The UK’s ‘most married man’, 74, reveals he is moving to a care home as a single man because his eight wives ‘have worn his body out’
- Ron Sheppard, 74, from Somerton, has said his wives have ‘tired his body out’
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The UK’s ‘most married man’ Ron Sheppard is off to spend his twilight years in a care home – and says all his wives have ‘tired his body out’.
Eight times married Ron, 74, who is currently single, is leaving his two-bedroom ground floor flat in Somerton for a new life in a care home in the Isle of Wight to be close to his family.
But far from looking for a new lady to share his golden years with, Romeo Ron says he is no longer well enough for romance due to his failing health.
Ron, a father of eight, now suffers with a range of medical conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, COPD and Arachnoiditis which have left him reliant on a wheelchair and a team of carers which visit him three times a day.
‘My health is not good now,’ said Ron. ‘I think it’s possible all my wives have worn my body out over the years.
The UK’s ‘most married man’ Ron Sheppard is off to spend his twilight years in a care home – and says all his wives have ‘tired his body out’ (pictured, with the ninth woman he proposed to, Cristel Lalec)
Ron first married Margaret, together on their wedding day in 1966 (left). The pair had three children and divorced after two years. He wed bride number three, Lesley (right), in 1976
‘The mental and physical stress of the divorces have taken their toll.’
Ron first tied the knot in 1966 when he walked up the aisle with Margaret.
The pair shared three children but later divorced after two years, after which came wife number two, Jeanette. Wed in 1973, the union lasted just one year before Ron got married for the third time a couple of years later in 1976.
He and Lesley had two boys but Ron – a former tour manager of comedian Norman Wisdom – left her five years later before she died in 1996. Then came Kathy in 1982.
The couple, who had a daughter, worked at Pontins as bluecoats with Shane Richie. Ron then wed Sue in 1986 and had two boys. But she threw him out 11 years later.
Usha from Singapore was next to tie the knot with him in 1999, followed by Wan in 2003 and Weng a year later.
Ron’s longest marriage was 13 years and the shortest just 10 months.
Lothario Ron has remained single since his marriage to Weng collapsed but admits to having ‘friendships’ with a number of ladies. But he doesn’t regret walking up the aisle a staggering eight times.
Eight times married Ron, due to turn 75 in May, is leaving his two-bedroom ground floor flat in Somerton for a new life in a care home in the Isle of Wight to be close to his family (pictured with his eighth wife Weng)
Ron with his fourth wife Kathy, who met in a holiday camp before they married in 1982. They had a daughter and lasted four years
Ron’s fifth wife, Sue, whom he met in a bingo hall and married in 1986. They had two sons but she threw him out in 1997
‘I don’t regret any of my marriages,’ he said, ‘because I have my eight children.’ Ron said his constant search for ‘the one’ stems from the fact he was sexually abused as a child.
‘It left me with a lot of problems,’ he said. ‘I was constantly craving companionship and I turned to women. I felt safe in the company of women.’
Ron released his autobiography, Lord of The Weddings, in 2014, and is still working on his second book The Wife Collector which he says is due to be released alongside a film being made in the US.
His days now are very different to those when he was a serial husband. Now he is largely confined to his flat, apart from occasional shopping trips with his carers.
‘I spend my days in a lot of pain,’ he said. ‘I can’t do anything really as I shake so much.
Ron married wife number seven Wan in 2003 (left) and his last marriage in 2004 was to Weng, (right) which lasted for 11 years until the pair split in 2015
Ron is not in touch with any of his wives but is looking forward to moving to the Isle of Wight to be close to his sons and their families (pictured with his 8th wife Weng)
‘I have carers come in to help me three times a day. They cook me meals and check on me and do shopping.
‘I don’t really go out at all apart from when I occasionally go shopping with my carers.’
Ron is not in touch with any of his wives but is looking forward to moving to the Isle of Wight to be close to his sons and their families.
‘I have a care home place organised but I am just waiting on social services,’ said Ron.
‘And I am looking forward to getting over there and starting a new chapter of my life.’
But is Ron definitely ruling out any more romance? ‘If I meet a nice lady in the care home I think I will just keep it as a friendship,’ he laughed.
‘I’ve eaten enough wedding cake over the years. I’m done with going up the aisle.’
Ron Sheppard’s wives
Wife No 1: Margaret in 1966. Had three children and divorced after two years.
Wife No 2: Jeanette, married in 1973 and divorced after just one year together. Ron later described the union as a ‘business transaction’.
Wife No 3: Lesley, wed in 1976. He left five years later following a string of arguments. The couple have two sons.
Wife No 4: Kathy, met in a holiday camp and they married in 1982. They had a daughter and lasted four years.
Wife No 5: Sue, met in a bingo hall and married in 1986. They had two sons but she threw him out in 1997.
Wife No 6: Usha, wed in 1999. They split after four years when Ron cheated on her in Thailand.
Wife No 7: Wan, met in Bangkok in 2003 and married that year. The pair were in the UK for just eight months when Wan left him and returned home.
Wife No 8: Weng, married in 2004. The pair met online and Sheppard flew out to the Philippines. The couple were together for 11 years and split in 2015.
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