It is with great regret that the VBL advises its member bands, registered players, and the public, of the death of VBL Vice-President Ron Jarrett, on Friday 20th February 1998.
Ron came from a banding family, well known in Portland, and spent a lifetime in banding. He was Secretary and a Life Member of the City of Dandenong Band for many years, playing baritone with them. He started banding at Portland, and also played with Caulfield (now the City of Glen Eira).
Ron worked with the PMG’s Department, and later with Telecom Australia as a Principal Technical Officer in Batman and City West Exchanges, until he retired some years ago. He was President of the VBL for at least one five year term, and was awarded the honour of Life Membership of the League seven years ago. He was particularly au fait with the Contesting Rules of the League, and had worked recently to provide material for the re-printing of the current rules.
Ron will be greatly missed by all those who worked with him, and for his immense contribution to the VBL. We all extend our heartfelt sympathy to Dawn and her family at this sad time.
The funeral was held on Wednesday 25th February, and a large brass band from Dandenong, the “Huffers and Puffers” and friends played at the funeral parlour. They later played “Amazing Grace” and the Richmond Football Club theme song at the graveside in the Springvale Necropolis.