Tribute paid to much-loved husband and businessman

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A man described by his wife as “the kindest and best husband you could have wished for” has died aged 83.

Former Rotarian Ronald Gorton – known as Ron – of Browning Road, Banbury, died in hospital on January 15, just over a year after being diagnosed with cancer.

Mr Gorton, originally from Lewisham, London, met his wife, Raye, in 1949. The couple married in 1953 and would have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on March 21.

Mrs Gorton said: “He was wonderful. He was the kindest and best husband you could have wished for. He was a very kind and loving man – a gentleman, and he really was just that, a gentle man.”

After their wedding, the pair set up home in a flat in Bloxham and eventually bought their first house in Banbury in 1959.

Mr Gorton, who was diagnosed with cancer in October 2011, responded well to his radiotherapy treatment which gave him 12 months of good quality of life. “He was a cheerful fellow. He always saw the best in people and always looked for the positives. He never gave in and continued to enjoy his garden and all his social engagements,” said Mrs Gorton.

Mr Gorton and his business partner Arthur Baker set up Goggin and Baker office equipment and supplies on Banbury High Street in 1954. With ‘customer service and courtesy’ being the mainstay of his business ethos, he ran the shop for 40 years until his retirement in 1994 and he was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce for some years.

He joined Banbury Rotary Club in 1969 and was both secretary and president during the 80s. In 2002, Mr Gorton joined the Probus Compton Club of Banbury where he was a secretary between 2008 and 2012.

As well as his wife, Mr Gorton leaves a son Andrew and a daughter Caroline.