Category Archives: Obituary

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

OBITUARY …ROBERT BRADWELL

It is with regret that I have to advise you of the death of Robert (Bob) Bradwell. Whilst not having attended Forum for some time, and irregularly at best, it was only last week that I heard from his son that Robert was seriously ill.

A Requiem Mass will be held at St Robert’s Church, Robert Street, Harrogate on Friday January 5th 2018 at 12 noon.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW    SECRETARY

Sad News of Former Member

I am sorry to have to advise of the death of Richard Barker, a member until recently and who passed away just short of the age of 90 following a period of ill-health. Richard was an architect and his knowledge had been invaluable to the Harlow and Pannal Ash Resident’s Association of which both Peter Staples and Terry Byrne had been Chairman. Richard had given talks to the Forum prior to becoming a member and as a member you may recall his talk in April 2015 titled “On Guard” relating to his Military Service.

His funeral will be at St. Mark’s Church on 31st May at 3p.m.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW  SECRETARY

SAD NEWS

It is with regret that I have to advise you of the death yesterday of Ken Lupton.

Ken was not a member of long-standing but had contributed with a short talk one Members morning. We had not seen him at Forum since last October when those present may recall him not being well and an ambulance having to be summoned. It transpired that he was battling cancer and although in his early nineties stayed cheerful and medication kept him going until latterly.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made although his daughter advised me there will be a short cremation service in Harrogate and a Memorial Service in Hartlepool where he comes from and where he played the organ at his local church for 40 years.

I have offered mine and the Forum’s condolences to his daughter and family at this sad time.

 

NEIL RAMSHAW   SECRETARY