Lifestyle

Tweed community farewells Ronald

Ronald Johansen
Ronald Johansen

ONE of the Tweed's favourite sons, Ronald Johansen, passed away peacefully on August 20 and was laid to rest on August 24 following a funeral ceremony at All Saints Anglican Church.

Ron was 89 when he died from a cerebral stroke at Murwillumbah Hospital's palliative care unit, where he spent his final days surrounded by family.

Ron's wife Norma said on the day Ron fell ill, he was getting ready to go into town and told her he had a headache.

Ron asked Norma for some painkillers but when they didn't seem to make any difference and he started to look worse, Norma called an ambulance.

Following Ron's arrival at Murwillumbah Hospital and after a number of tests, doctors informed the family that a full recovery was unlikely.

Ron was then moved to the hospital's palliative care unit.

Mrs Johansen said one of the last things Ron said to her was in answer to her question 'how he was feeling' to which Ron replied "like a shag on a rock".

Ron and Norma spent 61 years together as husband and wife, and Ron was just about to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Mrs Johansen said the family was grateful it had the opportunity to spend the final days of Ron's life at his sid.

This meant his three sons, Robert, Gary and Brett and daughter Debra were able to say goodbye.

On the day of Ron's funeral and as a sign of respect, the flags at Murwillumbah's Civic Centre were flown at half mast.

Ron's contribution to the Tweed community spans many decades.

It includes his work on behalf of the local historical society, the Tweed River Agricultural Show Society, the Showground Trust, the Murwillumbah and District Tourist Association and the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Ron ran the family farm for many years and tough times forced him to reinvent the dairy farm which became a cattle breeding farm where he also grew bananas and raised pigs.

Ron was well-known for his remarkable knowledge of the Tweed and wrote 12 published volumes on the region's history, titled 'Tales of our Times'.

Ron also organised historic walks around Murwillumbah, during which he talked about such events as the 1978 Bank of New South Wales robbery and the 1954 floods.

Ron also worked as agricultural assistant at Murwillumbah High School and in 2007 was awarded the OAM for services to history and the local community.

In 2011 Ron was made a Heritage Hero for his contribution to heritage conservation in NSW.

However, Ron's daughter Debra said her father's proudest achievement was seeing all his children gain university degrees.

Topics:  community funeral murwillumbah stalwart



8 things you didn't know you could do at North Straddie

NORTH Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway whether you plan to stay for a day, a week or even a month.

A whisky-lover's blueprint to Brisbane's best bars

Check out The Gresham for some old-school fine drops.

SCOTCH, Whiskey and Whisky; it all gets a bit confusing.

Your guide to the best Brisbane markets

Enjoy the beautiful offerings of one of Brisbane's many markets.

WHO doesn’t love a good market!?

Ain’t no mountain high enough

No Caption

Brisbane's dishing up the mountain-hiking goods!

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

NSW tags its 100th white shark off north coast

Teams tag shark.

Kingy shark listening station has another great white to monitor

Nine goal haul helps Tigers bounce back

Gun Tweed Coast Tigers' recruit Glen Phelps kicked a season best nine goals last week, but will be missed against Lismore.

"It was a really good win and hopefully something we can build on”

Local Partners

Prince Harry reveals he wanted to leave the royal family

PRINCE Harry has revealed he “wanted out” as a Royal — and instead just wanted to lead an ordinary life.

Why streaming movies will cost more from July 1

Australians can expect to pay more for streaming services such as Netflix when the new taxes kick in.

The new taxes from July 1 won’t hurt the MPs’ big pay rise

What's on the small screen this week

Ryan Shelton in a scene from True Story with Hamish & Andy.

HAMISH and Andy hear another funny story and Cleverman returns.

MasterChef challenge ahead for top Tweed chef

Cabarita restaurant Paper Daisy's chef Ben Devlin will appear on Channel 10's MasterChef on Tuesday night.

"You need to be quite clever with choices”

Digging down to find Clare

Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen, who got her big break on the US TV series Nashville, is touring Australia with her solo album.

After five years on Nashville it’s time to tell her own stories.

TV REVIEW: Offspring season 7 is... fine

Alexander England and Asher Keddie in a scene from season seven of Offspring.

New Offspring won’t be remembered as the best season.

Gateway to $3 billion, 4800 home new Coast city opens

The start of Peter Crosby Way at Sippy Downs, the northern access into the Harmony master-planned community at Palmview.

Palmview's $3b master-planned community of Harmony

Millionaire Nathan Birch to offload $55M in property

Nathan Birch wants to focus more on developing properties.

Sydney property investor has announced he is selling up

Fame factor boosts property prices in Byron

The stunning Clarke's Beach in Byron Bay.

House prices surge by an incredible 39.5% in star-studded area

Buyers flock to Tweed hipster hotspots

Tweed houses and units continue to be hot property.

Casuarina keeps top spot for region's house prices

Grass is greener for Warwick real estate

Warwick's rural charm and affordable property prices are enticing buyers from Brisbane.

Quality houses for half the price of Brisbane attracting interest

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!