In loving memory of Ron Odunaiya who passed away on Sunday, 19th January 2020, aged 51 years. Ron was husband and best friend to Helen, having met aged 16, and they had 35 happy years together, being married for 27. Ron was proud dad of three children, Amy (23), Alice (20) and Elliot (16). Ron grew up in Liverpool with his two brothers Ade and Phil, and his late mum Kathleen Antigha.
Ron was a larger than life character, full of love, support, praise and enthusiasm. He loved seeing others succeed and would always make time to help anyone. He was a family man and immensely proud of his three children and all that they did.
Athletics was Ron's passion, being an excellent long jumper and sprinter in his youth. He spent many happy hours supporting his children in their athletic pursuits for Wrexham Athletics Club as they were growing up. As they progressed his pride and support followed them. All three children were chosen to represent Wales and Ron was their biggest fan. Ron supported his children in all that they did, whether it was sporting, academic or just getting through life. He was a role model and mentor.
Ron worked hard all his life. After graduating, his first job was with the Sports Council for Wales. He worked his way up the career ladder with various roles in Local Authorities. His last job was Director of Community Services for Liverpool City Council. A job he loved in his birth city. Ron worked tirelessly to promote the city of Liverpool and to tackle inequality. Ron played a major role in bringing the Netball World Cup to Liverpool last summer, and has successfully set in place Liverpool hosting the Special Olympic Games in 2021 and the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2022. A sporting legacy to be proud of.
Taken from us, too quickly, and too young. Ron is leaving a huge hole in the hearts of his family, and friends.
We are asking, not for flowers, but instead donations to Wrexham Athletics Club in memory of Ron. All enquiries please to the funeral directors.