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Ron Aust

Posted: July 9th, 2022

FORMER Mirror librarian RON AUST died on July 1 [2022], aged 85. His colleague and fellow librarian TOM ASHMORE writes:

It was with much sadness that I heard of the passing of our friend and library colleague Ron Aust, who died peacefully at home in Woburn Sands in July after a long illness.

Ron was the gentleman of the office, quite the private person, softly spoken and very popular. He was a keep-fit guy, a regular at the gym, a good tennis player and the central striker for the Library Lions – plus he was always watching his diet.

Outside the office, Ron was a personal friend of mine. We would go to jazz concerts, and, living quite near one another, would support our local amateur football team, Tooting and Mitcham.

Ron joined the Mirror library in the late ’50s, and took redundancy in 1988. Ever the private person, he moved to a road so private you won’t find it on Google Street View.

I spoke to Ron just a couple of weeks before his passing. He was aware of his condition. We just talked about the good old days and the laughs we had.

Other library colleagues were generous about Ron. Martyn Dowd said: “I worked with Ron at the Mirror library for many, many years. We had lots of good times, and funny days on the tennis court, and I will especially remember a great day’s racing at Plumpton. Ron was a lovely man who never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was one of life’s good guys, and will be sadly missed.”

I’ll close with the words of Hugh Gallacher, who said: “Truly sorry to hear about Ron Aust. He really was the nicest friend and colleague you could wish for. I was introduced to Ron by then fellow librarian John Smith, who said of of Ron that ‘… the milk of kindness flowed through his veins’. Librarian John Smith was right. It’s a sad day.”

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