City has lost a character in Ron, aged 78

Ron Wood.
Ron Wood.

A well-known Lancaster character who was always happy to help people out has died at the age of 78.

Ron Wood died in St John’s Hospice on July 3 after a short battle with cancer.

Ron was known throughout the city for his cheerful outlook on life and his willingness to help everyone out.

He grew up in Lancaster, going to Dallas Road School and going on to run Castle Engineering until he retired at the age of 57 and the business was taken over.

Ron met his wife Judith, also 78, at the age of 14, when they lived near to each other in Lancaster, and they married when they were both 21.

The couple went on to have two sons, Bruce and Nigel, who both sadly died at the age of 36.

“Ron was very clever and creative,” Judith said.

“He was very well known in Lancaster. I have been into shops and they have told me how the city has lost a character.

“He made everyone laugh.

“He was very good at helping people out – everyone would come to him for help.”

Brother-in-law Howard England said: “He was a very clever man, he could turn his hand to anything and he would always help anyone.

“He was famous for his hand carved rocking horses, which were just fabulous.

“This man was the life and soul of any event. What a super man he was.”

Ron was also keen on photography and making videos, and his work was featured in the Guardian recently when a spread of his photographs taken at the scene of the fire at Lancaster market in the 1980s was printed.

The funeral service takes place today, Thursday, at Lancaster Crematorium.