Ronald C Maddison
January 1, 1935 – December 29, 2019
Ronald Charles Maddison passed away peacefully at the Advent Hospital in Orlando, aged 84. Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife Margaret, dear father to Christopher, Julia and stepson Mark. Ron was born in Birmingham, England, where he taught Astrophysics for 33 years. He moved to Florida in 1991 and was Observatory Director at the BCC Planetarium until 2006. He was a great lover of steam trains, spending many happy hours building models.
Friends and family will be received at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home on Saturday 18th of January 2020 at 12 noon, where a Celebration of Life will take place. In lieu of flowers donations to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Ronald C Maddison
March 12, 2021
Favourite memories... Around 40-45 years ago...
Saying "somesing like zat?" with a smile and a wink. I learnt "this" and "that" at the speed of light.
I knew what a "traction engine" is and how it works before I had learnt what a desk is.
Learning about the Milky Way by the railway. Stargazing while waiting for the half past ten to Crewe and Liverpool or Manchester
Landroving to the telescope on the hill and see Saturn.
Patrick Moore who very seriously explains neutrinos to me.
Listening to Nana Mouskouri.
Witnessing what nitrogen can do to an elastic band.
Making stars my kin and physics fun.
These are my fondest memories of Mr Maddison.
January 11, 2020
I will miss you Ron. I always enjoyed our talks about England, trains and the many funny stories of what Jack (both of them) was up to. I am grateful to have known you and so lucky to have Margaret as a dear friend. Love you.
January 10, 2020
I have known Dr. Maddison for over 20 years and met him shortly after he and his wife Margaret moved to Florida. During those 20 years I was privileged to be his CPA and prepare his tax returns and assist him in some financial matters. He was a perfect gentleman and I have never met a person more mannerly and enjoyable to talk with.
He and I enjoyed many conversations on his career as an Astrophysicist and it is thru our conversations that was created my interest in that subject.
By coincidence he and I had the same Cardiologist and yesterday I was talking with him and I told him that Dr. Maddison had passed away. And the first thing he said was that "Dr. Maddison was one of the nicest men he had ever met". I certainly share that view and will always cherish his memory.
January 6, 2020
The members of the Antique Telescope Society extend our deepest condolences to the family of Ron Maddison, who was the third President of our society from 1994-1997. Ron was a very active and influential member, and he and Margaret were a delight to have at our conventions. Members who had the pleasure of knowing Ron personally, while saddened by his loss, know that he is now absorbed into the Universe that he always had a bond with.
January 5, 2020
Sad news of Ron’s passing. He was a great help to us setting up an astronomy society at Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory in the UK and he did our first lecture. I got to visit Ron and Margaret in Florida when I was doing my flight training. Ron and Margaret will be in our society’s prayers.
January 1, 2020
So sad to hear of your passing dearest Ron. I am so grateful to have known you as an inspiration since the late 1960s when we both worked at Keele University. After a gap of many years, it was an even greater joy to reconnect with you and Margaret in 2012 and to introduce my American wife Sherry to you both in 2015, now that I too live in the USA. Will miss everything about you Ron, especially your emails full of the most wonderful characteristic direct and uncompromising views. You were a stellar person in so many ways.
Cathy and Jim Latham
December 31, 2019
Will miss you so much at our breakfasts at Cozy Corner. Think it will be a while before we will be able to go. We've been friends for so long and we will miss you greatly.