Much loved and respected Harlow historian Ron Bill passes away

News / Fri 21st Apr 2017 at 06:51am

IT is with great sadness that the death of Harlow historian Ron Bill has been announced.

YY understands that Ron passed away on Wednesday evening. He was 85.

Ron came to Harlow in 1956 to work for the Harlow Development Corporation. For many he was the man who handed over the keys to not just a new council house but a whole new world of opportunity.

A lifelong committed Labour party supporter, he was a man totally committed to the ethos of the town and it’s vision.

Ron was a notable historian with many publications to his name. His most famous work perhaps was the Civic History of Harlow, 1955 to 1985.

In 2017, Your Harlow has been running a series of films called “Harlow is 70: Why They Came Here”. YH editor, Michael Casey sat down for several hours with Ron researching the history of the town.

A spokesperson for Harlow Council said: “Ron was passionate about Harlow’s history and its development as a New Town. His contribution to Harlow, his knowledge and interest in the town he loved so much will be missed. The Council’s thoughts and condolences go out to Ron’s family and friends at this sad time.

“Ron worked for Harlow Development Corporation and in 1968 joined Harlow Urban District Council as a Committee Officer. After Local Government reorganisation in 1974 he then worked in community services at Harlow Council until his retirement”.

We will publish many more tributes when we receive them but for now, here are our two films with Ron.

Ron, we just hope we can keep the flame of Harlow’s rich and varied history alive.

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