Ron Gosling, a well-known engineering business leader in Ipswich has died after a four year battle with cancer. Ron was passionate about engineering and business, and was President of the Ipswich Engineering Society twice, including the society’s centenary year.
Ron joined local engineering business W G Gosling in 1969 after an apprenticeship at Reavells in Ipswich. In 1982 Ron became Managing Director of Gosling Group and E, R & F Turner.
Acquiring the Miracle Mills business in 1986 and adding the Christy Hunt business to the group in 2004, the multiple brands of W G Gosling, Christy & Norris, E, R & F Turner and Miracle Mills combined under the new Christy Turner brand. In 2013, Ron became Chairman of the group of companies, and at a time when many Ipswich engineering firms were failing, Ron managed to drive the historic company into international success with timely innovation and development.
From introducing the first flaking mills with computerised roll-gap control, to developing a 600 ml roller mill that ships worldwide to produce Cornflakes, Ron was proud to have succeeded in being at the heart of a thriving engineering business making machines that last.
Ron’s son, Tony, will be taking on the role of Chairman. Tony said “Dad prided himself on having a family feel to the business with high standards of engineering, craftmanship and honesty and care for staff. He was hard working, always busy. Dad has been my role model all my life and I will follow his example.”
Ron is survived by wife Pam, children Tony & Susie, daughter-in-law Huma and son-in-law Michael and grandchildren Rosie, Minnie, Lara & Ella.
Funeral service at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich on Thursday 23rd December at 12 noon followed by private burial at Ipswich Millennium Cemetery. Family flowers only please, but if wished donations to the Brain Tumour Charity or St Elizabeths hospice may be sent to Farthing Funeral Service, 650 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP1 4PW or online at www.farthingfunerals.co.uk