It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write to let you know that our Life President, Mr Ronnie Walker, passed away on Thursday.
Ronnie was 95 and as many of you would have known had failing health in recent years. He died peacefully at home, in his sleep, surrounded by his family.
Many of you who attended our 125 year Summer Ball, where Ronnie made a video message, will remember his humour, wit and most importantly his wish for Saltwell to flourish and become a force to be reckoned with. He enjoyed nothing better than a visit from many a Saltwellian who kept him up to date with the comings and goings of the club and I am sure he was proud as punch seeing a photo of a Saltwell vest in the Evening Chronicle on more than one occasion recently.
Ronnie was a member of the running community since 1939, keeping detailed training diaries, and up until recent years ran/walked most days. His stories of days gone by were the highlight of many an AGM when he addressed the club.
As yet, we do not know when/where his funeral will take place but as soon as I know I will let you know. In the meantime, if anyone wishes to send a personal card/letter of condolence could you please address if to Mrs Bev Jobson (Ronnie’s daughter) c/o 46 Cromer Avenue, Low Fell. Gateshead, NE9 6UL
As you will not doubt know it is our club 10K tomorrow night – as a mark of respect and remembrance we will be holding a minute’s silence before the start.