The industry says their final goodbye’s to an industry expert.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald Norman Cherry earlier this year. Ronald established several flourishing businesses throughout his career, and had a wealth of invaluable experience and knowledge within the industry.
His first successful venture was Archery Construction, where he primarily built cluster homes. After moving to KwaZulu-Natal in the early 80s, he went on to start Pro App, a building and maintenance company, which he ran for a few years before relocating to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana.
Upon his return, Patrick Wright, Ronald’s brother-in-law, started Textile Developers after breaking away from Floor Time where he had been working for several years. With Ronald’s business experience and Patrick’s carpeting experience, the two joined forces to form Pro-Tex Converters. This company attained significant success and grew profoundly over the years. After selling Pro-Tex Converters, Ronald once again formed a small but niche carpet tile business, Dyemension Dynamix, where he converted Nouwens top cloth into tiles and ran a small, manageable factory in Harrismith.
He has been semi-retired for the last five years, and for the past eight years has been running his business remotely with the assistance of Nolene Baldwin while living in Plettenberg Bay and, as his son John so aptly states, “enjoying life.”
Ronald’s adventurous soul and business acumen will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, especially the loved ones he leaves behind.