Vale Ron Eddy
Friday 9 Feb 2024
Ron’s contribution to the timber industry over many decades is legendary, especially the high goals he set and achieved over a long career that included roles as managing director of Koppers Hickson Timber Protection and founder and managing director of TimTechChem International Ltd.
Ron’s legacy spanned 40-plus years with the timber treatment and protection industry, starting out in his home country South Africa where he worked for Hickson Timber from 1977. In 1986, he emigrated with his wife, Lyn, and family to New Zealand where he transferred to Hickson Timber NZ as marketing director in 1990. The joint venture company Koppers-Hickson Timber Protection (NZ) Ltd was set up with Ron as the managing director.
In 1997 he took a break from timber treatment working for the NZ Institute of Management for a few years before launching TimTech Chemicals Ltd in New Zealand in 2001 and in Australia a year later. Ron was appointed to the executive council of the International Research Group on Wood Protection at the 47th meeting of the IRGWP in Lisbon in May 2016. He was chosen from a list of international candidates to take part in leading the group’s future over the next three years.
Ron’s driving force behind TimTech from 2001 to 2020 opened new horizons in the marketing, research and application of wood treatment technologies on both sides of the Tasman against competition from two major global companies. He retired in 2020. A postscript from an Aussie mate: “Ron was a brilliant chemist and an outstanding market strategist. Wood is better for him.”
Ron is survived by his wife Lynn, two daughters Janine Stewart and Angela Burgess, four grandchildren, a brother Clive in South Africa and a sister Sheldene Crookes in New Zealand. His funeral service was held in Auckland on Monday.
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