It is with much sadness that I announce the passing of Eric Ridler. Eric was recently admitted to hospital following extensive illness and died with his family around him on Wednesday morning.
Eric has been a stalwart of the BMMC and a long-standing member of the North West region. He has held various positions within the club but most notably as our National Regalia officer – having dealings with our overall suppliers and sponsors and ensuring that their badges are in plentiful supply. He always had the knack of being able to come up with a product to match an idea. From the USB hero marshal which was part of the goodie bag to celebrate our 60th anniversary to face masks and coverings when COVID took over. Even in the days before he went in to hospital I was in discussion with him about a new item of regalia and his enthusiasm never waned.
He played an active role on Regional Committee notably publishing the Northern Outpost as a news digest of all things happening in the North West. He mastered new technology and kept the regional website pages up to date.
Eric was of particular support when I put myself forward for the National Chair position. A weekend at Autosport after Chris had announced his intention to stand down and I said I was considering the role. Why not? noted Eric – you’d be great. Go for it girl! You knew where you stood with Eric – if he said something he meant it.
I will particularly remember Eric from our weekends at Autosport – his attention to detail to ensure the stand was set up and being open to change and re-design but it all packed away just-so and how he wanted it. Not to mention the curry evenings when there would be much conversation around his antics in the army, on rallies and of course no evening would pass without a mention of his visits to Zandvoort.
Eric – thank you for all your support for the club and me personally. I will miss you and wish you God speed my friend. Our deepest condolences to Eric’s brother Peter, family and friends.
Further details will follow about funeral arrangements and the National Regalia position