It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our great friend and colleague Ron Mitchell who passed away last Wednesday 31st January.
The funeral will be held at the Sussex and Surrey Crematorium at 2:15 pm Monday 19th February. Please wear bright colours, single flowers only.
Ron’s career in the timber industry spanned some 65 years (with only a short break for National service). Starting at John Stenning’s Sawmill in Robertsbridge at the age of 14, Ron went on to be a sawyer and timber buyer across the length and breadth of England. Later in life, he continued to work for Balcombe Estate as an advisor, sawyer and yard foreman for 20 years. His expertise in timber and sawmilling was a key part of the development of Balcombe’s sawmill. His legacy is not only the knowledge and work ethic imparted to colleagues but also fond memories of his dry sense of humour and the lasting friendships forged throughout his career.
Ron (left)pictured working the old Stenner bandrack with lifelong friend Ernie Fry.