Memories of Ron
Created by John 11 months ago
I shared some wonderful times with Ron.
Verbier is prominent in my memories , a superb place and super chalet .
Every year we have had additional members to core for Ron’s week . In one of the early years Brian Sanctuary joined us .He was a theoretical chemist at a Canadian university. Brian was a wild ,fast and random skier . He would often leave the piste without warning and disappear in a flurry of snow . He committed the cardinal sin of skiing past Ron which we all paid for later in a hairy off-piste session .
Brian was a friend of Tom Halstead . One day we were skiing on Mont Fort and it was decided that we should continue on to Tortin down Gentianes . It was difficult but fun .
A group of women from Lancashire were rolling down the mountain laughing all the way .
We got to the bottom and discovered that Tom was missing . Tom had damaged a knee and Ron hiked up to him and carefully shepherded him to safety— forever the Red Leader .
My own greatest fear in Verbier was the kitchen.
At the start of each week Ron produced a chefs batting order. Ever sensitive to my fears Ron always put me on early in the week with the best possible Sous-chef in the form of Lorraine. I was never paired with Peter Cliff ,don’t think anyone suspected favouritism. After my cooking ordeal I was then able to relax for the rest of the week.
I shared many interests with Ron including golf .He was a good competitive golfer who became the first Rabbit’s Captain at Easingwold Golf club .
A happy memory was going with Ron,David and Robert to the Open at Turnberry. We had two rounds of golf and a day at The Open. Ron was in a new BMW with all the gadgets .These he demonstrated in a car park at a Castle Douglas pub . He was particularly keen on the parking monitors . He demonstrated their effectiveness by ramming a wall in the car park much to the amusement of David and Robert, although no one said a word .
Ron was a keen walker .We had some wonderful days on the moors with Ron and Bridget .
One day we were near Boltby and a shooting party blocked our way . Ron a great believer individual rights demanded we pass , the game-keepers quickly saw they could not win and we continued on our walk .
Ron enriched the lifestyle of many people including myself and Ann .
A wonderful man . Brilliantly intelligent with real presence .He had a keen sense of injustice and empathy .