Bill Ronksley’s funeral, Grenoside Crematorium 12 noon Wed 5th December

Bill Ronksley’s funeral will take place at Grenoside Crematorium 5 Skew Hill Lane, Sheffield S35 8RZ

The funeral cortege for family and close friends will leave Wortley Hall at 1130hrs

Attendees at the crematorium should arrive between 11.30 and 12 noon. The service starts at 12.00

Buses for the funeral will depart 11.15 sharp on Shoreham Street near BBC Radio Sheffield (due to roadworks they cannot stop on Paternoster Way)

Two buses are booked and they will depart at 11.15 prompt

The buses are provided by ASLEF.

After the service, the wake will be held at Wortley Hall at 2pm. Bus travel there and back is provided.

The family have asked for no flowers but please donate to the The Railway Children charity, which looks after young runaways who congregate at rail stations

Please see the following message from Peter Lazenby. Can you help? If so, please email him urgently:

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Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2018 at 17:21

Subject: Morning Star

To: <>

Can anyone e-mail me photos of Bill Ronksley urgently?

There be a tribute feature about Bill in Wednesday’s paper and we’re short of some decent ones.

I’m arranging for complimentary copies of the paper to be delivered to Wortley Hall on Wednesday morning.


Peter Lazenby.

Pleae see this tribute from Catherine Bootham at Wakefield and District Trades Council

——- Original message ——–
From: Wakefield Trades Council <>
Date: 27/11/2018 18:23 (GMT+00:00)
To: “Mayer, Martin” <>
Subject: Tribute to Bill Ronksley

Dear Martin and Jenny,
It was good to see you and be reminded that I need to send you a tribute to Bill Ronksley from Wakefield Trades Council.
Older members of Wakefield Trades Council remember hearing Bill speak during the Miners Strike and spoke very appreciatively of the support for the Strike from ASLEF.

I had met Bill at an AGM of the Yorkshire Trades Councils in Leeds. He assisted me understanding my way through the complicated business processes of the meeting, keeping me right. In the break he spoke about the solidarity shown during the Miners Strike and need to remember the Great Strike, something so very important in the Trade Union history in Wakefield and across the Yorkshire Coalfield.

At the end of the AGM meeting in AOB he shared a response he had had from a US senator he had been corresponding with, and I recognised the reach and interest of this internationalist. A truly inspirational Trade Unionist that Sheffield Trades Council will be sad to lose, but very glad to have known, learned from, and counted amongst your comrades.

With the condolences on behalf of members of our Trades Council
Yours sincerely,
Catherine Boothman
Secretary of Wakefield and District Trades Council

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