receiving his Best in Show award at the TTAA 40th Anniversary show
from Dr David Ford
Flinn, 29th July 1963 - 28th February 2012
Ronnie died suddenly at the age of 48 after collapsing while gardening
He had 3 daughters, Danielle, Jess
and Abbie, and two 2 grand kids Logan with his first partner.
He had a son, Connor 8 years old, and a stepdaughter, ZoŽ, aged 13
with his fiancť, Allison
He grew up in Gateshead moving from Lobley Hill to Barley Mow and then
He had 4 brothers Errol, the eldest, then me (Andy), Thomas and Paul.
Paul, another good fishkeeper & exhibitor died in 1994.
Vera & I named our son after Paul, and he turned out very much
like his namesake.
Ronnie was keen on all types of sport especially Formula 1 &
Football. He was a lifelong Newcastle supporter, and had a
good-humoured feud with any Maccum, Sunderland supporter, that crossed
He was a good pool player, enjoying a drink at the same time, usually
in his favourite haunt of the Birtley Legion.
His favourite colour was yellow, the number of yellow shirts, ties
& buttonholes at his funeral must have seemed strange to them not
in the know.
His interest in fish started at the age of 15, spending most of the
following years exhibiting them.
He held many important positions in fishkeeping, being the secretary
of the old Birtley Club, which incidentally met in the Birtley Legion.
He also took over the same role as well as show manager when Birtley
re-formed in 2010.
He spent the last few years as a TTAA Council Members, taking on the
role of Vice Chairman when the association reformed in 2010.
Ronnie was one of those people who got on with everyone, his sense of
humour was legendary, using one-liners to break the ice or sometime to
diffuse situation at meetings.
He could never take anything seriously and was at his best when he was
winding up someone (usually his nephew, Paul), Their friendly rivalry
spurred on both to do better at shows. His favourite was telling Paul
if his Best in Show died he would pack up and start collecting Eddie
Ronnie wasn't just Paul's uncle, Vera's brother-in-law and my brother;
he was our best mate also.