Sad News - Passing of Ron Near, July 18, 2016
Ron was a long-time member of the Eagles and an ever present rival of mine and the other stalwarts in Group 2 at our club and interclub race series.
Victor Tolgyessy and I had the pleasure of his company at last Saturday’s Beeton club race (see attached picture). It was a great race and he fought hard to the finish line, as was his style.
Tragically he collapsed the following day while Mountain Biking and did not recover.
Ron wore many hats as a successful businessman, loving husband, father of two and grandfather of two. Ron will be sorely missed by all those in the various areas of his life. For those of us who knew him as an Eagle, Ron was always the best type of cyclist – strong, careful and fair. He was always a good natured recipient and responder to our jokes and cajoling and was a great ambassador for cycling in our community.
Ron passed away doing what he loved: cycling. He was a pleasure to have known and he will be missed by all who knew him.