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Mr Ronald Careless

January - 27 April 2015

Resident of The Royal Star & Garter Homes, 2008-2015

Ronald was brought up in Hall Green, Birmingham, attending Moseley Grammar School.  He served in the Royal Navy between 1944 and 1947 on board HMS Nelson.  In 1945, HMS Nelson oversaw the signing of the articles of surrender following the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.  HMS Nelson was later the subject of Ronald’s first book – ‘Battleship Nelson: The Story of HMS Nelson’ – which was published in November 1985.

After his time in service, Ronald returned home and joined the City of Birmingham Education Department, rising to become its deputy head before retiring in 1983.  He also played a very active role in the Sea Cadets, eventually running all Sea Cadet units in the Midlands Region and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserves.

Ronald had a very rich family life. He married Edna Davis in 1950 and became father to twins, Richard and Gillian.  Sadly Edna passed away in 1998.

Ronald came to live at The Royal Star & Garter Home, Solihull, in 2008.  With the support of his partner of recent years, Joan Hirst, and the innovative care he received in the dementia wing at the Solihull Home, Ronald was able to publish his second book in 2013, ‘For Your Tomorrow’.  The Royal Star & Garter Homes was proud to be able to support Ronald in his achievements.

Annette Stockham, Activities Manager at The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull, commented:

“We’re delighted for Ronald that his second book has now been published, it is lovely to see him smile as passages are read from it. We are committed to supporting all of our residents in living life to the full.”