Ron Gent ex-LEUT (O) RN died on 30 November 2022 aged around 86 after a month in hospital with an infection.

Ron served on exchange with 817 Sqn (Wessex) between 1966-68 and for a period Senior Observer. After returning to the UK he was posted as Operations Officer of HMS Bulwark. His heart was back in Australia so he resigned from the RN and migrated in 1972. He lived in Adelaide for a period before moving to Perth. At the time, he was told there were no positions available in the RAN for Observers. Unfortunately, Ron did not follow it up in later years.

He was well known in the RN/RAN for his cartoons and for the past three years contributed to Slipstream. Many in the FAA of that era would remember him.

Ron’s will be held at Fremantle Cemetery on Friday 30 December 2022, starting at 2pm Perth time

The Funeral director will be provided with the link for the live stream the day before (29 December 2022) at which time I will forward to you.  Please note that it stays available for viewing for 90 days after the funeral.  Just letting you know this in case there is a glitch. 

Some pics and one of his favourite cartoons are above.


Paul Shiels