Gone Home: Ronald Lynton Caldwell
Ronnie Caldwell, Honorary vice-President of Clyde Scouts and former Area
Commissioner of Greater Glasgow Scout Council, passed away on 18 February at
the age of 94 years.
Ronnie was a Scout in the 1st
Glasgow Group and a cast member of the Glasgow Gang Show. After a distinguished
Army career during the Second World War Ronnie returned to Glasgow to work as
an accountant for Malcolm Campbell. He remained with company during his working
life, reaching the position of Finance Director.
Ronnie returned to Scouting as an
inspirational Scout Leader of the 1st
Glasgow A Troop before being
appointed as Area Commissioner in 1973 at a time of considerable change to
Scouting in the UK. Ronnie managed that change in Glasgow Scouting with flair
and good humour. With his wife, Diana, Ronnie introduced Beavers into Glasgow,
ahead of their national acceptance. He was also responsible for introducing
Young Leaders and for the Area Commissioners Emblem (ACE Award) to encourage
development in Scouting.
Following his retirement as Area
Commissioner in 1980 Ronnie became a Vice President. He returned to Scouting at
Group level as Treasurer of the 20th Glasgow (Milngavie).
Outside of work and Scouting Ronnie
enjoyed a strong family life. He and Diana were married for more than 55 years and
together with their three children (Martin, Kenneth and Moira) they enjoyed
active participation in a wide variety of sports and adventures and travelled
The importance of Scouting to Ronnie was
emphasised at his funeral and the music on exiting was ‘These Are the Times.'Author: Gary Bainbridge