By Melanie Carr 

In 2022, my daughter Thea and I walked from Peterculter to Stonehaven in memory of Ronnie Pearson – the best Granda and Great-Granda anyone could have asked for.  

Ronnie was a little man with big ideas. He created crazy contraptions and pieces of mechanical genius. The first time I ever saw anything powered by wind was when I watched him make a turbine to power his caravan when I was a wee girl.  

People talk about the glue that holds a family together, the person that keeps their family heart beating. We had so much more than glue; we had the strongest of welds created by a man we all adored.  

He built cars. Not just fixed cars but built them by hand in his garage. He wanted to fly - so he did. He looked at a Jaguar and thought ‘I can improve that’, so he did. There was nothing he wouldn’t have a go at. He was a man ahead of his time.  

He was quick witted with a wicked sense of humour. He loved to tell a story and he had hundreds of them to share. He was one in a million. 

His death was hard and heart breaking for everyone who loved him. We watched as he was so quickly robbed of his memory, of his quick wit and brilliant brain. We could see him fighting his hardest to stay with us but in the end which came far too soon, dementia stole him from us before he was ready to go. 

Alzheimer Scotland - Action on Dementia works to fund research and support people dealing with dementia. We can’t think of a better way to honour the memory of such an amazing man than raising money that will directly support people living with dementia and help to make their lives better.  

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Melanie and Thea Carr


Melanie and Thea Carr