Funeral service to take place for veteran Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat member Ron Cannon

Ron Cannon

A funeral service for veteran Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat man Ron Cannon will be held in Ramsgate tomorrow (February 2).

Ron had been an active RNLI volunteer for 53 years and was former coxswain of Ramsgate lifeboat. He died on January 7.

Ron was a crew member of Ramsgate RNLI – one of the busiest stations in Britain- for 37 years – and the coxswain for 25 of those. During his time at the helm of Ramsgate lifeboat he was awarded two Silver Gallantry medals – the RNLI’s second-highest honour.

He was also presented with The Maud Smith Award.

Ron retired as coxswain in 2001 and was succeeded by his eldest son Ian. He maintained his association with Ramsgate lifeboat station firstly as a Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) and subsequently as Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) until he reached the RNLI’s required retirement age.

Last October he went to Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE awarded to him in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours.

The service will be held at St George’s Church, Church Hill, at 1.30pm.

All welcome. No flowers, instead the family request donations to Ramsgate RNLI or Pilgrims Hospice in Margate.