Death of loyal Times mechanic – at 104

Ron Balding (pictured far right) on his retirement from the South Yorkshire Times.
Ron Balding (pictured far right) on his retirement from the South Yorkshire Times.

Loyal mechanic Ron Balding – who gave decades of service to the South Yorkshire Times before becoming one of the area’s oldest living residents – has died aged 104.

Loyal mechanic Ron Balding – who gave decades of service to the South Yorkshire Times before becoming one of the area’s oldest living residents – has died aged 104.

Ron with his card from the Queen and at his retirement from the Times.

Ron with his card from the Queen and at his retirement from the Times.

Mr Balding died at Highgrove Care Home, Mexborough, on Monday, April 11. He spent most of his working life for the company as a general handyman, chauffeur and mechanic, before retiring in 1971,

His nephew, Ron Balding, of Creswell Road, Swinton, said: “Uncle Ron was a very loving sort of chap. He looked after his wife Lucy, in her declining years. Then he brought his sister-in-law to live with him until she died in 2001.

“He was a very handy and skilled man – I remember him building his own caravan. It was so well built, he had to hire a lorry to take it to Cleethorpes! I had my very first holiday in that caravan.

“He was a general handyman at the South Yorkshire Times for many years, and was very well known by everyone who worked there at the time. I suppose he has outlasted the vast majority of his colleagues.

“He was still driving his car at the age of 96!”

Mr Balding’s funeral was held at Rotherham Crematorium on April 21.