A DOTING family has paid tribute a 91-year-old ‘kind soul’ whose body was found in the River Avon.
Ronald Lovell went missing from his home in Old Milverton last month. His body was recovered from the river near Warwick following an extensive search.
His great niece Rachael paid tribute to her ‘best friend’. She said: “Uncle Ron was the kindest soul you could ever meet, a true gentleman and an inspiration to us all.
“From a young age, I don’t remember ever seeing Uncle Ron without his wife, my Auntie Edna who sadly passed away earlier this year.
“They met each other at the Chesford Grange Hotel and it was true love from there with Auntie Edna always joking that Uncle Ron had two left feet.
“They had so many friends and were always out doing things and meeting new people. They were soul mates and best friends who enjoyed seeing the world and going on lots of holidays.
“Uncle Ron was not only my uncle but my best friend and I was lucky to have him in my life. His blue eyes and warm smile lit up the darkest of days, he really was a hero.
“He was a loving brother and uncle, and will be dearly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
“As a family, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Uncle Ron’s lovely neighbours who knew him for many years and were so kind to him.”