Monday, May 29
Some of you will have heard the sad news that Ron Dowling passed away on 3rd May following a long period of ill-health. Our thoughts are with his wife Shawn at this difficult time.
Ron was an active member of the club, and apart from being an above average time-triallist, served for several years as Chairman of the committee and was very involved in youth racing as a member of the British Schools Cycling Association. For many years he would go over to the continent as a helper and coach for the very popular week long Youth events held in Holland and in fact was one of the first coaches to recognise Nicole Cooke’s talents as a rider – you may remember that she became Junior Champion of the World in road racing, time-trialling and mountain biking. She was also the youngest British Womens National Road Race champion at 17 years old.
Tragically, Ron lost his son Trevor in a freak accident at a squash court but afterwards devoted his time to encouraging and recruiting youngsters into the club. He would take them on a number of off-road rides which they all enjoyed, but unfortunately there was a huge outbreak of foot and mouth disease that meant these rides had to be cancelled. The result was that the youngsters could not be taken out and inevitably left the club.
Although we hadn’t seen much of him over the last few years us “old-uns” will have fond memories of his wicked sense of humour and the pleasure of his company riding the local roads.
Ron Dowling’s funeral will be held at Aldershot Crematorium at 1.30 pm on Monday 5th June. Ron’s family have requested that no flowers are sent but instead donations are made to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.
A reception will be held afterwards at the Aldershot Cricket Club.