I am pleased to announce that John Welch, Ken Hicks, Peter Baughan, Pat and Ian Grant managed to battle through the fog to attend the funeral of Joe Gibbons on the 14th March 2014 at Oxford Crematorium, and pleased that they did so. Unfortunately John Barber, who was his Sergeant in TQF stores, was unable to attend due to a personal circumstance that arose at the last minute and was beyond his control.
It was a small congregation consisting of those mentioned above, a son and grandson from his first marriage, his sister-in-law, her husband and their family from his second marriage, and a few friends from Benson village. We thanked David, the vicar, who did a splendid job; recognising the RAF and TQF ties, David mentioned that it was nice to see that some of Joe’s RAF friends attended, and did admit that in Joe’s circumstances it had been a difficult task.
John Welch, ably assisted by Ian Grant
Gay Meredith has asked me to inform you all that the collection at Marty’s funeral raised £623.46 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, which is based at RAF Benson, and passes on her thanks to all who donated.
It is with deep regret that a database error which was out of our control has resulted in the database of 2012 being used to send out the invites for this years dinner instead of the most recent up to date database which had been provided. This means that those people who changed address may not receive the invite but more importantly those deceased members since 2012 have also received an invite. The committee apologises to those people who may be affected by this most regrettable and upsetting error and steps are being taken to ensure this does not happen in the future.
If you do not receive an invite in the next couple of days please contact me asap and I will email you as soon as possible with an application form. Thank you for your continued support.
It is my sad duty to inform Members that Joe Gibbons, former Cpl Supplier from 1966-76, died in Hospital in Oxford on 14th February 2014 at the age of 87 after a fall at his home.
The funeral will take place on Friday 14 March at Oxford Crematorium at 10:00, all are welcome to attend.
Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.
Please note the change of time for the funeral.
It is with sadness that I announce the death of Air-Vice Marshal James Donald Spottiswood CB CVO AFC MA RAF(Retd) on 28th December 2013 at the age of 79.
AVM Don Spottiswood served as Deputy Captain of The Queen’s Flight between 1974-78 and was appointed the CVO in 1977.
His funeral took place at Bournemouth Crematorium on 16 Jan 2014 at 12:30 PM.
Our sincere condolences go to his wife Margaret and family.
For a full obituary of the life and career of Don Spottiswood please go to the link below:
Chris Harrison (TQFA Membership Secretary)
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Air Vice-Marshal Sir Richard Charles Fairfax Peirse KCVO, CB, RAF(Retd) on Saturday, 8th February 2014. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family at this sad time.
Air Vice-Marshal Sir Richard Charles Fairfax Peirse KCVO, CB was the son of Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Peirse. He was educated at Bradfield College and the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the RAF on 9 April 1952, he was promoted to Flying Officer in 1953 and to Flight Lieutenant in 1954. Subsequent promotions followed to Squadron Leader in 1959 and to Wing Commander in 1965.
In 1968 he became Commanding Officer of No. 51 Squadron, before being promoted to Group Captain on 1 July 1969 and taking up the post of Deputy Captain of The Queen’s Flight where he stayed until 1972. He was then Station Commander at RAF Waddington in 1973 and Deputy Director of Operational Requirements in 1976, and Director of Personnel (Air) in 1977. Promoted to Air Commodore on 1 January 1978, he then became Director of Operational Requirements in 1980.
On 30 January 1982, Air Commodore Richard Peirse was appointed Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, with the acting rank of Air Vice-Marshal. He was promoted to substantive Air Vice-Marshal on 6 July 1982. Appointed a CB in the 1984 New Year Honours List, he served as Defence Services Secretary from 1985 to his retirement. On 9 March 1988 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, and retired from the RAF on 16 June 1988.
In retirement he was Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod between 1990 and 2002 and Registrar and Secretary of the Order of the Bath between 2002 and 2006.
Information sought from Wikipedia.
Invites will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.
Gay Meredith would like thank those who attended the funeral and those who donated so generously to The Thames Valley and Chilterns Air Ambulance.
The funeral for Martyn Meredith RVM will take place at the West Berks Crematorium, Thatcham on Tuesday 21st January 2014 at 1:30pm. Family flowers only but donations may be made to The Thames Valley Air Ambulance through Howard Chadwick Funeral services, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford OX10 8ED.
To assist with catering requirements, please inform Ian Grant if you intend to attend and join Gay and family afterwards for light refreshments. Ian Grant can be contacted on 01491 835607 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today I have been informed that Martyn Meredith passed away late last night in The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after being taken ill 3 weeks ago. Our thoughts are with his family.
Funeral details will be published when known.