Trib­utes paid to ex-coun­cil chief Ron Wheeler

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

RON Wheeler, the for­mer Tewkes­bury Bor­ough Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive, has died at the age of 79.

Mr Wheeler, who was chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and bor­ough sec­re­tary from 1974 to 1996, had been ill for a num­ber of years but died peace­fully at his home in Shur­d­ing­ton, near Chel­tenham , on Septem­ber 19.

He started his lo­cal gov­ern­ment ca­reer with Strat­ford-on-avon, Eve­sham and Chel­tenham ru­ral district coun­cils be­fore the for­ma­tion of Tewkes­bury Bor­ough Coun­cil in 1974. Ac­cord­ing to his fam­ily, Mr Wheeler, one of the youngest chief ex­ec­u­tives in the coun­try, threw him­self into the post with the tire­less pas­sion, in­tegrity and com­mit­ment for which he be­came known dur­ing his 20 years at the helm.

He is sur­vived by his wife Lorna and his chil­dren Sharon, Jonathan and Stu­art, plus five grand­chil­dren.

His fam­ily said pub­lic ser­vice un­der­pinned his core val­ues, as did be­ing a ‘peo­ple per­son’. In their trib­ute to Mr Wheeler, his fam­ily said he em­braced re­tire­ment with sim­i­lar en­thu­si­asm.

He was aware dur­ing his work­ing life, when he had ar­ranged for over­seas stu­dents from the Bri­tish Coun­cil to visit Winch­combe Pot­tery on their rest days, of how in­flu­en­tial the pot­tery had been yet how poorly doc­u­mented this had been - so he made this his ini­tial project. His na­tion­ally ac­claimed book, Winch­combe Pot­tery – The Cardew Finch Tra­di­tion, was pub­lished in con­junc­tion with Chel­tenham Art Gallery and Mu­seum in 1998. Stim­u­lat­ing trips abroad to China, Hong Kong, Egypt and many places in Europe, ar­ranged by the tire­less Dou­glas and Jenny Ogle on be­half of the Friends, were high­lights. Mr Wheeler was a keen sports­man and had school­boy tri­als for As­ton Villa, as well as play­ing a hand­ful of games for Mose­ley Rugby Club. He rep­re­sented sev­eral Chel­tenham sides at cricket, in­clud­ing Hather­ley and Red­dings, and Marle Hill.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.