Ronald Sims

RONALD Sims, the distinguished ecclesiastical architect whose death aged 80 brings an end to a distinctive era of 20th century church building, was still designing churches, church extensions and the re-ordering of church interiors up until the day he died.

He was born in Hull, his father a baker who moved to York where he set up the Tea Time Shop in Mill Lane Heworth.

Ron, as he was known to almost everyone, attended Nunthorpe Grammar School, and while a pupil there met Margaret Powell whom he married in 1947. A marriage which was to last for 51 years until she died in 1998.


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