Ron Dixon – a lawyer with a lifelong passion for walking

Ronald Dixon

Ronald Dixon, a resident of Penrith since 1999, died on April 10 at Lancaster Royal Infirmary, aged 91.

Ron was born in Leicester in 1930. He attended high school there and studied law at Cambridge.

After military service he returned to Leicester where he practiced as a barrister. He married Ethel in 1964 and the couple had two children, son Philip and daughter Chris.

In 1984 Ron was appointed as a district judge and moved with his family to Boston, Lincolnshire, where Ethel died in 1990.

After retiring in 1999, Ron wasted no time moving to Penrith to pursue his lifelong passion for freefall walking and he completed two All Wainwrights tours in his 70s.

He was an active member of the Penrith Ramblers group, walking with them most weeks for many years.

Ron was also an avid choir singer. While working in Leicester he sang with the Leicester Philharmonic Choir, which is how he met Ethel.

In Penrith he joined the Penrith Singers and Eden Singers and appeared in many local concerts with both choirs as a tenor.

A funeral service will be held at Eden Valley Crematorium, Temple Sowerby on May 3 at 12:30 p.m.

Walkers Funeral Directors, Penrith, are making arrangements.