Our genealogy world is sad today after hearing of the sudden passing of Ron Arons. Not only was Ron the guy in prison clothes at genealogy conferences, he also had the biggest smile in the room. He was kind, intelligent, and a friend.
I remember Ron's first webinar with us, Putting Flesh on the Bones. It was different than any previous webinar. It didn't contain the usual list of websites to check, or a step-by-step tutorial on using some kind of tech. It was a case study. I think it was our first case study. I remember the audience wondering when he would get to the "good stuff". By the end, they were commenting how they could apply his techniques to their own research. Some of their comments:
"Gives me the inspiration to look further into my ancestors lives!"
"Delightful case study, loved the sense of humor!"
"It's opened up many more avenues for me to check out."
"This webinar gives me hope."
"I learned so much and laughed so much, too."
"I was enthralled with every twist and turn which Ron presented on this part of his family."
"Loved it! A nice departure from the usual fare - and I learned a few things."
"What an entertaining person Ron is. This was informative and hilarious and everything all in one! I enjoyed it tremendously."
Ron was like this in real life—inspiring, delightful, and entertaining. We will miss this. We will miss him. We are better because we knew him.