Mr Dennis Ronald Ryder.
A FORMER president and captain of Cowes Golf Club, who worked as a building surveyor for the former Mew Langton brewery and Whitbread, has died, aged 88, after a long illness.
Dennis Ronald Ryder, of Cowes, was educated at Richard Taunton School for Boys, Southampton, before volunteering for the Royal Air Force in the Second World War, where he trained as air crew and spent his service in the Middle East and Canada.
After the war, he joined Southampton Borough Council architect’s department, training as a quantity surveyor and architect.
As a young man, he played cricket and football.
He founded Southampton Sunday Football League in 1950, at a time when playing on a Sunday was frowned upon, and set up the National Sunday Football Association.
He joined Strong & Co, of Romsey, as a building surveyor, looking after its many properties. He moved to the IW in 1967 when Strongs acquired the Mew Langton brewery.
Shortly afterwards, the brewery was taken over by Whitbread and he stayed with the company until his retirement at the age of 60.
Mr Ryder was, for many years, heavily involved with Cowes Golf Club, serving as captain and president. He had also been master of 35 Masonic Lodge, in Cowes.
He leaves his widow, Frances, and daughters, Marcelle and Camilla.
A service will be held at the IW Crematorium on Wednesday, July 4, at 11.15am.
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