TRIBUTES have been paid to one of the leading lights of the Burton arts scene following his death.
Ron Price will be forever remembered as one of the longest-serving members of the Burton And District Arts Council (BADAC) executive committee.
He passed away at the age of 82 on Friday, June 20, after a long illness and his former colleagues have now lined up to pay tribute.
Geoff Thompson, BADAC chairman, said: “Ron was one of the longest-serving members of the BADAC executive committee and a most loyal and committed member.
“For many years he had been responsible for the Open and Small pictures exhibitions which BADAC organised jointly with the Brewhouse.
“Although the fine arts was Ron’s particular area of interest he was always a diligent ambassador and proudly promoted the opportunities BADAC had to offer in the wider community.
“Ron was no token committee member. He was both hard working and blessed with an abundance of ‘commonsense’.
“He had a quiet, confident, genial manner and the ability to both instigate and respond sensitively to the changing circumstances in the arts community over the years.
“I particularly valued his voice of calm and willingness to steady the tiller when waters were choppy.”
It was only a month ago that Ron and his wife Joan attended the BADAC annual general meeting and bursary awards presentation.
“I was glad to have had that opportunity to sit and have a drink with them both in the Brewhouse bar as I had done so many times in the past.
“The local arts community has lost one of its champions and I mourn the passing of a dear friend.
“I feel sure the whole membership of BADAC would wish to join me in sending sincere condolences to Joan and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.”
A private cremation will be followed by a memorial service at 2.30pm today at St Mary’s Church, in Rolleston on Dove.
Anyone who would like to make a donation in his memory is urged to send it to St Giles Hospice.