About Ronnie Richards – 1953-2008
Ronnie Richards – 1953-2008
Penzance born Ronnie was a devoted family man, well respected national carpet fitter and a keen sportsman. Ron enjoyed tennis, cycling and most of all football. He was involved in local football and played in the Amor Shield League with Penzance Argyle 1976/77 season, after which he played for the newly-formed Long Rock AFC. Their most successful season was in 1983/4 when they won the Amor Shield, Marazion Cup and were the first team to win the Cable and Wireless 7’s trophy. For a short time in 1987 he joined brother Brian at Marazion to play in their West Penwith side but decided he preferred to play indoor 5 a side soccer. Ron collapsed and died whilst playing indoor 5 a side football with his son John and his colleagues from C and R carpets on 26 August 2008 at Penzance Leisure Centre.
Ronnie, third left, son John 2nd left, brother Brian 4th left, Brian’s son David 5th left and Ronnie’s former carpet business partner Alan Cutter 1st left
Ronnie, third left, son John 2nd left, brother Brian 4th left, Brian’s son David 5th left and Ronnie’s former carpet business partner Alan Cutter 1st left participating in one of a number of charity cycle rides for Cancer Research following brother Graham Richards long fight against leukaemia. Graham lost his brave battle in October 2007, and sadly Ron died just 10 months later in August 2008. Tragedy struck the Richards family again claiming the third family member in just over 3 years when Brian’s wife, Suzanne Richards, died in November 2010 following breast cancer. Ron, who had a compassion to help others, intended doing more charity work on his retirement but his sudden death prematurely prevented that ambition. Ron’s funeral on 5th September 2008 was attended by hundreds of mourners with music accompaniment by the Newlyn choir.