Ron, who moved to Corby from Scotland as a child with his parents Jean and Archie, attended the town’s grammar school between 1963 and 1965.
Known as Ronnie, he went on to attend Kingswood Grammar School from 1965 until 1970.
After completing his degree in York he returned to Corby to teach at Kingswood between 1973 and 1978.
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As a keen Labour supporter, he was an active member of the NAS teachers' union and served as branch president.
He was a keen rugby player and is fondly remembered by many who played the sport in the town. He was captain of S&L Rugby Sevens during the 1970s.
After a spell in teaching, Ron decided his future lay in policing and he worked for Northamptonshire Police until 1992, rising to the rank of Chief Inspector.
Local people remember him as a kind and popular man.
After 1992 he moved to the north east and eventually became deputy chief constable of Cleveland Police. His parents remained in Corby.
After his police career ended, in 2012 he became the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham Constabulary. He served until he retried on health grounds this September following a short battle with motor neurone disease. Throughout his later years he spoke out publicly in favour of assisted dying.
This afternoon Durham Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: "Durham Constabulary and the people of County Durham and Darlington have lost a great colleague and friend.
"Ron was a radical thinker, an inspiring leader and a lifelong public servant who wasn’t afraid to tackle head-on some of the most difficult issues facing society.
"I would like to offer Maureen and the rest of Ron’s family my deepest sympathies and the condolences of everyone at the Durham Constabulary."
He died today (Tuesday, December 17) and leaves a devoted wife Maureen and two sons,