Jim Bryson. Jim spent the whole of his working life in the Communications Department of the Ministry of Defence at Fulwood Barracks, apart from a short a short spell in the Falkland Islands following the 1982 War. However he was best known for his work in local amateur football league circles, devoting nearly fifty years of his life to the Lancashire Sunday League. As well as being Promotions Secretary and Fixtures Secretary he was also a referee (as the result of a broken leg playing), and he became the Referees' Secretary, a position he held for over forty years until his illness. Jim will be missed by all who knew him. The funeral service was held at the Fulwood Barracks Chapel at 2pm on Tuesday 19th September 2017, followed by the committal at Preston Crematorium.
Edward 'Ted' Dewhurst. Affectionately known as "Dickie", he passed away on Tuesday 12th September 2017, at the good age of 95 following a long illness. He taught Maths at the Grammar School from just after the end of the War until the School officially closed in 1969, and beyond that at the College. Being a private man and living his later years in Silverdale he didn't take an active part in the Association, but he was certainly well-remembered by many Members who would send in their memories of him, some of which were published in various Newsletters.
The funeral service and committal will take place at Beetham Hall Crematorium, Beetham (a few miles north of Lancaster) on Monday 2nd October 2017, at 3.30pm.
Keith Nightingale. Keith passed away on Tuesday 19th September 2017,at the age of 83. Keith was a pupil of Preston Grammar School from 1945 to 1952, and was in Goodair House. A lifelong Member of the Association, he had not been well for some time, but until very recently had never let this stop him from attending PGSA meetings, functions and events.
He was elected President of the Association in 1994 and thereafter remained totally committed to the Executive Council and the activities of the Association. He was especially supportive of my colleagues and myself when we were "new to the game" in 2006. As Chairman of the Board of Governors at Moor Park High School and Sixth Form College he was instrumental in the setting up and maintaining of the annual visits to the old School building, and in connection with his professional Health and Safety work he facilitated the first (resurrected) golf tournament. In short he devoted much to the Association and will be greatly missed.
The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to their families, friends and colleagues at this sad time. Provisional obituaries are here.
No further details are available at present, but the thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to his family, friends and colleagues in their time of loss.
(Please note: the funeral of Ronnie Foreman, referred to below, did not take place as advertised because of the illness of his son. A new date is still to be notified.)
The Funeral Service will be held at Preston Crematorium on Wednesday 3rd May 2017, at 11.15am. We have no further details at this time. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Ron's surviving son Bill at this very sad time.
"After leaving school in 1938, Bill joined the RAF with the aspiration of becoming a pilot. During initial training in Canada he shocked his flying instructor by only just pulling out of a spin before landing safely! The advice, now, was for him to concentrate on becoming a navigator, which he did with great relish. He joined Bomber Command and the Lancaster Pathfinder Squadron 582 and completed 57 operational missions, mainly over Germany, with the same 'lucky' skipper and crew! After demob. he joined the family firm in Preston, WS. Heane, and enjoyed a number of leisure pursuits including sailing his boat Kingfisher from Glasson Dock, active family holidays and walking, He was a member of St. Bartholomew's Church Choir until last year. He leaves his wife, Margaret, whom he met when she was a midwife at Sharoe Green Hospital, son David and daughter Janet together with five grandchildren".
Donations may be made to The Rowans Hospice c/o Messrs M Coghlan Limited, Westbury Rd, Fareham PO16 7XU.
The Executive Council Meeting originally programmed for Thursday 12th will now take place on Wednesday 18th January, time and place unchanged.
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