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Memorial for man with healing hands

PUBLISHED: 01:26 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

A Christian spiritualist healer from Kesgrave has died aged 76.

Ron Bellwood helped hundreds of people over the years through laying on of hands and prayer.

A Christian spiritualist healer from Kesgrave has died aged 76.

Ron Bellwood helped hundreds of people over the years through laying on of hands and prayer.

Patients travelled from as far afield as Germany, America and Nigeria to benefit from Ron's famed healing hands.

"My dad dedicated his life to helping others and to spiritualism," said daughter, Heather Bellwood.

"He went on healing people right up until shortly before he died, although he had stepped it down a little in the last couple of years."

Heather said that Ron wanted to continue to help people after his death, so he decided to leave his body to medical science.

For many years, Ron carried out his work of healing together with his wife, Con, at their former home in Cambridge Road. He moved to Howards Way after his wife died in 1998.

The couple had two daughters, Heather, 50, and Deborah Rutter, 47.

Ron was a butcher by trade, working at Sainsbury's, managing the Dewhurst shop in Carr Street, and then moving to the Co-op. He later worked as a postman, before leaving the post office to concentrate on healing.

He worked to a code of conduct established by the British Alliance of Healing Association, which is accepted by the British Medical Association, and he always stressed that he worked with doctors, not against them.

He was a devoted family man and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and a keen gardener.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 11am, at Horley Spiritualist Church, London Road, Ipswich.

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