THE UK’s most married man is now on the lookout for wife number nine.
Ron Sheppard, 74, called off his last engagement to an American woman called Rose Hans, who he’d never met, in 2019, saying it “didn’t feel right”.
Ron Sheppard hopes to find lasting love with his ninth wifeCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Ron had hoped to tie the knot with Rose HansCredit: Social Media – Refer to Source
Ron with his last wife – the marriage ended in 2016 and he has been single ever since
After that relationship ended, the dad-of-eight who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, admits he retreated into his shell.
His autobiography, Lord of the Weddings, was published in 2014.
Ron has been looking for love ever since Filipino Cristel Lalec, who he thought would be his “forever wife,” left the UK five years ago.
The former tour manager of comedian Norman Wisdom says “I’m just plodding along,” although he says he has been chatting to a woman based in the UK in the past few weeks.
He added: “It’s very early days… I’m not rushing into it.I am still looking for love.”
“I’m still looking for ‘luuuuuuuuv’ with an ‘luv’,” he laughs.
Even though he has been married eight times, he says he has has “never given up on love”.
“I hate being alone – I just want a companion. I’d like to find someone I can have a good conversation with; who will support me; go out to places. I don’t go out in the evenings now but that would be nice to have somebody with me.”
Ron, who thinks he has 13 great-grandchildren – although he’s not quite sure – managed he keep himself busy during the Covid lockdowns by continuing with his health campaigning efforts which he has focused on since 1993.
Love and marriage though have also been a key preoccupation throughout his life. since he first got married to Margaret in 1966.
His longest union lasted 13 years; the shortest was just 10 months.
He first got married in 1966 to Margaret and the couple had three kids but they later divorced after two years.
Wife number two was Jeanette and they wed in 1973 although the marriage lasted just one year.
Ron married for the third time in 1976 to Lesley and they had two boys together before he left her five years later.
Kathy came wife number four in 1982 and they had a daughter with husband and wife working at Pontins as bluecoats with Shane Richie.
Ron then married Sue in 1986 and had two boys. After 11 years she threw him out though.
Usha from Singapore was next to tie the knot with him in 1999, followed by Wan in 2003 and Weng a year later.
Ron married his first wife Margaret in 1966Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
Ron wed wife number 2 Jeanette in 1973
Ron pictured here marrying his third wife Lesley
Ron had one daughter with wife No4 Kathy, who he married in 1982
Ron then married wife No5 Sue in 1986 and had two sons together before she threw him out in 1997Credit: Solent News
In 2003 he married wife No7 Wan but she left to return to Bangkok after eight monthsCredit: Collect
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