Search

Popular Islington caretaker retires but door is always open

07:03 04 July 2012

Ron Cumber

Ron Cumber

Archant

A caretaker who has looked after estates across Islington for more than three decades has finally called it a day.

Lifelong Islington resident Ron Cumber has decided to hang up the overalls after 35 years keeping housing blocks shipshape, from Archway to Holloway.

Mr Cumber, 65, of Surr Street, Holloway, said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my job and don’t regret a thing. I was never that brainy at school so couldn’t work in an office. I liked the outdoors so this suited me.

“The only reason I haven’t gone on longer is that you’ve just had enough when you get to a certain age.

“It will be hard to stop caretaking though.”

Now that he has more time on his hands, animal lover Mr Cumber plans to spend more time with his pets – including a dog, a parrot and a tortoise.

Mr Cumber was raised on the site which is now the Emirates Stadium, before moving into the nearby Harvist Estate following slum clearances.

He started caretaking in the 1970s on the Girdlestone Estate in Archway, before spending the last 20 years on the Hyde Village Estate, off Hungerford Road, Holloway.

Remembering the old days, Mr Cumber said: “Everything’s changed, even down to the roads, which used to be two ways, but now they only go one way. People have changed as well. I like people now and everyone on the estate is lovely but years ago my mum would hang the house key on a bit of string – you can’t do that now.

“I would go back to when I was a child when you could have fun for free because everything costs money now.

“Highbury Baths were about 6p when I was younger.”

He added: “I have told the older ones, even older than me, that just because I’m retiring, it doesn’t mean they can’t knock on my door.”

Victoria Manly, Hyde Village service supervisor, said: “I’m really sad he’s leaving. He was always full of smiles.

“He was a real people person, who was always jolly, and would walk with people through the estate.

“He was very concentious and always made sure his jobs were done to perfection.”

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 18:08
Finsbury Park Mosque chairman Mohammed Kozbar. Picture: Ken Mears

The chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque is “very upset” after a bag of pork sausages was thrown into the compound – the second hate attack in six months.

Yesterday, 12:31
Happier times: Rev Simon and Jennifer Harvey

A man has been charged over a “heartbreaking” jewellery theft from a bereaved Islington vicar.

Yesterday, 12:25
Mentor Jeremy Cornish on the right talking to Filmon outside the Gherkin

On the surface, Filmon Russom and Jeremy Cornish make for an unlikely pairing. Filmon, with his designer haircut and stylish tracksuit, looks every bit your typical 19-year-old. Jeremy, 63, still dressed in the suit and shirt he wore to work, looks every bit your typical suave businessman.

Mon, 11:52
A file image of police. Scotland Yard are investigating a £20,000 theft from an elderly pair in Crouch End (Picture: PA)

Two burglars posed as gas board workers to steal £20,000 in cash from an elderly brother and sister in Crouch End.

Mon, 11:15
Police want to speak to this man about the meat throwing incident at Finsbury Park Mosque on Thursday. Picture: Met Police

A bag of meat was hurled into the grounds of the Finsbury Park Mosque in the early hours of Thursday morning in a suspected hate crime.

Sunday, May 29, 2016
Chris Taylor (back row right) and clients from the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants set off for the sponsored run

A crack team from the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants took on a sponsored run to raise much-needed cash for the centre this week.

Sunday, May 29, 2016
An image from Keith Collman's Caledonian Road gallery (Picture: Keith Collman/keithcollman.com)

You can take the man out of the Cally...

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Local historian and walking guide Rob Smith on the former site of the New River reservoir

When, first thing in the morning, you stumble blurry-eyed to the kitchen to fill up the kettle, how much thought do you give to where the water’s coming from? Very little, probably, and why would you? It’s there. It’s wet. It does what it’s supposed to do.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe