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Obituary: Ron Howard

Ron Howard, former correspondent and chief sub-editor, died overnight after a short illness. He was 65.

Howard, a Canadian, joined Reuters in 1967 and initially worked on Westhem, the London desk that provided reports in American English for North America in the days before Reuters had a substantial editorial operation in the United States.

Assignments to Singapore and Lusaka followed, but it was as a solid desk man that he was best known and in the early 1990s, as a pillar of the Business Unit in London, he helped in the creation and launch of the Reuter Business Report in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

On retirement in 1999 he was a chief sub-editor on the World Desk, London.

Golf was a passion, and he was for many years an active member of Reuters Golf Society.

Following a recent holiday in Canada with his wife, Carol, cancer was diagnosed last month.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, 24 October in Holy Cross Church, Ramsbury, Wiltshire followed by a gathering at The Bell, The Square, Ramsbury. ■