_.William David Jock Ropner, who died 31 January, 2013, aged 83, was a scion of the shipping family of Baronets (Bt, of Preston Hall, cr 1904). He was born 27 June, 1929, son of John Raymond Ropner (1903-), High Sheriff of Durham (1958), and a director of Sir R. Ropner & Co Ltd, the family firm, of Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond, North Yorkshire, by his wife the former Joan Redhead, daughter of William Redhead; he was educated at Harrow.
He married in 1961 (div 1962) Elizabeth Anne Ellsworth Jones. No issue.
The funeral is at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Middleton Tyas, 7 Feb, 2013.