Ronald Tucker


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11 August 1925 to 31 December 2010

Born in Portsmouth and served in the RAF as a conscript during the war from 1943 to 1947. He was in Coastal Command and was trained as a wireless operator. We do not have any documentary, only anecdotal evidence of Ron’s service but he was at various times in Australia, India which left an everlasting impression on him and latterly Europe. He flew leaflet drops over Berlin during the period immediately after the war. He also told us that he was responsible for delivering messages to the various Generals and other top brass throughout Europe. He was also, much to his everlasting chagrin, but along with thousands of others delayed being demobbed by over a year.

Typical of many of his generation he used his RAF Training in civvy street where he enjoyed many years as a Radio Ham and got his licence to establish an amateur wireless station in Havant in 1948 with a call signal of G3DCX. He also worked for the GPO telephones for several years around the Portsmouth area before working in the motor part retail trade until he retired in 1992.

Happily married to Barbara for 35 years, from whom he was inseparable, he enjoyed driving and spent many summer holidays driving round Scotland and Ireland where he would sample the local whiskies and ales. His enjoyment of driving was fulfilled even more after his retirement when his holidays assumed larger proportions with six week visits to favourite parts of Scotland and Ireland. He thought nothing of driving from his home in Basingstoke to the far side of Glasgow in one leg and did this as recently as 2009, much to everyone’s concern, apart from his of course. He also pursued his enjoyment of all things mechanical by servicing his own cars and attending steam engine rallies when and wherever he could. Perhaps the electronic age was a step too far as he never really got to grips with his PC although he did manage to use the internet and email occasionally. Perhaps the rapid obsolescence of electronics put him off.

A modest and private man Ron had been suffering failing health over recent months, Ron and Barbara were with family in Wales over the Christmas holiday and he sadly passed away peacefully.

Added by: Sarah Gill on 14th January 2011.

 

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