Obituary - Legendary big-band composer and arranger Ron Berridge

Ronald Berridge
February 9, 1940 - June 2, 2021

California, USA "Ronald Berridge ("Ron") was born on February 9, 1940 in Tabaquite, Trinidad & Tobago to Randolph Berridge and Estelle Blaize. Ron was the first of their six children, and when he was only about nine years old, he lost both parents, and as a result, Ron and his brothers and sisters spent the next several years of their childhood in St. Dominic's Home, an orphanage in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. This is where Ron was introduced to music, which took the edge off his years in St. Dominic's Home.

Needless to say, music changed the trajectory of his life and we were all the beneficiaries of his great music. Ron's musical career started in Trinidad with him playing lead trumpet with the CYO band, Frankie Francis, Clarence Curvan, Sparrow arranger, Burt Innis, and finally the big sound of the Ron Berridge Orchestra. Ron was such a creative and prolific arranger that he became the "go to" arranger for most calypsonians of his era.

The demand for his arrangements culminated in Lord Kitchener's 1967 and the Mighty Sparrow's 1968 albums, both well received. The Ron Berridge Orchestra's discography is well rounded with instrumentals covering Latin, Bosa Nova, Standards, Calypso, Soca, and many other styles of music. During this time, Ron and his Band produced and recorded the album, "Take The A Train."

Ron and his family immigrated to the United States in June of 1968, brought the band back together and continued his musical career in New York.

After a few years playing music and doing graphic arts in New York, he got tired of the cold winters and moved his family to sunny California where he continued with music and graphic arts.

Ron retired at age 62, and he and Patsy moved to Tucson, Arizona where he became a one-man band using an Apple computer, software and a keyboard to create digital music playing all the parts himself. In addition, he along with Tom Fermin and Clem produced, digitized, remixed and cleaned up old Ron Berridge music creating two new albums, Vintage I, the standards and Vintage II, the Latin Connection. It's safe to say, like Duke Ellington, music was his mistress.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Patricia Berridge, and their children, Lincoln A. Berridge, Ingrid Berridge, Charmaine Austin. He is also survived by his sister, Ursula Durity, and his brothers, Franklin Berridge, and Clement Berridge. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Natasha Clouser, Melissa Lewis, Shante Gillette, Shiriece Berridge, Shanelle Hall, Randy Berridge, Sasha Austin, Breana Owens and Ebony Austin.

We would also like to acknowledge Ronald's siblings who have passed on; Ralph Berridge, Marina Phillips, and Margaret Bourne. Great grand-kids, Daija Lewis, Simone Singletary, Noelle Singletary, Leylani Naef, Austin Naef, Taylor Carden, Amara Hall, Amani Hall, Zariayh Bradford, Eric Rogers 111, Jeremiah Rogers, Maliyah Jarvis, Jada Owens, Jaden Owens, Giselle Duncan, King Duncan.

Ronald is survived by his sons-in-laws, Darrel Austin, Michael Gillette. Grand son-in-law's Tyrone Carden, Brandon Owens, Eric Rogers and his daughter-in-law Alicia Berridge.

The family would also like to thank you following families and individuals for their love and support to Ron & Patricia over the years:

The Berridge Family, Thomas Fermin and Family Brenda Rennes, Cynthia Rennes, Tara Renries, Marlon and Louann Rennes and The Rennes Family, The Suite Family, The Phillips Family, Roy Cape, Basil & Maria Collier, The Durity Family, The Joseph Family, The Lessey Family, Shirene Alexis, Victoria Bwire-Kettnitz, Michelle Jones, and the Carden Family.

Ron Berridge

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Ron Berridge and wife Patricia Berridge
Ron Berridge and wife Patricia Berridge

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