Dear Christian Friends,
Our dear brother Ron Robertson Passed away during the night. Please surround Nona and family with your prayers as they move through the grieving process; that they will be very much aware of the love and consolation of God.
It is with praise and thanks to God that we acknowledge the influence he had on each of our lives severally. We all hold precious memories of how Ron influenced our lives for good. However may I share some thoughts I gleaned throughout the years?
Ron was a committed family man. Those of us who knew him well are very much aware of his love and commitment for Nona and the family. He experienced great joy from their frequent family gatherings. When Ron and Nona married in 1992 Ron had three daughters and Nona five children. Ron had 5 granddaughters and 11 great-grandchildren; being the cricket enthusiast that he was he referred to his great grandchildren as his “cricket team”. Nona has 21 grandchildren. The love the extended family share for each other is beyond measure. In association with Heather, one of his daughters, they compiled a family newsletter each month.
Ron was appointed the first full time Secretary of the NSW Baptist Homes Trust on 5 November 1956 and served as the “Chief Executive” for over twenty-seven years, during which time there was a phenomenal expansion of the work of the Homes Trust and Community Services. He was a gifted speaker and writer; who spent much time in deputation to the Churches in addition to his administrative duties.
Within the local church he was involved as a Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, Leader of Christian Endeavour Societies, Clubs and the like. He was also involved with organising concerts, missions, picnics, house-to-house drives, financial campaigns and the usual functions associated with a large church. Ron was also involved in the wider ministries of the Baptist denomination. He served as the honorary chairman of the NSW Baptist Young People’s Department. As Chairman he represented the Young People’s Department at the Federal Board Meetings in Melbourne and Brisbane. He planned and compered the large Baptist Youth Crusade meetings held in the Central Baptist Church for more than a year. He wrote a weekly column “Barnabas” for inclusion in “The Australian Baptist”. During the year 1980-81 he served as President of the Baptist Union of New South Wales.
In 1947 he became honorary Pastor of the Lidcombe Baptist Church. He was called to a number of other churches until he joined the Homes Trust in 1956. This was done in association with his vocational work. This service covered the full range of pastoral duties. Following retirement in 1984 Ron again served as Interim Pastor in a number of Baptist Churches until 2000. In June 1994 The Baptist Union placed Ron’s name on the “Recognised Ministers” list
Ron was a man of service and good works. He was a member of Sercom, a contraction of the words “service by men to the community”. He was a member from its inception in 1974 until it closed in 2011. When it disbanded, Jim Muir, President of Sercom, presented Ron with a specially struck medal acknowledging his most faithful service over 37 years.
On 1 July 1977, Ron was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal.
In July 1983, the Council of the NSW Baptist Homes Trust Council decided to name the Day Care Centre built at Carlingford “The Robertson Community Centre.” On 13 April 1984 the Council bestowed on Ron the title of Honorary Life Member and Secretary Emeritus of the Trust.
On 30 January 1986, The New South Wales State Governor, His Excellency Air Marshall Sir James Rowland presented Ron with the medal and plaque of a special award, “The Advance Australia Foundation.”
Ii is with thankful hearts that we salute this Man of God whose life’s ambition was to honour God.