Over 200 family and friends packed into Holy Family Church to bid farewell to Ron Inglis, known to many in Swindon as Ron Travolta, who died suddenly of a heart attack the day before he would have turned 55 years old.
The popular DJ, well known in the town’s music scene, was also the presenter of the breakfast show Swindon 105.5fm community radio. Many Swindon Borough councillors and dignitaries attended the funeral to respect the man who quizzed them on air.
The occasion was all the more tragic for station manager Shirley Ludford who was due to marry Ron later in the year.
Leading the service Rev Jeremy Rigden read a tribute prepared by Shirley. She wrote: ‘Ron was meticulous, fair, generous and kind. In March he proposed to me – he got down on one knee and when I asked how long I had to reply he said 60 seconds. I made him wait 50 and then said yes.
‘I’ve never seen anyone so happy and after the brief moment of thinking ‘what have I done’, it felt right and exciting. He always promised we would have a fun day.’
Shirley’s final words to Ron were: ‘Until we meet again I will miss you and I love you.’
He also gave a tribute on behalf of Ron’s son Chris who wrote: ‘My dad was funny and was always playing jokes. He once called me from the kitchen, told me to take two paces left and put my hand out –when I did he put the kettle in my hand because he wanted a cup of tea.
‘He was always there for me and he taught me some life lessons. It’s good to laugh and my dad did plenty of that.
‘I didn’t know until after he died but he was going to ask me to be his best man, which I would have loved to do and would have made me proud.’
The end of the service was marked by Manchester City’s anthem ‘Blue Moon,’ as Ron’s casket sporting a club shirt was taken from the church for a short private service of committal at Kingsdown Crematorium.
Mourners gathered at the Moonrakers afterwards. Money is being raised in Ron’s memory for the British Heart Foundation and Swindon 105.5fm, which is planning to start DJ-ing courses in his memory.
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