Tributes to proud Ron

Ron Chamberlain
Ron Chamberlain

Family members have led tributes to a former Ashfield District Council chairman who has died at the age of 94.

Ron Chamberlain died in a care home with his daughter Elaine and grand-daughter by his side.

He served as Labour member for June 1973 to May 1991 and as council chairman during 1984-85, as well as being a magistrate.

Elaine Wilkinson, aged 60, his daughter, said: “You would think my dad was younger than he was, he was very active and loved his garden.

“He was very involved in helping people and he was a very proud man.”

She said her fondest memories were her father’s sense of humour, as well as the family holidays they took.

As well as Elaine, Mr Chamberlain leaves son Philip, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His wife, Iris, died in 2010, aged 80.

Mr Chamberlain, a former miner, was born in Peterborough and moved to Kirkby as a baby.

He attended Kingsway Senior School and worked at Annesley pit and Kirkby Colliery, where miners agreed to pay two pence out of their wages to Mansfield District General Hospital to fund treatment.

Mr Chamberlain, formerly of Midfield Road, Annesley, was best known for his work with Ashfield Community Hospital, now known as Ashfield Health Village.

As vice-chairman of Central Notts Health Authority in 1990, he was involved in choosing the site for the hospital which was opened in 1993.

The following year Ron was asked to form an “in-house” charity.

The Friends of Ashfield went on to raise more than £250,000 before it closed in 2016 when all the hospital’s wards had moved elsewhere.

In 2008, Mr Chamberlain was honoured with Order of the League of Mercy medal for his services to the NHS.

He also had a suite named after him at Ashfield Health Village, which use to be a ward but now is used for admin and the district nurses.

Gloria De Piero, Ashfield MP, said: “Ron was a wonderful community spirited man and a passionate campaigner for the NHS.

“He always welcomed me into his home and showed me kindness and good advice. I will miss him.”

Mr Chamberlain’s funeral is at Mansfield Crematorium, Derby Road, Mansfield on Monday, November 27, at 2,45pm. Mourners are welcome.