We are sad to report the passing of PDG Lion Dr. Ravindranath Bhonsle, known as ‘Robbie’, at the age of 93. A well-known medical practitioner, surgeon and anaesthetist, and a popular figure in St Austell, he will be greatly missed by many. Born in Goa in India, he emigrated to Britain in the late 50’s and worked in hospitals in England and Holland before settling in St Austell in 1967.

He was involved in many local organisations including St Austell Bridge Club, League of Friends, Treliske Diabetic Centre as a trustee, Monday Night Card School, Carlyon Investment Club and St Austell Cricket Club.

However, it was as a member of the Lions Club that Robbie attained his greatest achievements. He joined St Austell Lions in February 1972 and thus completed 50 years of service. Robbie made enormous contributions to the club with his annual bridge tournaments, the annual safari dinners, and he started with others, the duck races, and the 100 club. Robbie and his late wife Dorothy were ever present in the annual twinning with Pornichet in Brittany and their post Carnival BBQ was the highlight of many other social events they hosted. He served as president and was awarded a Melvyn Jones Fellowship. But he didn’t stop there. Robbie held the offices of Zone Chairman, Region Chairman and served on the district cabinet for several years, becoming District Governor of our District 105SW, the first person from the club to hold this office. He attended many International Conventions around the world.

Donations in his memory are to the Lions Clubs International Foundation and cheques should be made payable to ‘The Lions Club of St Austell’ and sent to Personal Choice Funerals, 4 Alexandra Rd, Saint Austell PL25 4QP.

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