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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Archdeacon of Portsmouth.

The Ven Ronald Scruby, who lost a leg in the Second World War, was the Archdeacon for eight years and the vicar of Eastney for eight years. He had been Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight for 12 years before taking up his position in the city.

He died peacefully at home on Monday January 31, aged 91, and was described by his friend the Archdeacon of Portsdown, the Ven Trevor Reader, as ‘a lively, interesting and lovely man’.

The 64-year-old said: ‘I had known Ronald since the 1980s and in fact he was the first person I went to when I decided I wanted to be a minister.

‘And when I went to him, he greeted me at the door and sat me down in his study.

‘He had a little fridge at the back and he opened the door and asked if I wanted a beer.

‘He had a knack of putting people at ease, but was always very organised and was well respected.’

Retiring in 1985, Archdeacon Scruby, pictured, was married to Sylvia Miles, who died in 1995, and had two sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren.

Archdeacon Reader added: ‘Before he became the archdeacon he had been a vicar in St Margaret’s Church, Eastney for eight years.

‘He then went to the Isle of Wight, before coming back to Portsmouth.

‘And to think I’ve now ended up myself as an archdeacon like he was.

‘He retired several years ago, but he would call up regularly to see what was happening in the churches.

‘Always astute, he was determined, supportive and very encouraging.’

His funeral took place on Saturday at St Bartholomew’s Church, near his home in Rogate near Petersfield.