RONALD (Ron) Aldridge of Emlyn’s Street, Stamford, died at Peterborough City Hospital aged 79.
Ron grew up in Burnt Oak, Middlesex, the youngest of three sons to Sydney and Cecilia Aldridge.
He started his working life at the Economist newspaper in 1946. Initially a delivery boy, his enthusiasm and quick mind saw him graduate to selling advertising for the paper.
In 1952 he met Peggy, a co-worker, and they began dating. They were married in September, 1959, and settled into their first home in Wembley.
Their thoughts soon turned to raising a family, and they bought a house in Kingsbury, where their happy union was blessed with two sons, Simon, in 1968, and Adam in 1970.
Ron’s career progressed to the Institute of Purchasing and Supply at Waterloo in 1962. A loyal employee, he spent more than 30 years with the institute, moving with them to offices in Ascot during the 1970s.
The family settled briefly in Camberley before the institute acquired new offices at Easton-on-the-Hill in 1983. The family relocated to Stamford where Ron and Peggy have remained for 28 years. Before Ron’s retirement he was working as magazine editor of the Institute of Credit Management in South Luffenham.
Ron remained an active sportsman throughout his life. In his younger days he was an accomplished centre forward for amateur football teams in North London and was a keen wicket keeper and opening batsman, playing for Chalk Hill and Kingsbury Cricket Clubs. He still enjoyed five-a-side into his late 60s, and was regularly keeping fit in the gym until earlier this year.
He was involved behind the scenes at Stamford AFC for more than 25 years, serving in numerous roles including periods as club secretary and director.
He rarely missed a game, home or away. His passing was honoured with a minute’s silence at the Daniel’s game against Loughborough Dynamo on September 13.
He remained a devout fan of Tottenham Hotspurs and spent his free time in the summer at Lord’s and Southgate watching Middlesex County Cricket Club.
Friends and family will remember Ron as a good-natured man with a big heart, quick wit and a ready smile. He saw the good in people and always reflected on the positive.
He leaves behind Peggy, Simon and Adam and grandson Luke. A service of thanksgiving for his life was held at Marholm Crematorium.
Mourners included: Peggy Aldridge, Simon, Finola Lang, Luke Aldridge, Adam Aldridge, David and Thelma Aldridge, Kath Aldridge, Sharon Picton, Robin and Lynn Benton, Ian and Helena Lang, Ann Barker, Tim, Angela and Gemma Barker, Richard and Sam Barker, Jonathan, Julia and Lois Barker, Andrew and Anne Barnes, Sheila Pell, Pat Ridgley, John and Kay Ridgley, Keith Ridgley, Karen Johnson, Grace Dibble, Jean Hows, Keith and Jean Hows, Chris Cutting, Justin Beasley, Justin Calfe, Richard Davies, Darren Mappleloft, Ian Eggleton, Mark and Lisa Webb, Ian and Wendy Groundwater, Dennis and Frances Jones CIPS and ICM, Peter Rowe, Kate Beddington Brown, Kath Fryer, David and Carol Needham (representing Burghley Ladies Luncheon Club).
Sympathisers included: Jacky Moore, James and Vicky, Mike and Lesley Haigh, Ann Statz, Doreen Challend and Tom, R & M Colgrove (J Beaver, G Evans, D & M Rowe), Sandy and David Ellis, Anne and Geoff Emery (Fiona and Darren, Creative Design and Print, Stamford), Jean Farmer (Jane Harrison), Janet Gorrie (Iain, Hannah and Richard), Eric and Nancy Alexander (Ken Moss, Jean and Ted Guy), Helen Alexander (David and Jackie Jackson), Mrs Pat Armstrong (Charles Armstrong), Christine Bearne (Peter Bearne), Meg Cox (John, Alison and Chris, Ann Davies, Andy Mallett, Eileen West and David), Rosemary Fraser (Ian Fraser), Kay Johnson (James Johnson), Sure Kendle (John Kendle, Bridget Yardley), Lauren and Cheryl Rigby (family), Cecilia Timewell, David and Heather Groves, Hendy Farquhar-Smith, Christine Rippington (Stamford U3A, Margaret Harkey), Marian Manger (Aileen Marriott), Jennie Widdop (country dancing and walking group U3A), Rita Wood (U3A singing for pleasure and music appreciation groups), Maisie Hand, Elaine Ward (Mavis Sharpe, Stamford U3A church visiting group), Betty and Jack Winter, John and Ena Drewnicki (Stamford AFC), Derrick Bates (Simon Bates, Brian Lane and family), Jeremy Biggs, Margaret Calder, Victor and Yvonne Couzens (Stamford Football Club), Richard and Sarah Curtis (SAFC), Michael (Dutch) Holland (family, Keith Savage and family), Phil and Jill Bee (Guy Walton.
Bob Feetham, (Stamford AFC), John Burrows (Joan Burrows), Andy Hunt (Deb, Stephen and Matthew), Pete and Sandee Lane, Giles Lawrence, Lewis and Wendy Lee (Kevin Lee, Melanie Lee), Keith Scarber, Linda Scarber, Roger and Janet Smith, David Toone (Rebecca), Roger and Liz Twiddy (Sandra Duncomb), Bill and Elsa Warrington, John Cartmell, Ray and Ruth Grimsey, Alec and Renee Burt (Burghley Ladies Probus Club), Graham Creedy (Vanessa Creedy), Colin and Brenda Francis (Brian and Pauline Andrews), Raymond and Shirley Garrood, David Jennings (Irene), Daphne and Ron Jones (Burghley Probus Club), Joan and John Keen, Trevor Kirk and Jenny Armstrong (Probus), Joan McNeill, Malcolm Plumb (Thelma Plumb), Joan Renfree (Dorothy and Terry Hepper), Peter and Pat Tibbert, Sandy and Carol Wilson, Sharron Carter (Lillie Carter, Robin Webster), Derek Warrick.