CIPHE remembers two modernising presidents

Right, Ronald Heritage, and left, Stanley Tildsley

Two CIPHE presidents who led the way in the early 1990s have sadly died.

Ronald Heritage, who was 1992-1993 president, and Stanley Tildsley, who succeeded him, both passed away last year.

Ron joined the Registered Plumbers’ Association and then the Institute of Plumbing in 1970 at the time of the merger. He worked tirelessly throughout his busy working life to promote the aims and ideals of the institute and led by example. He served as the Kent Branch Secretary for almost 30 years – an important role which he undertook assiduously and with good nature.

Ron sat on the panel of the Professional Standards Committee, the purpose of which was to set and maintain standards for the institute’s members, in a voluntary capacity for 18 years. This committee dealt with membership and the investigation of complaints. As he was self-employed, this meant that he forfeited a day’s earnings to attend each monthly meeting. Nothing better demonstrates his personal commitment to the Institute and to his own principles.

In 1992 Ron was elected to serve as president and, together with his wife Mary, embarked upon a busy, varied, and absorbing year.

In retirement Ron went back to his naval traditions and took to the water by narrowboat, cruising UK canals and inland waterways.

Members will remember someone who was loyal, helpful, dedicated, and hardworking, taking great pride in his work and, in fact, a true professional. In recent times as his health deteriorated, he never moaned nor complained.

Stan was a member of the Institute of Plumbing from 1972 and he too volunteered much of his time to help it to achieve its aims.

It was a source of great pride for Stan when he followed on from Ron, serving with distinction as president from 1993 to 1994.

His long-lasting legacy for the institute was in his role as project co-ordinator for the production of the 2002 edition of the CIPHE Plumbing Engineering Services Design Guide. Covering topics ranging from hot and cold water services to resource efficient design, much of its content is as relevant today as it was when first printed.

Ron and Stan were much admired and made their own significant contributions to the history of the CIPHE. They will be sadly missed, but not forgotten, by all of us who knew them.

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