Police were called to a property in Rowledge, near Farnham, at 12.40pm on Monday (5 August) where they sadly found the bodies of a couple in their 80's. The couple had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. A weapon was recovered from the scene.
An investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of the couple’s deaths, however at this time police believe it to be an isolated incident with no third party involvement. Her Majesty’s Coroner for Surrey has been informed and enquiries into the deaths continue. The couple will be formally identified as part of the Coronial process, but they are believed to be Mr Ronald Gold, aged 83 and his wife Mrs Kathleen Gold (known as Gwen), aged 78 years.
Police are supporting Mr and Mrs Gold’s next of kin, who describe the couple as being “devoted to each other throughout their lives”, and we’d request that you respect the family’s privacy at this time.
There has been a police presence at the location, and in the wider area, throughout the week and we are grateful for the patience and understanding from nearby residents as officers carry out our investigation. We are offering our full support to the family, and the local community following this tragic event.
Mr and Mrs Gold’s family have made the following tribute to their mum and dad:
“Mum and Dad were devoted to each other throughout their lives. They met and married when Dad was a postman, delivering letters to Mum’s house, and were married in Frensham in the mid 60’s. Throughout their years together, they were apart only once. Even when Dad went fishing, Mum would happily sit with him on the riverbank reading her book.
“They moved to Rowledge 45 years ago where they were very happy. Dad had a garden machinery business and both were well known members of the local community. They would walk their dogs in Alice Holt every day and on Friday’s they would drive down to Selsey and have lunch together. Theirs was a happy and fulfilled life.
“We’ve been so grateful for all the messages from everyone who knew them, but we’d ask for privacy from the media at this incredibly difficult time for us”.