Ronald Crabb received the BEM award for services to the community in the City of Exeter.
Posted on: 10 October 2012
Ronald Crabb has constantly served the community in the city of Exeter for over 60 years.
Since 1954 he has been a member of the local branch of the local Football Referees’ Association, refereeing at all levels and has officiated in Europe. He has also held various positions within the Association and is currently Vice President. Ronald holds the Devon County Meritorious Award and the National Meritorious Award. He is still involved in junior football and was also the first and only league referee from Exeter to officiate in both England and Europe.
Since 1970 he has been a helper at 3rd Exeter Air Scout Group, based at Ladysmith School Annex, acting as both helper and instructor – becoming Chair of the Group between 1987 and 2005. Ronald’s dedication to the section has enabled them to enjoy many excellent activities and outings. Over the years he has helped the group raise thousands of pounds in order to purchase a mini-bus to take boys on various trips. For his services Ronald received the Scouts’ 25 Years Merit Awards.
Having served in the Royal Marines, Ronald joined the Royal Marines Association in 1978 and has been its Welfare Officer since 2000, visiting members and their wives when they are ill, at home or in hospital. Since 2006 he has acted as a mentor at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone where his support, enthusiasm and experience have been invaluable to the troops.
Since 1985 Ronald has been Vice Chair of the Heavitree Social Club, helping to raise funds for various programmes in the community. He was also instrumental in starting the marathon in Exeter in 1982 and has been involved ever since.