‘He loved this town’: Former mayor of Berkhamsted laid to rest after funeral at St Peter’s Church

Funeral of Ron Cowie. January 17, 2013.
Funeral of Ron Cowie. January 17, 2013.

Crowds of people packed into St Peter’s Church today for the funeral of popular former mayor Ron Cowie.

He was well known as the founder of the Berkhamsted & District Chamber of Commerce, which he served as chairman for 20 years.

He only stood down from the post in April last year, a month before he handed over his mayoral duties to Councillor Ian Reay.

He was still a Berkhamsted town councillor at the time of his death, as well as chairman of the Berkhamsted Town Hall Trust, which raises money for the upkeep of the historic building.

Iain Lang read out a speech that he had co-written with Mr Cowie’s wife Christine at the funeral today.

Mr Lang said: “Christine and Ron shared so many interests, including theatre, classical music, politics and a strong faith.

“Ron was very proud indeed to become mayor of Berkhamsted and both he and Christine felt privileged and honoured to have had this opportunity.”

Ron had a daughter from a previous marriage and two grandchildren.

Mr Lang said that Ron became involved in many aspects of life in Berkhamsted – a town that he loved – after retiring from the oil industry.

He was quizmaster at The George pub for 15 years and a former chairman of governors for Greenway First and Nursery School, Berkhamsted.

His daughter Amanda Botterill read a poem at his funeral.

In part it read: “You can remember him and only that he is gone – or you can cherish his memory and let him live on.”

Mr Cowie died aged 75 on New Year’s Day after spending nine weeks in Watford General Hospital, having suffered two strokes.