Former Mayor was a champion for residents in need of help

Former Mayor of Merton, Honorary Alderman Ron Haddow JP, has died aged 97. He passed away peacefully at St Christopher’s Hospice on Friday 10 March. 

Ron Haddow, Mayor of Merton 1979-1980

Cllr Ron Haddow, Mayor of Merton 1979-1980

Councillor Haddow was a Labour councillor for Mitcham South and Ravensbury Ward from 1971 until 1986.

He was Mayor of Merton in 1979-1980 and Leader of the Opposition from 1981-1985.

He served on many committees including Policy and Resources, Town Planning and Development, Social Services, Appeals, Emergency, Merton Police Liaison and Merton Safety Group, and on many committees outside of the council including Merton Citizens Advice Bureau and the Mitcham Common Conservators.

The funeral will take place at 11am on Wednesday 5 April at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Catholic Church, Mitcham, followed by a short service at North East Surrey Crematorium.

The family have asked for donations to St Raphael’s Hospice instead of flowers.

Current Mayor of Merton Councillor Brenda Fraser said: “Ron served his local community in so many ways over the years and his efforts are greatly appreciated by all of us.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. I met Ron a few weeks ago at a reception in the Mayoral Parlour. His memory will stay with us for a long time. Rest in peace.”

Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Ron was a true stalwart and strong in his support for fairness and gentle in his work for residents.

“I was honoured to have been his councillor in Ravensbury where he lived. I picked up many tips from him on how to be a better councillor. He always championed those seeking help. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”