Sadly my friend and colleague Ron Kerridge passed away on Thursday June 13th. Ron was a wonderful man who had an almost insatiable appetite for knowledge. When you asked Ron a question you knew he would share that vast knowledge with you, definitely not a yes or no person.
He always was first and foremost a sharing person, not just of local history but of himself, especially of his family and his past sporting prowess. Ron’s achievements in football, athletics and marathon running are so considerable I can only scratch the surface here.
I asked him once how on earth he came to run a 100 mile race and I saw a glint come into his eye. He explained that he used to run marathons alongside a colleague and they used to dare each other by entering longer and longer races. Before the 100 miler there had been an 80 mile canal-side marathon. After the 100 mile race Ron explained that he most certainly needed the help of his wife Theresa to get into the car and even more help to get out of it! In all Ron ran over 100 marathons, an incredible achievement it seems to me.
Ron and I worked very closely together on a number of projects but I would certainly highlight the Old Worthing Street website that was part of the Heritage Lottery Funded, Worthing Village Project. This website at www.oldworthingstreet.com stands, alongside his books, as a tribute to Ron’s vast knowledge of old Worthing and Broadwater. As anyone who knew him knows, Ron always brought his amiable style to every presentation and would give time to anyone who would ask a question.
At his time of passing we were in process of writing a new book on old Broadwater and I shall certainly miss his guiding hand. There are some people you merely work with, some people whom you really befriend and certainly for me Ron became both workmate and friend. I shall miss him greatly as I know you will.