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I'm very saddened to hear of Ron's passing. Even though I never met him in person, he seemed like a heck of a stand up gentleman. Years ago on the forum there was a discussion on gremlin bells for your motorcycle, and how they have to be a gift from someone. I mentioned that I never had one. Next thing I know, I received one from Ron. Wow, what a nice gesture, sending one over from the U.S. I'm happy to say that it stays proudly on the front wheel of my bike, from my GL1500 to my GL1800. I will think of him every time I look at this bell.
 

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I never got to meet Ron and Betty but the admiration for them among those that did meet them speaks volumes. We did coordinate with them to deliver a geology themed Illinois trinket for Eric and Vanessa to commemorate their visit to our place. I do wish we had been able to meet and ride with them. Washington State is where I was born, so it would have been a double treat. My thoughts and prayers go out for Betty and their family.
 

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Although we meet many different people along the road of life there are very few that make an impact that we will cherish forever. Ron was one of those folks. If it wasn't a post on the forum to crack a few jokes or give advice, or an email forward that many of us came to love, or simply a phone conversation to catch up on life, and to say hello. The man was truly a class act. A lot of folks here at the GWOF know just how special he and Betty treated others and it will always be much appreciated.

As I said in my 1st response, Ron made the world a better place, he made the GWOF a better place, and I am quite certain he is making a better place right now.



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My condolences to all who have lost your good friend Ron. I am fairly new to the forum and did not have a chance to meet or even correspond with Ron, however your testaments in this thread speak volumes about the man and his family. He was a legend in the GWOF family and that was apparent by the posts that referred to Ron. When I first joined the forum, I read many posts that suggested "Ron would know about this and how to fix it", and "give Ron a call, he will help you out". I had also read about his cancer and the concern that others had for him. Rest in Peace, Ron.
 

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Condolences to the family, I only knew him through the forum and our last posts were about collectable Goldwing replicas and their worth. May he rest in peace.
 

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Today I am seriously saddened and very happy. I hope I am not jumping the gun to post this, but I received a call from Betty Robertson about an hour ago and Ron passed away this morning. For the past week or so he has been very ill. The cancer had spread to various parts of his body and it was just too much. I lost a great friend today and the world lost a very good man.

In 2017 I bought my Goldwing. I was making a ride around the perimeter of the US. I was planning to ride to Washington State and leave my Wing in a storage facility and fly home since I didn't want to be gone for two months. Mark Jamison, Crownfire, suggested I contact Ron and leave my bike in his shed. I told him I couldn't do that. Mark said to post my plans and he would take care of it. Short story is in 2017 I met Ron, Betty, and their daughter. Had great seafood feast for Memorial Day and celebrated with them for a few days with some great rides. Flew home for a few weeks and flew back in July to get my bike and ride across the top. Did that. On the morning I was leaving WA for Idaho, Ron rounded up a bunch of his friends most of which I had already met and escorted me across the Cascades. His comment was we want to make damn sure you got out of Western WA. It was a great ride.

Fast forward to July 2018. I met them in Montana somewhere. Rode across the Beartooth and Chief Josef to WY. Rode around there for a week and I headed home. As you would imagine great visit.

In 2019 the cancer was discovered and a friend and I were riding to Alaska. Ron and Betty insisted we come by on our way back and we did. He was doing quite well but couldn't ride with us. We changed oil in the shed. He got oil for my friend. As many of you know they were perfect hosts. When we left we didn't get escorted over the mountains but it was a good visit. We had prayer before we left their house. I told them we had spent the last 3 Julys together and I wanted us to do the same this year. It didn't happen.

In everyone's life special people come along. Ron and Betty are two of those people. I am happy today because Ron is out of pain and his family and friends no longer have to see him in pain. I am saddened as I only had a few years for our friendship. But what a friendship is was. Ron and Betty I love you guys.

One thing Ron and I discussed was how Amazing Grace sounded on the pipes. He wanted that played at this service. Due to the virus that may not happen, but it will. I want to see and hear that piper playing that song at Ron's grave. I plan to make sure I see that when this is all over LORD willing. Surely there is a piper in the Land of Tall Mountains that can play Amazing Grace.

Betty if you see this, rest assured I will stay in touch.
This is such sad news for me. So enjoyed Ron and his wry sense of humor. First met Ron as a Goldwinger, don't remember exactly where, but we'd meet at Chet's Honda in Quincy. WA. and have coffee. Think Betty had a brother lived near there. Anyhow June and I had lunch with Ron and Betty in Ephrata one day. Met Ron and gang at Winthrop one year and my son and Were in Cody in 2015 with me on my new CanAm Spyder. I too have missed Ron's great forwards and will miss him. My prayers for Betty and family, and with all the Bikers that loved him.
 

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I too never met Ron but he offered his help and a meeting on my 2019 RV cross country trip. He was one of the first to reach out and offer help, directions and places of interest. Truly a great member of GWOF and human being. My condolences to his family.

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Although I've owned my 1st Goldwing for a total of 49 days now and have been a part of this forum for just under that, my wife and I have had the great pleasure of meeting Ron & Betty on May 1st of this year. In honor of Ron and Betty I thought I'd share how we ran into them and BR2 for those that know what that means. We live south of Seattle proper in the small town of Black Diamond. Over the last year, my wife really enjoyed riding on the back on my Vstrom so much that we decided to get something bigger and more suitable for the both of us, and decided on the Goldwing. So there my venture started. After looking and sitting on various Goldwings for a couple of months I realized at 6'5" my best bet would be the GL1500 because of the leg room it gave me over the 1800. So, I scoured the internet in a multi state search looking for that perfect bike with a descent price tag and although I search for those two, the most important is the previous owner and how well he maintained the bike. So, we found one down in Hillsboro, OR, it was a small little boutique Harley shop that took a 1999 GL1500 in on trade and with only 42K on the odometer and super clean I asked him if we could come down that night and pick it up, this was on Tuesday. He said he was closed for the day and the next best day of weather was Friday, so I asked him if I could give him a deposit because we really wanted it. He said no need for the deposit, I'll hold it for you and see ya on Friday. Well, although it seemed like a steal, my patience got the best of me, or lack their of and I had to see what else was out there on the listings. So, I ran across this beautiful white one up north and spent some time on the phone talking to the owner about the care of the bike, one of my main concerns was the timing belts. Super great guy who did not know off hand if the belts had been changed, but happened to have the PO's info, so I asked him if he wouldn't mind if I called to discuss with the previous owner. This guy again, was a gentleman for sure and would feel confident he wouldn't mind me telling this story but he gave me the PO's number and I make the call. I then get on the phone with Mr. Ron Robertson who remembered the bike and informed me that the belts had not been changed to his recollection as we were continuing to discuss that bike. I was talking to Ron about my newness to Goldwings and the deal I found in Oregon when he mentioned he had a bike for sale as well. So, we spent oh I don't know how much time on the phone discussing Goldwings, his wife Betty and his love of riding and the numerous memories they created. So, long story short, I made a trek up to his place on that Friday night instead of heading down to Oregon, my wife, son and I. I knew I could potentially be riding my 1st Goldwing home that day when we pulled up to see a "Goldwing Alley" plate at the beginning of their driveway. That day we met 2 of the most special people, Ron & Betty, this is May 1st of this year. I look further and see this red but seemingly mostly chrome Goldwing in mint condition in their garage. I then spent quite some time just listening to Ron give me a run around the bike before I took it for a spin... He left no details undone and ensured I knew everything about the bike including all of the little special modifications and adders he did to the bike. It was their pride and joy and we could feel it, it was a big part of their life of which after hearing your stories and feedback, understand that it was much more than I had assumed. After taking the bike for a quick spin I was pretty much sold the moment I started talking to him on the phone offering so much help and information. When back at his place we further discussed the bike and many of the extra's he was happy just to offer with the bike, a generous heart for sure. It was at that moment on a beautiful day with 2 amazing people in their beautiful yard that we just couldn't leave, we wanted to spend more time with Ron and Betty for sure. So, low and behold, Betty invites us to have a seat on the back porch and she brings out some homemade banana bread, of which I can't remember if she said she made it or her daughter did, anyway, to say the least it was delicious. If I wasn't so bashful I could've eaten a few more slices... We knew at that point that what we were purchasing was much more than a bike, it was a season of their life and a very enjoyable one. We had recently sold a 5th wheel that we owned since our children were real little and oh the memories we made and when it was leaving our driveway, my wife was in tears... So, we kind of knew how this may go.. So, we spent a little longer enjoying that banana bread and some good conversation of which I know many of you have had numbers of those conversations as well. Ron and Betty had told us about Ron's cancer which made this that much harder but on the flip side were looking forward when my wife and I could take a ride back up there and have another round of banana bread with them. So, a few moments went by and then it was time to go, we had the opportunity to say a quick prayer looking forward to when we could make another trip back... With all of us in tears or just shy of them we headed out... The days that followed I would keep Ron up to date with some of the additional maintenance I was doing via email as well as well as getting more wisdom and advice from him which he just continued and enjoyed offering via email. So, in just a short 6 weeks or so, I would never have guessed what an impact a looking for a Goldwing would have on my wife and I. To say the least, it was an absolute honor to have known Ron, as briefly as that may have been and we are humbled to continue the memories on BR2. I don't think I have Betty's home phone number, or their address, so if someone could please message me with that information, or somehow get this to her, we'd really appreciate..

God Bless and my wife and I look forward to meeting some of you on the rode one of these days....

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Thankyou Bill from the bottom of my heart for recounting your story of getting Big Red 2. I have rode with Ron and Betty for many a miles. Big Red was in the lead most of the time and every now and then the Aussies were able to lead them astray a bit on our Bluey. Ron would say to others......................................don't ask me about this Bluey thing...........................it has something to do with being Aussie.
I will never forget the the day Lady V and I said our goodbye's on our first trip across the USA., there was a bit of a breaking in the voices on the CB's and there was nothing wrong with the CB's. There are just so many stories of our adventure with Ron and Betty.
When we get back to the USA it would be a pleasure to be behind Big Red again. You never know it may just happen.
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Thank you Bill for sharing that story. Ron and Betty were always a joy to be around. I hope you enjoy many miles and smiles on Big Red 2. That's what Ron would want. I hope to ride along with you one day.
 

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@BillSaas, while fighting back some emotions and reading your story, I can only say it was meant to be. A passing of a mantle from one classy guy to another classy guy.

And message sent.
 

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BIll thanks for that story. Just wanted you. To know that when I found out he had put BR2 up for sale i thought about buying it. Not that I needed it but just because what it was. I told Ron about my thoughts but told him the thing had too much chrome on it to clean. He laughed and said since I rode a sissy 1800 it wouldn’t be good for me anyway. Glad you met them. Did someone s Nd you the phone numbers.
 

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Thank you, Bill. I spent a few thousand miles on the road with Ron and Betty. Always great company and vast knowledge. I too, hope that we can meet and ride someday.
 

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BIll thanks for that story. Just wanted you. To know that when I found out he had put BR2 up for sale i thought about buying it. Not that I needed it but just because what it was. I told Ron about my thoughts but told him the thing had too much chrome on it to clean. He laughed and said since I rode a sissy 1800 it wouldn’t be good for me anyway. Glad you met them. Did someone s Nd you the phone numbers.
You bet Ray, I have Betty’s info, will get a card her way and hopefully can get away this Summer for a visit... You guys are great -
 

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Our good friend and family member Ron will be laid to rest today at 1 pm on the west coast. :cry:

Today jaNice and I had to run to Home Depot for some supplies.

On the way back we stopped at DQ in memory of Ron and his love for ice cream. Here's to you my friend we miss you very much.


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