..... received over the weekend from Dieter Schlieben who advised of the passing of our skalleague Bernard Crisp. He was taken ill on his holiday in Burma and on his return was hospitalised.
Also, from Oxford, the sad loss of our SkÃ¥lleague and dear friend Stan Bowes. I am sure you will all join me in offering sincere condolences to Pauline, Antony, Victoria and the rest of the family. Stan passed peacefully away in hospital on the 11th of June after being admitted the previous week for pneumonia. As many of you will know, Stan had not been enjoying the best of health since his heart operation but did make it to Oxford's May meeting in Dorchester on Thames. It was Rita Oxford who introduced Stan to SkÃ¥l Oxford back in 1988 and he joined in 1989. He was then with the Thames and Chilterns Tourist Board and Karenâ€™s boss! It was some time after the board ceased to trade and his retirement that he took on the role of Hon Secretary for the club in 2003 and served until the AGM in 2010.
Memories of a good friend from Karen Hawkes
Stan was part of many of our lives for many years. For me it was April 1987 when we first met. I was very fond of Stan, he was there as my boss, as my friend and as my SkÃ¥lleague. He was a â€˜goodâ€™ boss; a real little whirlwind and always stood up for you. In the latter years, when Wilhelmina and I were business partners, the tables turned and he â€˜workedâ€™ for me at Cottage in the Country and still our relationship stood firm. He was always there to lend a helping hand and I will miss him. RIP Stan.