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Obituaries

 

John Harrison

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Trevor Hamson (1947 – 2018)

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John Johnson

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Tom Stobbs (1936 – 2017)

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Hazel Stoneman (14/4/1954 – 20/5/2017)

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Ron and Jean Malin.

Both Ron and Jean Malin have sadly passed away in the last few months. They joined the Elddis club in 1975 and were active members. They ran many rallies, their first being in 1978 at Emberton Park, Olney in Buckinghamshire. They later ran rallies in their field at the back of their home, which were well attended. Ron would put up a marquee for social events. All the money he
collected he gave to charity. When Ron stopped running rallies in the field other members took them over because they were so popular. They were a popular couple, always willing to lend a hand. Their last rally was at Batemans at Wainfleet last Mayday weekend. Anne Rickels called Jean by the name Sheila (thinking for some strange reason that this was her name!). This went on for several years until on one rally Jean finally asked Anne why she kept calling her Sheila. Anne was rather red faced when she realised her mistake, Jean just thought it was really funny!
Many members past and present attended both funerals at St Catherine’s parish Church in Burbridge, the village where they lived. The rally booked for this June in Ron’s field has been cancelled out of respect.
George Rickels.

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Alan Kerr.

Alan Kerr sadly passed away in December. Alan and his wife Margaret were founder members of the club in 1973. Both were very active with the club and were the first members to reach 500 rallies, which they celebrated 1996 at the Tulip Rally at Surfleet in Lincolnshire. They ran many rallies for the club, at Matlock, Stragglethorpe near Nottingham, Worksop, Tattershall,
Hagworthingham and the Christmas Meal rallies at Horncastle. Margaret was the first lady chairman of the club serving from 1988 – 1991. She sadly passed away in 2001 and Alan carried on caravanning for a further 2 years on his own. Alan will be remembered in the early days of the club for painting his Land Rover stripes to match their Caravan. George & Anne Rickels attended Alan’s funeral at St Mary’s Parish Church in Kirkby on Bain.
George Rickels.

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George Laurence Jameson.

Affectionately known as Lawrie he passed away on 11th March 2016. Lawrie and his late wife Winnie rallied with Elddis for many years. Lawrie was born in Holtwhistle, Northumberland, but moved to Yorkshire where he worked on farms as a cow man. As a hobby he was a keen amateur painter and loved nothing more than to paint local scenery. The funeral took place on Tues 29th March at 12:40pm at Scarborough Crematorium and was attended by Elddis members. RIP.
Ian Bennington.

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Derek Jackson.

The funeral of Ex-President and founding member of the club, Derek Jackson who sadly passed away on Sunday 7th February took place at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Trowbridge BA14 6HL at 11.30am on Thursday 25th February.
Derek was one of the first people to contact the factory regarding the formation of an Elddis Owners Club in 1973 and followed through his enthusiasm for the Club for many years in several different capacities. He and Eileen always visited me when attending an exhibition, even when I was not working for Elddis and such was this friendship that we have exchanged Christmas greetings every year since the club was formed. The Elddis Owners Club have a lot to thank him for, particularly the tireless work he put in to achieve our extended exemption certificate. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Gillian and Eileen and all their family at this sad time.
Eric Hepplewhite.

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Derek Jackson.
On Thursday 25th February 2016 we, along with many members of the Elddis Owners Club attended the funeral of Derek at Trowbridge. Derek was a founder member, first Southern Secretary, Vice Chairman, Chairman and President of the Club. Derek Eileen and Gillian attended many rallies. In the early days Derek was easily recognised in his yellow sweater. Derek always made a lot of the children in the club eventually taking charge of them at the A.G.M. to elect the Teenage Officer for the year. He was always taking part in the sports with the children. Derek spent many days at the D.O.E. in Bristol to obtain the club a fourteen day exemption certificate. At one meeting he was informed that the person who he been dealing with was no longer there and no correspondence from the Elddis Owners Club could be found, Derek promptly produced all the correspondence and a further meeting was then arranged. At the next meeting he was informed that if the club became a Limited Company we would be considered, The Limited Company was formed at the next A.G.M and shortly after that we received not a fourteen day certificate but a twenty eight day certificate all thanks to Derek’s hard work. Derek also produced a booklet on 30 years of the Elddis Owners Club. One memory of Derek is a Saturday social, we were sat outside the main hall having a bottle or two of Derek’s favourite tipple claret, when a passing member asked what we were doing in the foyer, and Derek’s reply was that this gathering was for long standing members only. My favourite memory of Derek is of being presented with a decanter and glasses by him for twenty five years as the General Secretary to the club. Outside the Club Derek was known as a town crier, four town criers were present at the funeral to give him a good send off, Derek will always be remembered for his jovial attitude and his dedication to the club our sympathy goes to Eileen and family, DEREK YOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED.
John and Ann Harrison.

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Derek and Eileen Jackson.

“Members will be saddened to hear that Founder Members Derek and Eileen Jackson have both died recently within weeks of each other – Derek at the beginning of February and Eileen towards the end of March. With a membership number of 0002, they were active in the Club from the very start. Derek served on the Club’s committee for many years culminating in a long period as President. Ruth and I first met the Jacksons on a very wet Easter rally in 1989. As fairly new members ourselves at that time, we were having trouble remembering people’s names and so we made notes in the back of our rally book. Alongside Derek’s name and registration number we wrote “grey hair, crew cut”, which helped us enormously when we met them again at that year’s AGM in Harrogate. Derek was a keen fisherman and for many years organised the Club’s annual fishing rally (ably assisted by son-in-law Glen), though he had little chance to do any fishing himself on those occasions as he was constantly in demand to assist the children to untangle lines and remove fish. While Eileen was kept busy providing biscuits and sympathy to those of the children who had succeeded in hooking themselves!
In recent years they had both suffered problems with their health and unfortunately were not able to continue rallying. “We send our sincere condolences to their son James and daughter Gillian, and their respective families.”

Lyndon & Ruth Wigmore

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It is with regret that I have to inform that Evelyn Murray (widow of Ralph Murray) died on Friday 3 July. Both were longstanding members of the club attending several hundred rallies over the years.