Ron Jones, 1934 - 2013

It is with great sadness that on Monday 14th October 2013 the Practice lost one of its initial founders, Ronald Jones at the age of 79.

 Having moved to Dorset in 1959, Ron worked with John Stark, becoming full time in 1963 and forming John Stark & Partners in 1965.

 A member of the RIBA and trained at The Architectural Association School of Architecture, Ron was also a member of The Ecclesiastical Architects & Surveyors Association and a Diocesan Surveyor from 1977. He later became a member of the Salisbury Diocesan Advisory Committee during which time he instigated and chaired the annual Architects Conferences.

 His work within Dorset and the surrounding counties is too numerous to mention but no doubt you will not travel far within the area without un-knowingly seeing one of his buildings. His own home which he designed and built in 1960 is recognised by Pevsner, in the Dorset Volume of The Building of England.

 Away from the Practice Ron was a keen sportsman, with football and athletics being high on his list. He represented Britain at Race-Walking. He was also a keen cyclist competing in a stage of the Tour De France from London to Canterbury at the age of 73 in which he finished in the middle of the peloton! He was also a keen motorsport enthusiast, not least Le Mans to which he made the annual pilgrimage, this also led to him building his own sports car – a Berlinetta.

 Our thoughts at this time are with his family, his wife Kay, sons Dennis and Greg and daughter Ellie and all his grandchildren.

 We (along with many others) owe so much to Ron as a work colleague and a friend; to sum up the thoughts of many over the past week …………………….. ‘A true gentleman’.