The Ven Ronald Victor Scruby

By a County Press reporter

Friday, February 18, 2011


The Ven Ronald Victor Scruby

The Ven Ronald Victor Scruby.

FORMER Archdeacon of the Island for 12 years, the Ven Ronald Victor Scruby, died in Rogate, Sussex, aged 91, on January 31.

London-born Mr Scruby was one of the most respected clergy in the Portsmouth diocese.

Educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Mr Scruby was ordained deacon in 1950 and a priest the following year.

He served at churches in Rogate and Eastney, Portsmouth, and was chaplain of the King Edward VII Sanatorium.

During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Engineers, rising to the rank of captain, and took part in the D-Day landings. While in Holland, an explosion led to him having a leg amputated.

Mr Scruby was industrial chaplain to Saunders Roe, East Cowes, for five years from 1953.

Two years later, with other clergy in the Cowes area, he helped to form a workers’ forum, which often met at the Congregational Church, near the floating bridge, for topical discussions over their packed lunches.

He was installed as Archdeacon of the Island on February 5, 1965, and lived at Quarr Hill House, Binstead.

He served in the role until 1977 and then became Portsmouth’s archdeacon. He remained in the post until retirement in 1985.

During his time as Archdeacon of the Island, Mr Scruby assisted at St James’s Church, East Cowes, and at more than 50 other Island churches.

Married to Sylvia, who died in 1995, he annually posted a Christmas message in the County Press.

One of his sermons, on peace, was broadcast from Newport Parish Church on the BBC Home Service radio in 1966.

Island community involvements included service as chairman of the IW Housing Association.

One of his sons, Mark, said: "My father had a passion for the Island and its people. He enjoyed swimming at Ryde and Colwell Bay."

He leaves his daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren.

His funeral was held in Rogate on Saturday.

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