- 88 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 21, 1928
- Date of passing: Aug 7, 2016
|Let the memory of Sir Ronald be with us forever|
"kia ora tatou
I met with my uncle just a couple of times as the bridge for the Wineera whanau. We got on very well but he just could not resolve this issue and because it affected him in a negative way, I did not visit him again for fear of bringing up bad memories.
I regret that decision to this day and was so sad to hear of his passing. I hope that his children might want to contact me at some stage, I live in Maketu in the Bay of Plenty where the Te Arawa canoe docked and where my husband comes from.
We can't plan for what happens in our life when its done by other people, but we can find a way to accept and move on.
Haere ra Uncle
"Happy Birthday, Dad."
"To take a quote out of Neil Diamonds song : Done Too Soon
" And each one there
Had one thing shared,
They have sweated beneath the same sun,
Looked up at wonder at the same moon,
And wept when it was all done,
For being done to soon
For being done too soon"
Like all who seek to contribute Ron sought to do as much as he could for as long as he could. I'm sure he would have liked to do more but, as is the case for all of us, its all over far too soon. I suppose we should speed up our contribution to compensate for the lack of time.
"For so many of us you will always be 'forever young ' Ron"
"Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Sir Ronald, he was quick to insist that I simply called him Ron when I spoke to him on several occasions with regard to some research I was conducting on the 1974 Games.His generosity over these conversations was absolutely wonderful providing me with many leads to follow up on, and much encouragement to continue with my work. I feel immensely privileged to have had these conversations with him and I look forward to paying him further tributes when this work comes to fruition. Thank you once again Ron for all those conversations."
"I worked with Ron when we were both on the board of the New Zealand Sports Foundation. Ron was knowledgeable, good company and such a decent person to be around. We often saw one another in recent years (not so often lately) and, as always, he was charming and fun. If only we had more like him - he will be missed
"I had the pleasure of working with Sir Ron, and his colleague Rocky Douche, when I was heading up Park Road Post Production. They were trying to get a sound stage set up in Wellington which could also be a home for the NZSO. Sir Ron ("please call me Ron") was always such a delight to deal with, and had a lovely mischievous twinkle in his eye. Now as a board member of the Arts Foundation I'd like to pay tribute to his wonderful contribution to the arts in NZ (alongside many other things!), and particularly to his wonderful warm manner. Many blessings to his family. Aimee McCammon"
"Mo and I have so many lovely memories of time spent in Ron's company - in particular reliving his wonderful experiences through a lifetime of involvement in sport and the arts. He has typified the very best of 'service to society' - contributing so much yet without expectation of recognition or reward. Would that many of those in public life today exhibit the same integrity and selfless commitment."
"The Board of Odyssey House Trust Christchurch send our condolences to Lady Beverly, and gratitude for the support that we have had from Sir Ron and her. This month marks 30 years since Odyssey House Christchurch was inaugurated, with both Sir Ron and Lady Beverly instrumental in that inauguration."
"Kia ora to the family of Sir Ronald.
My contact with this giant of a man was brief, but his influence on me has been immense.
My deepest sympathies to Lady Beverly and family.
Warwick Nicholl, 1974 New Zealand British Commonwealth Games Team Captain."
"I have fond memories of times at Chepstow Ave. As a child, Ron seemed larger than life to me and I remember his smile and kindness
My thoughts are with his family,
"What a wonderful character. I was first contacted in London by Ron who I did a deal with for a promotion using Noddy for the Timaru Milling company. When he came to London for the games in Munich we met up and became firm friends, often using my office. He was called off down to Wales where an All Black on tour had behaved badly and I gather it was his job to help sort matters out. As a fellow Kiwi we had lots in common and kept in touch especially during the Commonwealth games in Christchurch. Over the years we lost touch but I fondly recall his wonderful sense of humour."
"During the Commonwealth Games we met often and had lots of laughs in each others company. He worked very hard to make them the success that they were. We were both very sad when we were invited to attend the ceremony that said farewell to QE 2 Park. It held so many memories for us both. Rest in peace my friend. You have left your mark in the history books of NZ."
"Sir Ron was a person I knew in his public persona because his name was associated with so many positive and creative endeavours in the New Zealand I grew up in. I came think of him along side other great New Zealanders such as Hilary & Co. Much later I had the privilege to meet him after Marko's accident, when under great stress and consuming sadness, he rose above it all and drew together those he thought could assist Marko & Lise while they focussed on Marko's recovery. He was impressive to watch in action & I saw a glimpse of the talent that delivered so much to New Zealand but above all his love for family. It was a privilege Ron."
"Sir Ron was one of the founding trustees of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, and as such was instrumental in the development of Westpac Stadium. We are very appreciative of his commitment and support in bringing this project to fruition, and so pleased that he was able to enjoy the results through attending many events at the Stadium in the years that followed its opening.
Our condolences to the family.
From the Trustees and staff of Westpac Stadium │ Wellington Regional Stadium Trust"
"I met Ron when I was 20 years old. He was the father of the woman who by some miracle fell in love with me. Ron approved of the match and he felt I could cope with the role of Lise's husband and the father to her children-you see in his eyes Lise was the most remarkable, capable and admirable person so he wouldnt give her away lightly. Thank you for that Ron ( and Bev).
At 20 I didnt really understand the significance of "Sir" and thought that it meant that he must be rich. But as the years rolled on and Ron and I discussed and at times became involved in various projects together, I realised that Ron's driver was never money. You see Ron had a passion for life and he just wanted to be involved in helping create and build and organise socially significant and useful things. He was not a financial entrepreneur but he was,most definitely, the ultimate social entrepreneur ( and the consummate salesman!) who wanted to be remembered for what he gave not for what he gained. I only just recently really understood that lesson Ron, so thank you for that.
Lastly, Im happy that for thirty nine years I had the privilage to share food,good wine and and good times with a man that became my friend. Thanks for that Ron.
"Thank you Sir Ron for your guidance, support , wise counsel and above all your friendship over a long period through the development construction and operation of Westpac Stadium. You were always positive creative and insightful in your support to me and the management team during my tenure with the stadium even long after you retired as a trustee, which was greatly appreciated.
A great man who will be sadly missed in the members lounge.
Our deepest sympathy to Beverly ,Lise , Marko and family."
"We have many fond memories of Ron and you, Beverley. We enjoyed a long friendship with Ron and worked together to solve many problems. Always a shrewd “political” operator in the most difficult of all areas – international and national sport - Ron set a benchmark that has never since been approached. When operating in that area he displayed all of the attributes that might be found in a top ranked diplomat.
New Zealand is much, much better for all his work which, at both National and local levels, was in a diverse range of activities. It was exceptional and needs to be recorded for history in a proper way.
We send our best wishes to you Bev, and to all of your family. With our deepest and sincere sympathy.
Carole and Keith Hancox."
"I came to know and enjoy Ron's company through Bev when we worked together furthering the work of New Zealand Family Planning in Christchurch. I extend my sincere sympathy to Bev and family in your loss of Ron, a man who has given so much to this city. His legacy will always live on and be appreciated. With love Helen and John"
"One of the great pleasures of being involved with The Arts Foundation from its early days was getting to know Sir Ron. A great committee man (plus having any number of contacts), Ron was knowledgable, at times placatory, and above all enthusiastic. The Foundation was greatly enriched with his contribution.
"Westpac Stadium won't be the same without Sir Ron We missed you last week"
"So sorry to hear about Sir Ron - we are thinking of you - the most wonderful neighbour and friend to Mum (Veronica Duncan). As a family we enjoyed fun drinks with Ron and Beverley and loved to discuss all things sport with him. Take care Beverley - our thoughts are with you Love Mary and Geoff Smith and all Veronica's family."
"Ron made the most of his impressive innings. He gave hugely to the community, and changed the lives of many people.
We will miss the astute and genial presence of this man of great mana.
Huge sympathy to Beverly and the family.
We will remember him......"
"Our thoughts are with Sir Ron's family. Our memories of Sir Ron over 40 years are of his warm and enthusiastic greetings whenever we met at both extended family gatherings and in Wellington.
Dale & Richard Sharpe"
"R.I.P. Sir Ronald Stewart Scott
'A visionary builds what dreamers have imagined'
I will remember you ; as a much loved friend ; as a challenging colleague ; as a leader ; as a 'knight' ..
Farewell Ron ; our world is richer for your gifts; your talents; your passion; your legacies....
Our world is smaller without you ...
I will remember you Renaissance man..
May your spirit soar ..."
"Bev. Our thoughts are with you and your family.Ron was a special man and will leave a big space to fill in the lives of all who knew him. He contributed hugely to many causes and made a difference to all of them. I cherish the memories of his friendship and the fun we had over the years. He was an outstanding New Zealander. Brian and Pam."
"Thank you Sir Ron for being so friendly and welcoming to my parents when I won a Laureate Award - you put them both at ease with your sincere honest charm."
"Dear Bev, Ron was one of those people who make a lasting difference to every organization he belonged to. .It was a privilege to work with him on the Arts Foundation and the AF will be a lasting legacy to Ron and his creative spirit...
..In spite of all his hard work in the public arena , Ron loved his family above all..So sad for you in your loss..all Best Wishes,Ros and Philip Burdon"
"Many happy memories of your Dad when I was growing up and spending time at Chepstow Ave. My thoughts are with you and your mother Jordan.
"Thank you for your immense contribution to country and capital. Your enjoyment and inspiration were always warm and positive.
My deepest sympathies to Beverley and family.
Haere ra Sir Ron!"
"Dear Beverly Lisa and Marko, We are pleased to join in your farewell to Ron. He was a good friend and made many great contributions in this area and to New Zealand.
Our very best to you all.
Colin and Maureen Gibbs"
"I got to know Sir Ron when I was with the NZSO and he championed the cause of a scoring stage for Wellington (something that we all hope will come to fruition in the development of a Music Hub centered on the Wellington Town Hall. We had many meetings - some formal working party meetings - others more casual. Ron showed great dedication to the cause and was always so nice to deal with,"
"My Mum work for Sir Ron many moons ago and I asked him if he would come and speak to my school about the 1974 games. He was so kind and gave up his time to come along he had the whole school in stitches. I often remember that moment and his example of humbleness and ability to make everyone feel at ease it is something I aspired to from then on. Thank you"
"Ron was a key member of the team that saved and refurbished the Embassy Theatre for the city..The project was not without its difficulties
but Ron could always be counted on to come up with constructive and innovative ways of forging ahead with the fund raising. He was a pleasure to work with and .his ready smile helped smooth the way on many occasions..When you pass the Embassy or go to a film there don't forget that that it stands as a tribute to Ron Scott.
"Very sorry to hear the news. Sir Ron was a remarkable figure in the arts in NZ (as well, of course, in sport). His role in the establishment of the Arts Foundation was a pivotal one, and it's a legacy which will endure."
"An absolute Totara - a strong, visionary and inspirational man who gave so much of his life and passion to so many. Humour, fun, intelligence, drive. Energy, compassion, loyalty, integrity. Words simply do not do him or his contributions justice - to Beverly and family - you were his greatest love and his rock - our love and fondest memories - Karyn Fenton-Ellis & David Ellis - Te Akau"
"Felt like he was there with us all today, much love to the family xx"
"All the memories remembered at the farm. Donnie and family."
"Remembered forever by Fiona, Peter, Grant, Joanne and families."
"Haere atu ra e te uri o Ngati Toa Rangatira, haere ki ngā tūpuna e tātari ana i a koe, hoki atu koe ki te ao wairua, ki te kāinga tūturu mō tātou te iwi Maori. Whai atu rā i ngā tapuwae o rātou mā, okioki ai ki roto i te āhuatanga o te āio pipī.... e te Matua, moe mai, moe mai, kia au to moengaroa..... Arohatinonui ki a koutou ko te whānau, Randal, Kay, Nina, Bee me ngā mokopuna xox..."
"Love you Dad. Jordan"