Ron Rowe RIP

Ron Rowe RIP


It is with sadness that we report the death of Ron Rowe, on 16th December.

Ron was a key figure in the recruitment advertising world for many years holding, in particular, senior and highly influential roles at The Daily Telegraph. He was one of the founders of the Recruitment Advertising Golf Society, and an inspiration to many budding golfers in the industry.

Ron is survived by his wife Mary and their children Myles and Tanya, to whom we send our condolences. Funeral arrangements will be published as soon as they are known.

Monday, 8 January 2018

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Alasdair Murray Date: Jan 8, 2018

Very sad news. Ron was a huge influence on my career, being responsible for recruiting me to join The Daily Telegraph Classified Ad team back in 1979, where I spent 7 happy years, union problems, strikes and all (until it all went tits up following the Conrad Black takeover). It was from there that I went on to work in various ad agencies as well as back in the media. Our paths would often cross on the golf course or when I had to phone up The Telegraph with a query about advertising and end up chatting to Ron and he would tell me he wasn't leaving until he got his pound of flesh from them! One of my favourite memories remains the day I won the industry golf society and it was Ron who presented me with the Daily Telegraph cup, a trophy almost the size of the FA cup. A lovely old school advertising professional who I was lucky enough to meet from time to time right up until fairly recently. RIP Ron. Go and give Alan Wells and Terry Mallott a few on course lessons up above.

Kevin Turner Date: Jan 8, 2018

Ron is a true legend of the recruitment business many of us remember so well. Ron, when at the Daily Telegraph, called it DSV - display sits vac! And so many pages of recruitment ads. "We opened the door in the morning and the ads flocked in" said Ron. I go back many years in this industry but not as long as Ron by a long way. He was the first Media guy to invite me for lunch as my agency, Mathers & Streets, were placing lots of ads. This was in the late 60's! Boy what a lunch, don't think there was too much food, maybe a scotch egg, but a few pints were enjoyed. Ron's favourite pastime was of course golf. He was a very good golfer too playing off a low, single figure(?) handicap. And of course he was a founding Father of RAGS, Recruitment Advertising Golf Society. We would meet several times each year and he would always take the new players, called rabbits under his wing. I remember one time he played with three new players being last out. It was a very slow round. Ron returned to clubhouse looking perplexed. "What's up Ron?" "I've just played 18 holes with three members up my arse!" That's a golfing term which is another word for slow play. Ron you have left me with so many wonderful memories. You will be missed. Ron Rowe RIP.

lawrie Dunn Date: Jan 8, 2018

As a fresh faced 19 year old dressed in a 3 piece mohair suit, I'd just started my ad sales career in the Daily Sketch classified department. Across the corridor was the Evening News Classified where all the big money was made! Ron was a classy member of the sales team always immaculately turned out and very friendly towards those of us starting out on their career. Over the years we've played many games of golf together notably when Ron was a member of Sidcup Golf Club. As a guest of Ron's on their annual guest day we managed to take the major spoils of the day. Followed by a pint or two. Having recently chatted with him at a recent RAGS meeting a couple of months ago he was in great form. I will miss his company very much. God Bless Ron.

Colin Gilby Date: Jan 8, 2018

So sorry to hear the news of the passing of the legend Ron Rowe. A true gentleman. I had the pleasure of Ron’s great company and wit at a recent RAGS golf day. He was on fine form which makes the sad news even more incredible. Thinking of his family at this difficult time. RIP Ron.

Steve Playford Date: Jan 8, 2018

Sad news indeed. Poor old Ron was with me on my first ever game of golf. I'm not sure he ever recovered. In fact I think us 'youngsters' at The Telegraph at the time must have driven him to distraction. Despite that Ron was caring, kind and always had so much time for people. The DT was never the same after Ron and his like left Canary Wharf and I am sure that RAGS will never feel quite the same without him. I suspect that he is on the first tee in the great track in the sky with Alan Wells right now! Cheers Ron.

Trevor Roberts Date: Jan 8, 2018

Oh dear, what sad news. We have lost a true gent...he will always be remembered.

Mike White Date: Jan 8, 2018

A true gentleman who will be sadly missed

John Stainer Date: Jan 8, 2018

Like everyone I am saddened with the news of dear Ron's passing, a nicer bloke you'll not meet. In the very early days of RAGS, just 37 years ago, he was the one who did most of the work, it was he, Guy Roberts, Peter Phillips and myself that kicked it off and in those early, heady days in the industry we had 36-40 turning out for most occasions - his enthusiasm for those events and his untiring passion for the game itself were a mark of the man. He will be sadly missed by a couple of generations of rec ad people.

Bob Anthony Date: Jan 8, 2018

Such sad news, but news that sparks so many good memories. My own thoughts of Ron go back around 50 years and are full of affection and high regard. 50 years of work, golf and beer - the rest of the time we wasted (with acknowledgement to Mr Best).

Peter Smith Date: Jan 9, 2018

Not the best news for Ron’s family, friends and RAGS members to start 2018 with. Ron was a decent lovely bloke. Whilst at the Daily Express we were working very hard to create a recruitment section. Ron and his team were similar to air traffic controllers just trying to get the oceans of ads in. When I met Ron there was never ever a sense of gloating or superiority Ron was the perfect gentleman ( as always). Nice guy and will be missed.

Peter Phillips Date: Jan 10, 2018

There's not much more that can be added to all the tributes that appear here for Ron. Most of all I recall him as being firm but fair and the industry respected him for that. To me, this was shown, firstly in the way he controlled Guy, John and myself at our first meeting at Riley's offices in Old Court Place, bringing us back to reality, to get RAGS started, and his continued devotion to the RAGS cause. And secondly, Composites in the Daily Telegraph! Trying to coordinate the booking of large advertisements, 6 weeks in advance into a 36 page supplement, with clients always changing their minds, put us under a lot of pressure, and who did we turn to? Ron. If he could help, he would! The industry has lost a great character.

Alasdair Murray Date: Jan 11, 2018

I was one of the poor souls who had to phone up all the advertisers and tell them "yes, I know we have had your job copy for six weeks, but it's not going in on Thursday". We dreaded that pile of pink papers coming back on a Monday afternoon/Tuesday morning! Happy days, a million miles removed from today's corporate world.

Jon Mallott Date: Jan 11, 2018

Very sad to hear this news. I have very fond memories of Ron from my early days in recruitment and of course through my dad. I remember he also sponsored me to become a junior member at Sidcup Golf Club and RAGS days were always amusing when Ron was in attendance. Really nice bloke and a dear friend of my dad's. RIP Ron.

Roger Juniper Date: Jan 12, 2018

Great shame. Ron was a real mate in the early days. Not being a golfer was forgiven as many a pint was consumed at the City Golf Club off of Fleet Street. His arrangements at the DT open House at Harrogate were never to be forgotten. Rest in peace Ron

John Ratcliffe Date: Jan 12, 2018

A very well respected man in the recruitment industry, an extremely nice man, and a sad loss. RIP John

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