Thursday, 14 January 2010

Sad news

It was very sad to hear last week of the sudden but peaceful death of the ex Swanage Lifeboat Cox'n, Ron Hardy at the age of 91. Ever since I have been involved with the crew, Ron has been a seemingly constant presence nearby at the angling club and has been a source of loyal and wise support for us and the work we do.

It is therefore a huge honour that the crew have been asked to be pall bearers and provide a guard of honour at the funeral next Monday at 1pm at the URC church in Swanage. Though I can't be there my thoughts will be.

Of course, every good man is supported by an equally capable woman, and our thoughts are with Ron's wife, Joan, whom he leaves behind. Joan too has been a huge supporter of the lifeboats. Just over a year ago she stood down as the President of the Swanage Lifeboat Guild after many, many years of loyal service.

The picture above shows Ron as Cox'n of the R.L.P. sometime in the early 70's.

I would be delighted if anyone who remembers Ron's time on the crew and as Cox'n could leave a memory or two as a comment here.


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