A memorial bench has been unveiled in tribute to Garston’s much-loved judo coach.
The bench was revealed in the Meriden Centre on Tuesday July 28, on the one-year anniversary of Ron Field’s death.
Ron was a coach at St Michael’s Judo Club in Garsmouth Way, and he was still coaching in the weeks up until he died from cancer on July 28, 2019.
GarstonNews spoke to his grandson, Matt Chamberlain, who has now taken over the club.
He said: “We’ve moved a couple of places but we’ve been down at the Meriden Centre for about 20 years or more.
“They’ve been brilliant with us and when the Watford Trust took it over, the support they’ve given us is unbelievable.
“They’ve kindly done a bench for my grandad as a thank you for the stuff he has done for the community, it was nice to see him honoured that way and that he gets recognition for everything he has done at the club.”
Matt said his grandad was very much loved in the community.
He added: “Everyone loved him, you couldn’t find a better person. He has helped so many people over the years, you couldn’t have met a much nicer man.”
Community centre manager Natasha also paid tribute to Ron.
She said: “It is important to us as staff at Meriden community centre and Watford FC’S Community Trust that Ron’s commitment to the local community is recognised.
“It’s often the case that people who work so hard for local people and who give so much of their life to helping others do not know how highly they are thought of outside of their own families.”
Talking to Ron’s family, she added: “We hope that as a family, you, and those lives that he touched so positively, will be able to find some comfort in Ron’s very own little piece of the Meriden and that you will find time to come back again to sit on the bench to further reflect on Ron’s life”.