Ron Price: 1932 to 2014

When Ron died on 20th June, he and Joan had lived in Rolleston for 51 years, working as a Principal Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, before a long and fruitful retirement.

He was a conscientious governor of the John of Rolleston School; a long-serving member of Burton Art Club and BADAC, for which he organised the annual Open Art exhibition; a member of the Village Plan committee; and a founder member of RODSEC on which he served as vice-chairman for many years. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Burton Engineering Society, TREATS and the Friday Luncheon Club. Ron was “a good WI husband” who was always willing to help and advise with village festivals and exhibitions, and to act as a steward at any village function.

Arnold Burston.

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Geoff Thompson, BADAC chairman, said: “Ron was one of the longest-serving members of the BADAC executive committee and a most loyal and committed member. For many years he had been responsible for the Open and Small pictures exhibitions which BADAC organised jointly with the Brewhouse. Although the fine arts was Ron’s particular area of interest he was always a diligent ambassador and proudly promoted the opportunities BADAC had to offer in the wider community. Ron was no token committee member. He was both hard working and blessed with an abundance of ‘commonsense’. He had a quiet, confident, genial manner and the ability to both instigate and respond sensitively to the changing circumstances in the arts community over the years. I particularly valued his voice of calm and willingness to steady the tiller when waters were choppy.”It was only a month ago that Ron and his wife Joan attended the BADAC annual general meeting and bursary awards presentation. I was glad to have had that opportunity to sit and have a drink with them both in the Brewhouse bar as I had done so many times in the past. The local arts community has lost one of its champions and I mourn the passing of a dear friend. I feel sure the whole membership of BADAC would wish to join me in sending sincere condolences to Joan and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.”

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Last updated: 8 November 2014