Ron Bexley RIP

Died on 1st August 2022

Ron was born on 09/10/1921 to parents Bertram and Margaret Annie Bexley in Camberwell, London.

He was from humble beginnings, his father a bricklayer and his mother a house wife, but he excelled academically and won a scholarship to The Salesian College at Battersea, where he worked hard and did well. This was to have a lasting effect on him. The Salesians are a Christian brotherhood founded by John Bosco whose mission is to be signs and bearers of the love of God for young people, especially those who are poor.

After school he became an Articled Clerk as a trainee accountant with a firm of chartered accountants at Green Park, in the city of London.

But soon war broke out and he served in the RAF as Radar Mechanic for the duration of WW2. This is where he met Joan, later, to be his wife, who also served with the WRAF as Radar Operator

They both remembered those years with fondness of the comradeship and the spirit of service and being needed. He used to joke that he had to mend the radar sets that Joan broke!!

When war was over he married Joan on 28th June 1945 at Streatham, London and two daughters soon followed: Patricia in 1946 and later Margaret in 1948

He returned to that firm of chartered accountants and worked his way up through exams and hard work, achieving success as a senior partner for many years and retiring, comfortably at 58yrs.

During this time they lived in Stoneleigh in Surrey where they raised their family. Then later in Horsham in Sussex when he retired, and for the last 33 years in Exmouth Devon being close to daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Although Joan died in 1996, he had kept interested in life and belonged to several local groups such as PROBUS, National Trust and NADFAS taking his turn on committee service of those groups. Faith was his rock and he was a parishioner at Holy Ghost Catholic Church at Exmouth. Ron enjoyed classical concerts and especially cruises and foreign travel together with endless episodes of Downton Abbey! He was immensely proud of his grandsons James and Paul (now in their 40’s) and of his 4 great grandchildren, William, Oscar, Eva and George. He played a strong father figure for his grandsons when their father was sadly no longer present. Ron believed in education as the catalyst to opportunities and encouraged and supported them in their education and their university degrees and delighted in seeing them succeed in good careers.

He could be summed up by the word ‘Integrity’ which some may interpret as a bit dull, but he always did the right thing and set a strong example for his family.

Ron never forgot his humble roots and the charities closest to his heart were for the poor and those that cared for them. Salvation Army, Crisis, CAFOD, Shelter, Age concern and locally, Open Door.

He was stoic, uncomplaining and determined and had done so well, even in to his 90’s until maybe this last 18months or so, managing to remain at home which is what he wanted. His daughters went each day for several hours supported by carers morning and evening.

He was proud to receive his card from the Queen at 100years and was able to celebrate with a family tea party, but died just short of his 101st birthday with great peace and dignity at the RD&E Hospital, Exeter.

If you would like to make a donation in remembrance of Ron , There will be a collection plate and we chose the local charity Open Door

Open Door Exmouth has been at the heart of our community for over 25 years. They are a Christian charity, motivated by the call to ‘love your neighbour,’ seeking to make a positive difference in the lives of the poor.