Ron Murray’s lasting legacy to Blind Veterans UK
Ron’s son, Jeff, explains why his Dad decided to leave a legacy gift to Blind Veterans UK in his Will.
“Dad was a perfect gentleman. I can honestly say I never heard him swear, not once. Nobody had a bad word to say about him.
“In the Second World War Dad was involved in bringing war equipment from America on the Atlantic convoys. In 1941 his ship, the Javanese Prince, was torpedoed off the Butt of Lewis and sank. Later he took part in the D-Day Landings for which he was awarded the Legion D’Honéur.
"After the war Dad worked for British Steel and kept very active, even after he retired. It was a real blow to him when he started to lose his sight. Being unable to drive hit him badly, because he loved to travel all over the place.
"That’s when Blind Veterans UK came into his and Mam’s lives. They gave them so much support including a magnifier which meant Dad could read the paper and keep up with his beloved Newcastle United. They visited the Brighton centre twice every year and Dad loved catching up with the other veterans.
"We lost Dad in 2017 and Mam about a year later. It really helped me to know they’d left a gift to Blind Veterans UK in their Will. I know it meant the world to both of them to know the good it would do, supporting men and women who have served our country.
"Dad’s legacy to our family will be his good manners and kind nature. I’m enormously proud that his legacy to blind veterans will be them continuing to get the care and support they need in the years to come."