Six Forum Members , including the immediate past Chairman and current Chairman , attended Roy Howard’s funeral at Stonefall on June 28th. Roy’s daughter and granddaughter spoke at the service and brought with them a selection of the things Roy enjoyed—a copy of The Times which he read every day; his Scrabble set; a box of Thornton’s Chocolates; a guide to Norwegian fjords etc. Some of us knew about Roy the climber of mountains; Roy the veteran of Harrogate Photographic Society and Roy the accomplished ballroom dancer but we also learned that he was a fine violinist at a young age and had a successful career as a Higher Executive Officer in the Civil Service. He was proud of his role in the Harlow Men’s Forum and his unique distinction of being Chairman three times with his contribution to our group being recognised with his award of Honorary Life Membership. His joke book, from which he quoted at the beginning of each meeting, was on display!!
The Minister at the service then read a tribute to Roy from Forum Member and his friend George Wells who did so much to help Roy and his wife Hazel in their later years as their health declined and indeed , sadly, Hazel was too ill to attend the service. It was Roy who persuaded George to come to one or two Forum Meetings with him becoming one of our most committed attendees always eagerly anticipating each new season. and he latterly brought Roy to meetings which he would not otherwise have been able to attend. George commented on Roy being a quiet but very kind man with many varied accomplishments.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY