It is with the deepest regret that we report the death of Cllr Ron Stone. Ron passed away yesterday (30.12.15) at the Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital (BRI) after a short illness. Ron had been a Councillor for St George West Ward for over 30 years.
Memorial Page for Ron Stone – www.tinyurl.com/ronstone
Cllr Fabian Breckels and Grenville Johnson spoke about Ron’s work in the community on BCFM Radio on Friday 8th Jan on the Politics Show. You can listen to the interview at bcfmradio.com/politics it starts at 22:40 mins on the 18:00 – 08/01/2016 show.
“St George Neighbourhood Partnership is deeply saddened to hear that our friend and colleague Ron Stone has passed away. Serving the community since he was first elected thirty years ago, Ron was a long-standing councillor and a true champion of St George – a community he was proud to serve for those three decades.
As a man of great integrity, Ron will be remembered as a steadfast campaigner committed to furthering social justice and equality in Bristol and beyond. The Labour Party has lost one of its most committed councillors. Bristol is a better city because of Ron Stone’s unwavering public service.
His hard work and dedication to St George will be greatly missed by all those who knew him as will his many great personal kindnesses to colleagues and constituents alike. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
– Cllr Steve Pearce, Vice-Chair – St George Neighbourhood Partnership
“I am very sorry to hear of the death of Councillor Ron Stone. He had an undying passion for Bristol and for those least able to help themselves. I always enjoyed his directness and wry humour – even when directed at me!
As a councillor for St. George West for 30 years, Ron had a vast knowledge of his neighbourhood and the people he served, making him an excellent ward councillor who made a real difference. With his keen sense of social justice, Ron made an enormous contribution to life in Bristol. He was an ‘establishment rebel’, always without his civic robes but seldom without his camera, recording people and events.
My deepest condolences go to his wife, family, friends and council colleagues at this sad time. Ron’s passing is a great loss to the city and the council, where his presence will be greatly missed.”
– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol
“On behalf of the entire council I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Ron’s family and friends.
Ron was a hugely dedicated councillor who made a great contribution to his community, constituents, the council and the city over his 30 years of service.
He was an active and passionate councillor whose presence in the Chamber enlivened and enriched any debate.”
– Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, Lord Mayor of Bristol
“Ron Stone was an incredibly hard-working and conscientious councillor for St George West, who served the ward with absolute dedication for three decades. He knew his ward back to front, and was always totally on top of all the local issues and casework. There are many ways in which he made a tangible difference in St George West, from helping hundreds of people with individual problems, to getting investment in Meadow Vale Community Centre and the play area in St George Park.”
– Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour, Bristol East)