Category Archives: Obituary

MIKE McKEVITT

It is with regret that I have to advise you of the passing of former member Mike McKevitt after a prolonged period of ill health.

Mike was a professional actor and some members will remember a Tuesday morning meeting in the form of a question and answer session where he reflected on his career.

Derek Simpson’s Funeral

Derek ‘s Funeral Will take place at Skipton Crematorium on Monday 21st January at 2.10pm.

Skipton Crematorium Carleton Rd, Skipton, United Kingdom

Derek Simpson 1937- 2019

Derek Simpson 1937- 2019

The Treasurer Roy Smith informed the membership that our Registrar Derek Simpson had died on Monday 7th January 2019. Derek was a railway man through and through. He had a vast knowledge of the British rail network and the European railways.

His hobbies included walking, skiing and model railways. His layout of train models all complied with British Rail standards. When he retired Derek set himself the task of walking the towpaths of the English Canal system. He had no intention of becoming a ‘couch potato’!

In his library he had all the Ordinance Survey maps of England. Derek was a good skier and taught many folk to ski when there was a dry ski slope in Harrogate.

When out walking he always had the company of Fran or Meg his well behaved dogs.

He will be missed by many friends and colleagues.



Gordon Middleton

6 days ago
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Derek Simpson 1937- 2019
Hi. My name is Gordon Middleton and I am Derek Simpson’s nephew. First of all I’d like to thank your members for their kind words regarding Derek’s life.
Any friends and colleagues who wish to attend his funeral are informed that on Monday 21st, 2.10pm It will be held at Skipton Crematorium then onto Carleton Social club about a mile away in Carleton village. Everybody is welcome.

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FUNERAL OF ROY HOWARD HONORARY LIFE MEMBER.

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

Roy Howard …Funeral Arrangements

The funeral for Roy Howard will take place at Stonefall Crematorium/Cemetry on Thursday June 28th at 11 a.m.

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Passing of Honorary Life Member Roy Howard.

It is with sadness that I have to advise of the death of Roy Howard at the age of 89 after a long period of deteriorating health.

Roy was the Londoner who came to Harrogate as a child and went to Harrogate Grammar School before a career as a Social Security Officer. In his younger days he was a great walker and Joss Naylor the Cumbrian fell- runner was his cousin. Roy, it seems, once climbed Ben Nevis in the early morning and was dancing in the Royal Hall in the evening. Ballroom dancing was another of his many interests. For many years he was a keen member of Harrogate Photographic Society. He joined the Forum nearly 20 years ago, spoke to us three times and was three times Chairman, a unique distinction. He was elected an Honorary Life Member after the death of his friend George Mountford who was our first Honorary Member.

Our condolences go to his family and his presence at the Forum will be missed.

Funeral details will be entered here when known.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

Funeral Arrangements—Gordon Richardson

Gordon’s funeral will take place at Stonefall Crematorium on Thursday March 8th at 340 p.m. and afterwards at the Traveller’s Rest.

Member’s who knew Gordon are welcome to attend.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

OBITUARY GORDON RICHARDSON

I am sorry to have to advise of the death of Gordon Richardson last Sunday just a few weeks short of his 92nd birthday. Gordon was a Forum member of 7 years standing and on two occasions he contributed his memories of his time in the Services to Members’ Mornings.

He moved to Harrogate from Mirfield in West Yorkshire after the death of his wife to be nearer his daughter and until the last couple of months was remarkably fit and looked ten years younger than he was. Gordon was good company in the “League of Gentlemen” who meet in Tilly Peppers after Forum meetings and he will be missed.

Any funeral details will be posted here when advised.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

RAY SNOWDEN…Funeral Arrangements

I can now advise you that Ray’s funeral will be held at Wesley Chapel on Thursday February 1st at 1115 a.m.

Malcolm Wood will attend as one of the chief mourners and John Taylor will also attend on behalf of the Forum.

Members who knew Ray personally may wish to make their own arrangements to attend.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY

OBITUARY RAY SNOWDEN

It is with sadness that I have to advise of the passing of Ray Snowden.

Ray has died in Bilton Hall Nursing Home after a year of declining health. With Malcolm Wood he was a regular worshipper at Wesley Chapel and he joined the Forum in October 2010 at the beginning of Malcolm’s year as Chairman. Most Tuesdays after the meeting Malcolm and Ray would join their wives for lunch usually in a village pub.

It was Ray who suggested that our collection at the Christmas lunch in 2016 should be shared between the Hospice and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, enduring good causes which he strongly supported. Sadly Ray was too ill to attend this season to hear the talk about changes in the Y.A.A. from Mike Bevington.

The Forum sends its condolences to his wife Mavis, who herself has been in poor health over recent months. Malcolm and his wife Anita have been very loyal in their support of the family.

Funeral details will be posted here when known or advised.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY