Contributed by Sheila Sutherland
On February 24th, Ronald Lazarus, formerly headmaster of Godalming Junior School, reached the amazing age of 100 years old. Ron now lives in Shalford having moved there in 1975 after living in the Godalming area for a few years.
Ronald was born in Weymouth Dorset. He had a very happy childhood growing up in a seaside location with two sisters and a brother. School days were very happy and on leaving school he worked as a trainee accountant. When the Second World War broke out he was conscripted into the RAF. He served in bases in England, Scotland and was then posted to Africa where he was based until the war ended in 1945.
On being demobbed after serving six and a half years in the RAF he was given the opportunity to enter Teacher Training College which he very happily applied for and was accepted at College in Weymouth. During this time he met his wife to be, Zoe, and when their course had ended both he and she undertook teacher training in local schools. After he and Zoe married they lived in Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Bishopstone where he was Head of the village school. By this time their family had grown and they had three children, a son and two daughters.
After a few years as Head of Bishopstone school Ronald started applying for Headship vacancies in other areas. Not knowing Surrey at all he applied for the Headship of Busbridge Infants School in Godalming and was successful in securing this post. The family moved to Godalming and he took up his position in 1968. On his retirement in 1981 the family were living in Shalford.
Sport has always been a very important part of Ronald’s life and he was an active member of Godalming Tennis Club and played tennis well into retirement. He was also a keen golfer and was a member of Cranleigh Golf Club when he gave up tennis.
A keen gardener he was Show Secretary of Chilworth and Shalford Garden Club and on retirement from that role was rewarded the honour of President of the Garden Club. A post he still holds.
In retirement Ronald took to the ‘air’ and travelled abroad extensively. He is a member of Milford U3A . A keen Bridge player he still plays a regular Bridge Four on. A weekly basis, or did so until Covid halted this activity. Ronald lives on his own, looks after himself, does his own shopping and is an amazing example to us all of living a full and active life and growing old gracefully.
Happy 100th birhday Ron!
Ron was headmaster of Busbridge when I attended the school. I have few memories save for him once congratulating me for getting two correct answers in a school assembly! Ed