Tributes paid as former chief constable Sir Ron Hadfield dies after operation
FORMER Derbyshire assistant chief constable Sir Ron Hadfield has died aged 73.
Sir Ron died on January 31 after an operation, leaving his wife, Lady Anne, two children and four grandchildren.
Sir Ron first moved to Derby in 1981 after securing the role of assistant chief constable. He then moved to Nottinghamshire, becoming chief constable in 1987, before being head-hunted in 1990 to take on that role at West Midlands police.
He and Anne, moved back to Derby in 1996 when he retired and they made their home in Allestree.
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He began his 41-year career with Oldham Borough police in 1955 as a cadet and worked his way up the ranks across many services across England.
Lady Anne said he loved his job and was very proud to be a police officer.
She said: "Ron was very dedicated and was very proud of the oath that he took to serve the Queen.
"He liked that he wasn't swearing an oath to a political party. He took it when he became a cadet and again when he became chief constable. We always had to be at home on Christmas Day to watch the Queen's speech, he was a royalist."
Sir Ron received a police long-service medal and a good-conduct medal before being knighted in 1995 for services to the police.
Lady Anne said: "He was so honoured to be knighted and was never more proud of his role then. It was an incredible experience and he was so honoured to be recognised."
Sir Ron loved to travel and saw a lot of the world through his work. Lady Anne said: "He was vice president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police – an organisation where top officers come together to share ideas on policing across different countries. We both got to travel a lot with that and did a lot more travelling once he had retired – that's what it's for."
Sir Ron and Lady Anne were married in 1961 and had two children, Neil and Louise, and four grandchildren, Rebecca, 21, Ellie, 13, Thomas, 12, and Lucy, nine.
Neil said: "To us, when we were young, he was just dad. Everywhere we went, people were falling over themselves to meet him and we didn't understand it at the time. He was a great father"
Sir Ron's funeral is on Wednesday, February 20, at 2pm at Derby Cathedral followed by a short service at Markeaton Crematorium.