Friday, January 24, 2020

Raised in Gateshead and joined Arborfield Army Apprentices School, gaining a Vehicle Apprenticeship and later transferred to REME – the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Served in the Suez Canal protecting British interests. Those who served were never at the time decorated for their bravery, but the Government finally announced that those who served would be awarded a medal, which my Dad finally received in January 2004.

In 1958 when he was a Sergeant he left REME and the Army and joined Reyrolles in Hebburn as a Mechanical Engineering Draughtsman and met his wife Lillian.
In 1961 he took a drop in pay for a chance to work with his beloved buses and was employed as a Technical Assistant with Newcastle Corporation. In 1963 was promoted to Rolling Stock Superintendant at Colchester Corporation.He also taught Maths and Science at the local technical college on an evening.
In 1969 moved to Barrow-in-Furness as Works Superintendant and later as Chief Engineering Assistant. He also taught Motor Mechanics at the local technical college.
In 1972 took role of PSV Maintenance Engineer with Leeds City Transport and was responsible for the maintenance of 700 Public Service Vehicles and six operating garages. He was later promoted to Divisional Engineer where he was responsible for 250 staff.He studied and achieved a BA with the Open University. This was a feat in itself bearing in mind this was on top of working full-time and helping to raise a young family.
In 1986 he took early retirement, but after two years wanted to get back to work and was employed at the Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association (VBRA). During this time he took on additional responsibility for Industrial Relations and represented Association members at Industrial Tribunals throughout the country. He was also appointed and served for 10 years as a governor of Joseph Priestly college in Leeds.

In 1993 he retired from the VBRA and was later appointed by the Department of Employment and Department of Trade and Industry onto their Industrial Tribunal panel.
On early retirement, he started long distance walking as he approached 60 years old, he took up half marathons and raised money for church charities. He ran in Lincoln, Blackpool and did the Robin Hood Run. But by far the favourite was the Great North Run which he did five times, the last in 1997, two years after a heart bypass operation.
In 2007 he was diagnosed with dementia, it was diagnosed early and the medication he was given gave him a quality of life that so many others are denied. He didn’t suffer as so many other people do and you won’t be surprised to know that his sense of humour and love of Gateshead FC saw him through to the end.
A life long Methodist and life long fan Gateshead FC, beloved father of Diane and Jane, father-in-law to Dave and Grandad of Greg and Brandon.

Notifying Deaths of Ex Arborfield Boys and requests for an AOBA Remembrance Scroll

Reporting Deaths

In the event of an ex Arborfield Old Boys death it would be most helpful if members could report as much of the following information to the Bereavement Officer or to any AOBA Committee member: The full name of the deceased, his intake number and date of death. Also the full name and address of the next of kin (n-o-k) of the deceased. Normally who ever reports the death is a friend or is known to the family and it is better that they negotiate on our behalf, with the n-o-k or family, not myself or committee members to obtain all the necessary information.

Note: After some drumhead services a few members mentioned that some deaths were not read out and no crosses were planted for them. Majority of the names mentioned were found to be from the previous year and were recorded, a small number were not. The reason why we miss some is because we have not been informed or we have insufficient information to record the death. Members are reminded to report deaths as and when they are aware of them. If you know of an ex Arborfield boy who has passed away and is not listed in the AOBA Roll of Honour (Can be seen on the AOBA Website) then please let me have their details.

A request for an AOBA Remembrance Scroll

I would like to remind members that I do not automatically send out a Remembrance Scroll when I’m notified of a death.  I only send them when requested by whoever has made contact with the family of the deceased and only then when the n-o-k has confirmed that they would like to receive one.  Remembrance Scrolls can be requested in the memory of the deceased for both AOBA members and non members. The minimum information required, before a scroll is sent, is listed in sub paragraphs a. & b. below:

a. Full name of the deceased, his intake number and date of death.

b. The n-o-k or family member’s full name, ensuring that we have their first name, and the address to where the scroll should be sent.

c. If a member of the AOBA his membership number, if available.

When it has been confirmed that the n-o-k of the deceased has requested a Remembrance Scroll, I will only send one if I have all the detail as listed in sub paragraphs a. & b. above. I will not send a scroll until I’m in receipt of all this detail. As you can imagine, if we get any of this detail wrong, it could cause extra grief to the bereaved.

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