OBIT­U­ARY

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

LARGER than life for most of his years, well-known New Nor­folk sports­man and exser­vice­man Ron Miles has died this week, aged 95.

A res­i­dent of Co­rum­bene Nurs­ing Home for the past few years, Ron passed away on Septem­ber 17.

He is sur­vived by his wife June and their chil­dren Kym and Linda and their fam­i­lies.

Ron’s fu­neral ser­vice will be at the Milling­tons Fu­neral Home, 151 Main Rd, Moonah, at 1pm to­day.

He was dubbed Tas­ma­nia’s “Mr Box­ing” in the 1970s and the name of Ron­ald Les­lie Miles was syn­ony­mous with am­a­teur box­ing through­out the state for many decades.

His sport­ing ca­reer of more than 60 years in­cluded his de­but as a young com­pet­i­tive boxer in the mid 1930s, more than 40 years as a re­spected trainer, a ref­eree for both box­ing and wrestling, and time as a pro­moter ex­pound­ing the noble art of gloved fisticuffs to all who wished to learn. He also wrote pro­lif­i­cally for the Der­went Val­ley Gazette.

Ron had his first ven­ture into box­ing in 1935 when, at 15, he started train­ing at a Ho­bart gym­na­sium.

He fought in sev­eral bouts with mixed suc­cess at var­i­ous tour­na­ments be­fore join­ing the Royal Aus­tralian Navy in March 1939. He re­turned to New Nor­folk in 1949 with his wife June and in­fant son Kym.

Ron played a ma­jor role in es­tab­lish­ing the Aus­tralian Newsprint Mills Box­ing Club. In 1954 he started the Der­went Val­ley Cham­pi­onships, which were so pop­u­lar they made New Nor­folk a state mecca for box­ing for nearly 30 years. He ran shows as fundrais­ers for char­i­ties and in the 1950s helped fur­nish the New Nor­folk War Me­mo­rial Hall.

Football was another big in­ter­est. Ron held many po­si­tions in the New Nor­folk Dis­trict Football Club, with 25 years as team man­ager, as well as as­sis­tant sec­re­tary and di­rec­tor, and team se­lec­tor for five coaches. He was awarded life mem­ber­ship in 1960.

Ron re­tired from ANM in 1980 af­ter 31 years and moved to Burnie be­fore re­turn­ing to New Nor­folk in 1995 to en­joy a quiet life with his wife June.

Ron was named in the 1978 Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours List for ser­vice to box­ing, wrestling and football. In 2000 Ron re­ceived a fur­ther hon­our in the form of the Aus­tralian Sports Medal ac­knowl­edg­ing his ser­vice to am­a­teur box­ing and football.

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