Ronley retires after 40 years at crematorium
Ronley started his working life in farming, but the pay wasn’t great so he made a change and started work at the crematorium.
Ronley’s role saw him working as a chapel attendant where he arranged the flowers and cards on the terrace, greeted funeral directors and mourners and made sure the correct music was played during the funeral services. He also operated the cremators and trained new members of staff.
I’m lucky that I have spent 40 years doing a job I have really enjoyed, although it does have its challenges – and it’s particularly upsetting when children have died. We can empathise with the families for their loss, but have to remain professional and not get caught up in the emotion so that we can do a proper job for them and help people in a professional, calm and sensitive way.
Being surrounded by loss and intense emotion does affect us sometimes, so behind the scenes it’s important for us to support each other as a team and keep a sense of humour to lighten the mood when things get difficult – but only behind the scenes – as we have the utmost respect for the deceased and their families.”
Cllr Cathy Scott, our cabinet member for bereavement services said:
Working in bereavement services requires a special kind of person with compassion, resilience and dedication. The people visiting the crematorium are often experiencing one of the most difficult days of their life and it is incredibly important that everything is done to make their experience as pleasant as possible. I would like to thank Ronley on behalf of the council and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Ronley plans to enjoy his retirement gardening and spending time at the coast in his caravan.
Dewsbury Moor crematorium was refurbished last year to include a new canopy at the front entrance, installation of a covered flower terrace, a renewed pathway leading to the Book of Remembrance and resurfacing of the main car park on the site.