Biography of the Ceremonial Mayor

Councillor Ronnie Wilson was born on 3 March 1944 to Elsie and Harry Wilson at Lostock Road in Seedley. He was a cherished baby as his older sister Yvonne had died within weeks of her birth. He was joined in 1948 by his much loved sister Sharon, who sadly lost her brave battle with cancer on New Year’s Day 2018.

Ronnie was educated at Seedley Primary School, Tootal Road and Hope High. His first employment was as an office junior at Winterbottoms on Liverpool Street in Seedley. 

From there he became an engineering apprentice at Manchester Rubber Stamp Company and then onto Gardner’s Diesels in Eccles as a Quality Control Engineer. He spent 27 years in the same role at Massey Ferguson in Trafford Park until its closure. 

From then to Modern Circuit Industries until its closure and until retirement worked as a civil servant in the Department of Work and Pensions. 

Ronnie began his political and trade union life at 15 years of age, later becoming a Shop Steward and then a Union Representative and eventually a Salford councillor. He met his wife Pat through politics in 1967. They married on 18 October 1969 and lived in Irlam for 18 months before moving to their present Weaste address. They have two married sons, Paul married to Sharon and John married to Michelle and are grandparents to Amy and Adam, children of Paul and Sharon. 

Ronnie and Pat are also involved in the life and worship of Emmanuel Church and Centre. When he has spare time Ronnie enjoys getting together with his family or spending time in Anglesey.  

This page was last updated on 17 May 2018