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Ronald Church

Tired and weary you made no fuss, but tried so hard to stay with us

Date passed: 27th of May 2018

Funeral date: 8th of June 2018

“Tired and weary you made no fuss, but tried so hard to stay with us”


Peacfully on Sunday 27th May in Leighton Hospital, Ron aged 74 years.

The beloved partner of Paula a much loved dad of  Julie, Nicholas, Melanie, Blake and Jack, a cherished grandad of Lorrinda, Ashley, Bethany, Lacy, keira, Kennan, Maisey, Alfie and Leo and treasured great grandad of Jade, Kane and Teddie.

Ron was born on Wednesday 26th April 1944 to his proud parents Violet and Terry, both have now passed away, Ron was one of three with Terrance and Kim. When he was born he weighted 13lb 3oz, a fact he was very proud of!

It was a happy home in Ramsbottom Street, Crewe. Ron went to West Street boys and Ludford Street, he was clever and artistic and could have gone to art college. He loved time with his family and his cousins Johnny, Peter, Barry, Ronnie and Jimmy Appleyard.

Those were the days when your door was always unlocked and neighbours were good friends.

Ron always liked bikes but wasn’t popular taking them apart in the kitchen.

Ron was great fun to be with and a loyal friend.

He was young when he left school and took care of his mother who was ill.

He had many jobs, Railway, Fireman, Brickmaker at Trufly and owning his own taxi firm, C&N Taxis. He employed a lot of full time and part time people and worked incredibly hard himself along with friends Pete and Norman in 1983 to make it succesful.

He loved antiques having a little pitch at Dagfields. He enjoyed fishing both at home and abroad.

He had a passion for Karate and had his own clubs in Lostock, Alsager and Crewe. Kath and Fred Harrison who were former students of Ron’s still run a club to this day of which he’d be very proud.

Ron loved all nature, being at his best and most relaxed when looking after his plants.

He liked a wide variety of TV shows including the darts and Storage Hunters.

He was married to the late Margaret Harris (RIP) in 1965, they had three children, Julie, Nicholas and Melanie. Later on he met his partner Paula in 1995 and went on to have Blake and Jack.

Ron had a full life and his varied interests made life busy and enjoyable.

At 58 years of age Ron suffered a severe stroke that changed his life and those around him. Those who knew him will know that he said things as they were. He was a lot of fun to be with and was a caring, kind man who was brave enough to deal with the Stroke. His partner, his family and friends have been dedicated to him.

At his funeral we will play his favourite peices of music including Eye of the Tiger, Day Dream Beleiver, and the thanksgiving service for Ron will end with Frank Sinatra singing….what else????   I did it My Way.

Redream as he would say.

Ron’s funeral will take place at Crewe Crematorium Chapel on Friday 8th June at 2.40pm. Any donations in Ron’s memory are for the valuable work of the Stroke Association.

Further information please contact our funeral.


12 Condolences

  1. Paula Williams on June 6, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Ron, I miss you so much it hurts. I think about you all the time, you will forever be with us in our hearts, I can still hear you shouting and swearing and singing. The last 24 years I’ve spent with you I will cherish forever. Thank you for blessing me with 2 beautiful lads, Blake and Jack, who will carry on in your footsteps. Goodnight, sweet dreams, until we meet again. Paula. xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  2. Deb Roberts on June 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Ron it was great meeting you when you came to stay with Paula, Blake and Jack. Giving me orders to make you a cup of tea and an omelette at 1 o’clock in the morning! And the laughs we had….too many to mention. Reminising about the 60s music with my dad. All my family that met you are saddened that you are no longer with us as you made a big impact on many people. R.I.P my friend, sleep well xxxx

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  3. Brian Bentham on June 6, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Ron what a true pleasure to have known you both as a senior karateka and as a friend. I look back at the times when we were in your company and a smile comes to my face. To you Paula there is no doubt you / we will miss him but as long as we hold on to those memories then hopefully it will help during the times we need comfort. God bless you Ron
    X. Brian, Amy and the little ones.

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  4. Lorraine and brian xx on June 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Will be thinking of you Paula and the boys,god bless Ron, sleep tight💙💙💙 Paula, he must have been a very strong man but then he had a strong woman behind him,u dedicated your life to him and yes u got 2 lovely boys and your beautiful grandson to be strong for, take care Paula, lots of love and hugs from Lorraine Brian xxx ❤❤❤

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  5. Sue Riley on June 6, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    So sorry Paula, Ron was always so good to Mum and gave her a chance when no-one else would’ve done ❤❤

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  6. Natalie on June 6, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Ron R.I.P. You always made me smile and made me part of the family .I will miss your contagious smile and your laughter, your lovely partner Paula and the 2 boys
    Blake and Jack are a credit to you .Now it’s time for you to shine so bright in the sky. I will look at the night sky and think of you.xx

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  7. David Norburn on June 7, 2018 at 1:05 am

    First meeting Ron 16 you could well be forgiven for thinking that was a scary grumpy bloke.

    But then in the small hours of the morning as your shift answering the taxi office phones quietened down you got to meet the real Ron.

    A man who couldn’t help himself but be fatherly. Long talks about fishing, constant telling’s off for smoking and the wonderful nights when he would dash back and forth between the office and his living room, bringing back one at a time the latest antique, bit of fishing tackle or photograph from the latest fishing trip. Each item with a story attached that he took great joy in telling.

    A testament to the Gentleman he was i suppose, that each of his children and grandchildren who I have had the pleasure of knowing are all also wonderful people.

    It was a pleasure to have met you Ron and my deepest sympathy to Paula, your children who I have never met and to Julie, Mel and Rin who have remained friends some 30 odd years later.

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  8. Cathy Fred Harrison on June 7, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Dear Paula, Blake, Jack, Julie, Mel & Nick. Ron was our Sensei, Mentor & best friend . He will be deeply missed by all at Mid Cheshire Shotokan Karate Club, Northwich. This was the first Karate Club he set up in the 1970’s . Now run by his former students Fred and Cathy Harrison . Ron was a hard task master, mentor, dear friend, who’s students achieved many accolades . He will forever be in our hearts & terribly missed, rest in peace Ron, love Fred, Cathy, Jo, Dean & Humbug & all at Mid Cheshire Shotokan XX

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  9. Lisa Lancaster on June 8, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Paula we would like to send our deepest sympathy for you and your family. Eddie Carleton Barbara Charlotte John and Lisa xxx
    Dad has some fond memories of working in the North shed in the 60s such a lovely guy xx

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  10. Callum Crocker on June 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I met Ron just before Christmas a couple of years ago with his Karate family. He was awarded a certificate by the Head Chairman of the British Karate Assosiation for his dedication to karate for the last 40 years. To see how happy he was to receive that and be together with Fred, Cathy and Dean will stay with me forever.

    I have always heard stories about Ron from my karate senseis and when he came to watch at the club I train at, I felt privaledged to have him there.

    I wish my entire best to the whole family. He will be missed dearly!

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  11. brian seabright on June 12, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    R.I.P. Ron,
    A great guy, wonderful company. Always made me laugh. You were the British karate Association chief referee back in the day, always a pleasure to be in your company. You’ll be greatly missed by all that knew you as a friend and in the Karate World.

    You certainly won’t be forgotten.
    xx Brian and all the members of the B.K.A

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  12. Dawn Millett on June 13, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I would like to send my condolences. I feel honoured to have met him through being a student at Mid Cheshire Shotokan. Though I didn’t know him well, I would just like to offer my deepest sympathy to the family at this sad and difficult time.

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