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Ron Griffiths

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9th May 1939 – 10th March 2004

Though he was born a Londoner, Ron’s heart lay in the country and the outdoor life. He was an Englishman who felt more at home on the Shetland Islands and walking the hills of Royal Deeside, Scotland, with Kizzie, his doting black labrador.

During National Service with the Royal Greenjackets, Ron pursued his interests in canoeing, rock climbing and parachuting. He subsequently became a civilian member of the British Parachute Team, successfully representing his country at international competitions. Invited back to the Army as a parachute instructor he developed an interest in gliding. His love of flying developed; he applied for, and successfully joined, the Army Air Corps as a helicopter pilot. During his Army career he saw active service and carried out peace keeping duties.

Leaving the Army in 1977 to join BA Helicopters based in Shetland, and later Aberdeen, he flew helicopters in support of the North Sea oil industry. In 1994 he moved south to Norfolk, flying for KLM UK and later for Bristows.

At the age of 60, Ron finally retired from flying and looked forward to spending many years relaxing and improving his golf. Ron was killed in a fall at his Spanish apartment on the 10th March 2004 at the age of 64.

A kind and gentle man, he is greatly missed by his wife Jane, his children Matt and Jo, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. The lives of his grandchildren, Sebastian, Faye, Jennifer and Luke, will forever have a void where this fun loving Grandad should be.

It was during his career flying over the unforgiving North Sea, that Ron’s admiration for the work of the RNLI was established. His friends and family continue to support the RNLI in Ron’s memory.

Ron's son, Matthew, followed in his father's footstep and is a pilot.


As I ponder the love that I saw in his eyes,
A Godly love, given without compromise....
I recall many times that he stood by my side,
And prodded me on with great vigour and pride.
His voice ever confident, firm and yet fair,
Always speaking with patience, tenderness and care.
The power and might of his hands was so sure,
I knew there was nothing we couldn't endure.
It's true, a few others provided insight,
Yet, he laid the foundation that kept me upright.
He's the grandest of men to have lived on this earth,
Although he's not royal by stature or birth.
He's a man of great dignity, honor and strength.
His merits are noble, and of admirable length.
He's far greater than all other men that I know,
He's my Dad, he's my mentor, my friend and hero.

~~By Debbie Hinton Young.~~

Added by: Jo Bull on 31 July 2007.

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