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Obituary: Ron Spellen

 Published on: 13th May 2016   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Former Three Rivers District Councillor David Ronald Spellen (known as Ron) has died,aged 85. The community-spirited local, who has lived in South Oxhey for more than 35 years, served as a chairman for Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) in 2010 and between 1995 and 2010, sat on a variety of boards for the Labour party. He followed in the footsteps of his wife, Alicia Nena Spellen (known as Nena), who also served as Chairman of TRDC and was a Labour councillor for many years. The couple shared an interest in local issues, international politics and current affairs and did everything they could to help others. It was this passion which led them both along the path to becoming politicians. Ron came to the UK from Guyana, South America in 1962, initially to study electrical engineering. His wife and two sons, Chris and Jonathan, joined him a few months later. The couple and their family first lived in Muswell Hill, North West London and went on to have two more sons, Sean and Matthew. Ron and his family then moved to Burnt Oak, Edgware in 1973 and remained there for eight years. They then moved to their current home in Muirfield Road, South Oxhey in 1981. After obtaining a qualification in electrical engineering, Ron spent a majority of his working years serving the local areas he lived in and working for the NHS. Likewise, his wife was very active in the community, volunteering and baking for school fairs and charity events. Ron was a keen gardener and spent most weekends socialising and getting to know the neighbours. Religion played a major part in his life and he attended Bushey & Oxhey Methodist Church every Sunday until he became ill. Whenever he was unable to attend church, he watched religious TV, something that continued right up until he was hospitalised. Music was also a passion of Ron’s. He had an eclectic taste, with everything from calypso and soca to Louis Armstrong and John Holt amongst his favourites. Ron was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and lost his battle with the illness on Thursday 5 May. He leaves behind his wife, four sons, five grandchildren and a niece and two great nieces who treated like a daughter and grandchildren. If you would like to attend the funeral, a service is being held at West Herts Crematorium on Saturday 14 May at 10.30am, followed by a wake at Watford Town & Country Club from 12pm.

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