We are saddened to share that our friend and longtime member, Ron Cartlidge, has passed. We received this letter Letter from his children, Justin & Jennifer.
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our father, Ron Cartlidge, passed away this morning. His physical and mental health have been declining over the past months and his body and mind were exhausted. We feel some peace knowing that he and our mom are together & will be celebrating Christmas with one another in Heaven. We will send up dates via this email chain as service plans are determined. Thank you for your words of kindness and support over the past few years. Please feel free to share with anyone who may want to know. With love, Justin and Jennifer
Funeral details and obituary
Funeral services for Ron Cartlidge will be held this coming Monday, December 20th at 2pm at First Baptist Church of Austin, with a gravesite internment immediately following at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. There are currently no limitations on how many can attend the service at FBC, but we are still in the process of confirming if a live stream will be available for those who are not able to attend in person. If live streaming is not available, we are also looking into the possibility of having the service recorded so it can be uploaded to the Weed Corley Fish website for future viewing.
Addresses for the funeral and gravesite services are listed below:
Funeral Service at First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity, Austin, TX 78701
Gravesite Internment Service: Austin Memorial Park Cemetery 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78731
Thank you to everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers.
-Jennifer & Jennifer Cartlidge
Aubrey Ronald “Ron” Cartlidge born January 21, 1939, passed away on the morning of December 12th following a lengthy decline in his physical and mental health. Ron was an author, educator, teacher and coach all of his life. He was selected “Outstanding Teacher in Texas” in 1983 by the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. He served his community as a member of the Austin Parks and Recreation Board where he was named outstanding Board member. He was also a Past President of the Austin Jaycees, Texas JCI Senate, a Master Mason, Knights Templar, and the Mustang Owners Club of Austin, Texas. He and his wife, Sharon, were active members of the First Baptist Church where he stayed connected to a variety of friends in the community and met weekly with his Sunday School classmates and others including Moton Crockett, a descendant of Davey Crockett.
Ron was a member of the I.B.M., The Magic Circle in London, the Magic Collectors’ Association and a Life Member of the S.A.M. He was a stalwart supporter of I.B.M. Ring #60 in Austin, Texas, and Past President of S.A.M. Assembly #206 and friend to the broader worldwide community of magicians. Up until the end, he still planned to attend the January 2022 S.A.M. National Convention in Las Vegas. Though interested in magic from his youth, it wasn’t until 1993 that he returned in a big way with the local magicians. He was always interested in magic, particularly from the historical aspect. He attentively watched sales of magic paraphernalia and published spiral bound books with updates on how much certain items went for at auction. But perhaps his best known achievement to the general world of magicians was the 2002 publication of “Houdini’s Texas Tours 1916 & 1923” which recounted the time Houdini spent in Texas. This was a book that was seen being carried around the White House by another Texan, G.W. Bush, during his Presidential years. Ron later published another limited edition of the book, “Houdini and the Ku Klux Klan.” Ron was active with the Texas Collectors’ group, too, taking on the role of chairing the group after the passing of Claude Crowe. For 11 years, Ron served as the Chairman of the Austin World Famous Magic Auctions, too. Ron was often seen attending not only the T.A.O.M. conventions, but also many of the national events. He hosted an annual Christmas party at his home that became legendary and an annual popular event.
A committal service for Aubrey will be held Monday, December 20, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78731. Following the committal service will be a funeral service from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon, who passed from Alzheimer’s in 2020. Ron is survived by his children, Justin and Jennifer.