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I am sad to report that Ronhjones passed away on the day he made his last edit, as confirmed by a friend of his I contacted on Facebook, who confirmed that the Wikipedian and their friend were the same person. I can't find any online obituaries but there's his Facebook profile and this edit of his ... tying these together are LinkedIn and this Researchgate link, plus the information he posted on his userpage. I'm trying to contact his family.

I myself didn't know him very well, but I knew about his work in anti-vandalism and on non-free images. RIP. Graham87 13:39, 1 May 2020 (UTC)

Oh, that is very sad news - I did wonder if something was wrong with the lack of contributions. Ron helped me on numerous occasions and was a tireless fighter against vandalism. He will be much missed. RIP Ron. David J Johnson (talk) 13:56, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
Sad news. RIP. El_C 14:00, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
Sad news indeed. RIP, Ron. De728631 (talk) 16:16, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
Rest in Peace, Ron. Lord Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 16:21, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
I mostly knew Ron from Commons. When someone doesn't edit for a while, you always assume they're just taking a wikibreak or moved on to other projects in their life. You never assume this. Rest in peace, Ron. - Alexis Jazz 17:26, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
Such sad news, RIP Ron, My sincere condolences to friends and family. –Davey2010Talk 17:32, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
Just read how they both sadly passed which is both tragic and shocking/awful, RIP to both Ron and Sue, Again my sincere condolences to friends and family. –Davey2010Talk 18:42, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
I've protected his subpages; I had a bad feeling something may have happened. My condolences for his family and friends. Moneytrees🌴Talk🌲Help out at CCI! 20:04, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
This is sad to hear. You did well here, Ron. Rest in peace. bibliomaniac15 22:18, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
Very sad to hear this. A great Wikimedian, you really worked hard to make the place better! You're sorely missed. ~ Amory (utc) 01:27, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
He was always full of help. He will be sorely missed.--Mr Fink (talk) 04:54, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Personally I knew his contributions mostly through his bot which did many useful tasks across the 'pedia. I certainly wondered why he and his bot had stopped editing so suddenly. I never would've imagined the worst. Rest in peace, Ron. Galobtter (pingó mió) 05:38, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Terrible news! RIP. Double sharp (talk) 06:02, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
I didn’t interact with you many times but every death touches hearts. Rest In Peace. ~ RhinosF1(Chat) / (Contribs) 21:05, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
aw rip {{31}}{{25A (talk)}} 22:50, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

I've gotten in contact with his niece, who told me she very much appreciates the tributes here. Graham87 11:32, 2 May 2020 (UTC)

Such a kind and helpful person who worked tirelessy for Wikipedia, very sad news. Britishfinance (talk) 11:50, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • A great Wikipedian. A caring person who selflessly contributed to knowledge. Condolences to his family and friends. Govindaharihari (talk) 14:25, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Thank you, Graham87, for the information, sad as it is. RIP, Ron. —DoRD (talk)​ 15:43, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • So sorry to hear this sad news of a great WP contributor, and of a fellow chemist/WT:CHEMICALS-editor at that! Belated condolences to all. DMacks (talk) 16:04, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • What a shame, RIP Ron, Govvy (talk) 16:27, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • It looks like he lived a life that pleased him. Judging from his Wikipedia work, he left a worthy legacy. RIP.--Smokefoot (talk) 16:34, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • This is a terrible and shocking thing. To hear that he and his wife both perished in a house fire is awful. Guy (help!) 16:52, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • So sad to hear this terrible news. RIP Ron and Sue and belated condolences to all. Nil Einne (talk) 17:36, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I'm saddened to hear about this. I cannot remember if Ronhjones and I ever interacted but I remember seeing his name around often for many years and knew he was a prolific contributor. Best wishes to his family and friends. Acalamari 17:59, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Sad to hear. My condolences to their families. Rest in peace, Ron. —Dirk Beetstra T C 18:03, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • f*k. I never thought this could be the reason behind your inactivity Ron. I am at a loss for words. Even though we barely interacted here, somehow it feels like I lost a real life friend. I will never forget you Ron. I pray you, and sue rest in peace. —usernamekiran (talk) 19:54, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Very sorry to hear this. SarahSV (talk) 22:06, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • You've been missed, and now we know why. May you, Sue, and your pets rest in peace. Miniapolis 22:40, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, Ron.
     — Berean Hunter (talk) 13:13, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace Ron and Sue. Very sorry to read this. --Green Giant (talk) 08:55, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Ron, I'm very sorry to hear about this. What a sad way to die. I hope that you, your wife and your pets will rest in peace. --Stefan2 (talk) 11:54, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Really sorry to hear about this tragic news. RIP Ron and Sue. - Mailer Diablo 12:18, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
  • My deepest condolences to his family and friends. I remember him as a fine, friendly Wikipedian who made a difference here. Rest in peace to him and his wife. Jusdafax (talk) 22:33, 19 June 2020 (UTC)


I have some even sadder news that I can now share publicly: Ron and his wife Sue died together in a house fire, as noted in their obituary from the London Inland Waterways Association newsletter. The friend of theirs who confirmed his passing also told me this info, but I didn't want to say it here without confirming that it was publicly available or getting permission. Graham87 16:02, 2 May 2020 (UTC)

How depressing! :( I very much enjoyed working with Ronhjones over the years. It hurts to not only hear of his and his wife's passing, but that it took so long to uncover, and the such tragic and seemingly avoidable way that it happened. Rest in peace, Ron! You certainly made your mark here. We will miss you. MusikAnimal talk 21:43, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Oh, how horribly sad. Thank you for letting us know, Graham. Ronhjones will be missed, has been missed, is missed. And however dreadful the knowing is, not knowing would have been worse. --bonadea contributions talk 22:19, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Very sad news. I liked Ron. We didn't know each other very well, but he was always upbeat and compassionate towards everyone. He will be missed. Kurtis (talk) 08:58, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace Ronhjones. (talk) 02:18, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I'm shocked to hear this. I've also seen him mostly on Commons. Rest in peace, Ron and Sue. Rehman 05:37, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I was working with Ron on a project here when he died, and he came across as a sensible, level-headed and knowledgeable chap. I am quite shaken to hear this, and what a tragic incident too. So undeserved. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 09:46, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
  • So sorry to hear this. He is missed and his contributions will live on. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 15:49, 6 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I've got tears in my eyes. May both rest in peace... and while he cannot read it anymore: thanks for everything. Trijnsteltalk 11:06, 8 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Gutted. I knew he was missing for a long time, then I got an email alert on 6 May from Graham87 and still hasn't really sunk in.--Rocknrollmancer (talk) 11:48, 8 May 2020 (UTC)
  • This is so sad to hear. Ron had helped me with a bot request a year and a half ago, I remember most of how kind and generous he was in his assistance. An excellent Wikipedian, may he and his wife rest in peace. S.A. Julio (talk) 16:04, 8 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Rest in Peace. Thanks for the second chance 10 years ago and all the emails we exchanged. -- Citizen 05:27, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
  • RiP. Jingiby (talk) 18:01, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Two years ago, Ron responded to my request to close a discussion. I am saddened to hear of his and Sue's passing. My sincere condolences to their friends and family. Rotideypoc41352 (talk · contribs) 20:54, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
  • RIP. SpencerT•C 01:10, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
  • I just learned about this through Headbomb. Oh my god. My sincere condolences to their family, loved ones, and all who knew them. Rest in peace, Ron and Sue. I echo what Trijnstel has said: while they sadly cannot read this, thank you for everything that you have done for the projects. You will both be greatly missed. I am at a loss for words...may they rest in peace. --TheSandDoctor Talk 05:58, 28 June 2020 (UTC)
  • To @Graham87:, thank you for letting us know and for contacting his niece to inform her of the messages that we have left. --TheSandDoctor Talk 05:58, 28 June 2020 (UTC)
  • I didn't interact with Ron much, but I did see him around often - and always in a positive light. I only now became aware of this devastating news, and would like to offer my condolences and prayers to the others. You will be missed. — Ched (talk) 13:40, 21 July 2020 (UTC)


European topics

Thank you for quality articles such as Chirk Tunnel, National Theatre, Warsaw and Karl-Heinz Schröter, for templates such as Oxford Canal Route Map, for work on the list of canal aqueducts in the United Kingdom, for the sense of humour in your infobox, - Ron, you are an awesome Wikipedian!

You are recipient no. 2390 of Precious, a prize of QAI. We miss you, and Sue. I wish I had met you sooner. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:39, 2 May 2020 (UTC)

Edit count statsEdit

Due to Ron's high edit count, it was impossible to use XTools Edit Counter to get a full picture of his edit count statistics, so I asked MusikAnimal, one of the maintainers of the tool, to create one manually for me. For anyone else who's curious, the output is at User:MusikAnimal/Ronhjones. Graham87 03:04, 7 May 2020 (UTC)

@Graham87: thank you for linking this/asking for this to be created and thank you to MusikAnimal for generating the report. --TheSandDoctor Talk 06:41, 28 June 2020 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 8 May 2020Edit

One of the userboxes he has put on this page states his current age as if he was still alive. Should this be changed to include the end dates as "year = 2019 and month=04" as what a late famous person's BLP would look like, say "{{death date and age|2019|4|7|1950|5|4|df=y}}" for example. Iggy (Swan) (Contribs) 23:27, 8 May 2020 (UTC)

@Iggy the Swan: See the relevant page history. I considered this ... what would happen if you substed that template along with {{User Wikipedian For}} and User:X!/Userboxes/admin. There were two issues: it created a mess of wikicode, and I didn't realise the latter userbox had already been commented out as it's not obvious with my screen reader settings. It occurred to me that it'd be easier and probably more respectful to just comment the date-sensitive templates out altogether, so that's what I ended up doing. If you reeeeeally want to work on this in a clean way in a sandbox or something, feel free to do that and link to it here so it can be considered, but I personally think there are far more important things to do on the site. Graham87 05:20, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
Nah, don't worry about it at all; let's tjust leave Ron's user page as it is. I for one am really glad I took the age template off my user page now ... Graham87 05:59, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
Respectively, the current version of the userboxes is better as it is instead of messing syntax code around. Iggy (Swan) (Contribs) 08:59, 9 May 2020 (UTC)

@Iggy the Swan and Graham87: I agree. I also believe we should leave his userpage as it is, out of respect. But maybe we can add "Ron died in April 2019 at blah blah age" under deceased template? —usernamekiran (talk) 13:51, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

@Usernamekiran: Nah, it's fine as it is. Graham87 13:58, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Deletion nomination of UK Chemical Reaction Hazards ForumEdit

With a heavy heart I've just nominated an article Ron created, UK Chemical Reaction Hazards Forum, for deletion; the nomination is at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/UK Chemical Reaction Hazards Forum. It feels insulting to place a normal deletion warning template here under the circumstances, but I think the nomination is worth mentioning here anyway. Graham87 13:20, 10 May 2020 (UTC)

Boat of Saint PeterEdit

Hi Ronhjones, how are you? Me I'm fine!

I opened this page about an ancient tradition in my region Lombardy. Please, I ask you some minutes, to correct my mistakes, it will be a great joy for me. Thanks a lot and have a nice week end.

Rei Momo (talk) 10:42, 3 July 2020 (UTC)

@Rei Momo: Um, there's no nice way to say this ... but he died in a house fire last April; see above. His death also explains why you never got a response to your last two messages, too, but the Wikipedia community didn't know about it at the time. Graham87 15:00, 3 July 2020 (UTC)
@Graham87: I'm very sorry for my message, but, believe me, it was not to be bad taste or macabre. Cause my quickly opening his page, I didn't put attention to the label. Sorry, very sorry. I light a candle for him in my house. Rei Momo (talk) 16:56, 3 July 2020 (UTC)

Grudge MatchEdit

It seems you locked the article Grudge Match in 2015. Does it really need to be locked indefinitely? -- (talk) 22:55, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

Given the circumstances (see above) and the article's history, I've unprotected it. — JJMC89(T·C) 01:43, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
Thank you. -- (talk) 10:50, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Category:Unclassified Chemical StructuresEdit


A tag has been placed on Category:Unclassified Chemical Structures requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section C1 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because the category has been empty for seven days or more and is not a disambiguation category, a category redirect, a featured topics category, under discussion at Categories for discussion, or a project category that by its nature may become empty on occasion.

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. Liz Read! Talk! 16:20, 19 October 2020 (UTC)

Tony Ferguson Edit?Edit

I edited the Tony Ferguson page. Do I not have the permissions to do so after some 11 years of editing? With respect, this pi$$es me off (pardon my French). I have been reluctant to edit here for some years now, PURELY because of some (not saying you) Admins having ridiculous power trips. Any chance I could be granted whatever blessings, powers, and/or petmissions the Pope (or whoever) require so I may edit articles without being hassled and going through the extra trouble of a jury trial? 🤪. I'm retired now, and was hoping to do a lot of contributing in coming years, but I won't if I have to refight the Battle of the Hypen again. Doc James, you still around. Can I get a reference, bro? I will be doing lots of medicine stuff too. Thank you in advance for your decision, whatever it may be. Cliff (a/k/a "Uploadvirus") (talk) 16:40, 24 October 2020 (UTC)

  • @Uploadvirus: Had you looked at the top of this page before posting, you would have seen that this user is deceased and therefore can't reply. Your addition to the Tony Ferguson article was unsourced personal commentary and its removal (by a non-admin) was perfectly justified. If you disagree, you can start a discussion on the article's talk page. SuperMarioMan (Talk) 22:07, 24 October 2020 (UTC)

No, you're right - my sincere apologies. VERY bad day, long story. I was an idiot for posting that. Prayers for the deceased mans family, thanks for your kind - kinder than I deserved - reply. Cliff (a/k/a "Uploadvirus") (talk) 15:51, 25 October 2020 (UTC)

  • No hard feelings, Uploadvirus. We all have our bad days. Thank you for those words. SuperMarioMan (Talk) 22:37, 25 October 2020 (UTC)

your opinion please...Edit

I requested your opinion on the deletion of File:Krista Ford, business student and former captain of the Toronto Triumph, of the Lingerie Football League.jpg after a questionable {{f7}} tagging.

You didn't respond, possibily because a newbie mangled the heading. I am repeating that request. Geo Swan (talk) 00:38, 26 October 2020 (UTC)

Um, @Geo Swan:, see the section right above this one – specifically, the second message there, from SuperMarioMan. (talk) 00:59, 26 October 2020 (UTC)