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Ronald Pattison

09/01/24: All involved with the Eton Fives Association were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ronald Pattison at the age of 73 last Wednesday evening.

Ronald was, quite simply, a lynchpin of the Fives community. An Old Carthusian, he has been instrumental in ensuring the flourishing of the game once more at Charterhouse, both through his work with the school and the resident Brigands club. His role as the Eton Fives representative for the Jesters has greatly enhanced the sport’s profile within the club. He also gave distinguished service to the EFA for many years as a Trustee, Vice Chairman and Vice President.

Although a fine player, many of us will remember Ronald best as an evangelist for Fives as a social game - a way to form, develop and cherish friendships both on court and over a drink afterwards. Even in recent months as he battled his illness, he would be at the back of the court at every major tournament, whatever the weather, enthusing all he met.

A full obituary for Ronald will be published on the EFA website in due course. If you would like to share memories or material to assist in its preparation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

His sad death is a great loss for our game. Our deepest condolences are with Louise and their family at this time.

Matt Chinery

Chair, Eton Fives Association