Death of popular Sydney Irish tourism executive

Sydney’s Irish business community is in mourning following the death of Dubliner Ron Chandler after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Affectionately known as The Silver Fox, Mr Chandler died on Friday August 16 with his family at his bedside.

Born in Cappagh, Co Dublin, Ron was a passionate member of the Lansdowne Club and was well-known for his work in the travel industry, particularly for global car-hire company Avis.

Dubliner Ron Chandler first moved to Australia in 1981.

Dubliner Ron Chandler first moved to Australia in 1981.

After commencing his tenure with Avis UK in 1965, he enjoyed postings in Japan, Ireland, Hong Kong, Canada, Europe and eventually, Australia where he was transferred in 1981.

He was twice transferred back to the UK but after being moved back to Australia for the third time, he declared that he had found 'paradise' and was staying down under. He went on to become Director of International Sales and Marketing for Avis until his retirement in 2001.

Always a proud Irishman, he was a passionate supporter of the Lansdowne Club and the Ireland Funds.

He was honoured by AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents) at the National Travel Industry Awards, when CEO Mike Hatton presented him with an award recognising his contribution to the Travel and Tourism Industry.

Such was the respect in which Ron was held that in retirement he was regularly sought out by Avis management globally, for his counsel and advice. He was also an active member of the Avis Travel Agent Advisory Board and a board member and advisor for some travel industry companies

Ron was also an enthusiastic member of the global travel industry association Skal International. He was president of the association in 1996 when Skal International Sydney was recognised as the global Club of the Year. In 2014, he was awarded life membership of Skal International Sydney for his 49-year service.

Beloved husband of Monica, he was a devoted father of Elaine, Mark, Stuart and Gareth, father-in-law of Pete, Alison, Sara and Melissa, much adored grandpa of Laura, Liam, Alice, Ryan, Ella, Stephanie, Alexandra, Anna, Owen, Rhys and great-grandpa of Mia.

He was predeceased by parents Douglas and Norah and sister Mary and is survived by siblings Douglas, Paul, Sophie, Brendan and Vincent.

His funeral Mass will be held at The Sacred Heart Church, 2 Richard Porter Way, Pymble on Friday August 23 commencing at 11am. The funeral will leave the church at the conclusion of the Mass for Macquarie Park Crematorium, North Ryde.