In Memoriam

We regret to report the deaths of the following Veterans and extend our sympathy to the families of those mentioned.

Arthur Raymond Batsford1956
Tom Bealin-Kelly
Derek Bennett1957
Ross Cheffers1956
A Cook1951
Roger Dixon1960
Grant Findlay2014 (Friend)
Ken Fooks1965
Alexander James Gordon1942
John Harber1946
Philip Haworth1941
Jim Hogan1960
Peter Brian Keeley1958
Fred Kime1951
Kenneth Knight1956
John Frederick Mennell1946
Royston Charles Moody1950
Jim Philbrick1961
Ralph Reid1963
Neil Schoonderwoerd1984
Andrew Sharp1966
Doug Skinner1967
Viv Smith1964
William (Jack) Southam1944
Arthur Wray1944
Miss Babs Yule1941

This list was correct on 20 March 2017 and supersedes the list published on 23 January 2017

We have intentionally kept this page as simple as possible and provide minimal details of the deceased.  However, where we have biographical details of a person and/or funeral details these will be published under the Notices tab above.

At the request of some Veterans we have included Given names where these are known to us.

In Memoriam

We regret to report the deaths of the following Veterans and extend our sympathy to the families of those mentioned.

Alan R Alderson1963
William (Bill) J Blackburn1965
Billy (Bill) O Cooke1935
David A French1968
David A Hills1959
John R Mark1956
Victor (Vic) Olley1953
Robert (Bob) G Prior1968
Roy A Wellsteed1952
Miss Joan P Wigley1937

This list was correct on 23 January 2017 and supersedes the list published on 01 December 2016

We have intentionally kept this page as simple as possible and provide minimal details of the deceased.  However, where we have biographical details of a person and/or funeral details these will be published under the Notices tab above.

At the request of some Veterans we have included Given names where these are known to us.

In Memoriam

We regret to report the deaths of the following Veterans and extend our sympathy to the families of those mentioned.

Clifford Stanley Barham1956
Lester Carl Bearcroft1965
Billy (Bill) Orton Cooke1935
Malcolm Trevor Daniels1954
David A Hills1959
James (Jimmy) Anderson Leadbitter1942
Dr John R Mark1956
Mrs Audrey D Parmenter1944
Robert Reeve1949

This list was correct on 01 December 2016 and supersedes the list published on 24 October 2016

We have intentionally kept this page as simple as possible and provide minimal details of the deceased.  However, where we have biographical details of a person and/or funeral details these will be published under the Notices tab above.

At the request of some Veterans we have, starting with this post, included Given names where these are known to us.

Bill Cooke

We regret to report the death of Bill Cooke on 17 November aged 96.  Bill was Chief Engineer, Managing Director and finally Chairman of Eddystone Radio in Birmingham until retiring in 1985.

The funeral will be on 5 December at  St Thomas’s Church, Maesglas, Newport NP20 3AT  starting at 1.30 p.m. followed by the cremation at Gwent Crematorium, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, NP44 2BZ.

Bill was born in Birmingham and joined Stratton & Company in 1935 as an apprentice.  With a break for RAF service during WW2, where he worked on the new technology that would be called Radar, he remained with the company until retirement.  He was promoted to Chief Engineer in 1947.  The company was bought by The Marconi Company in 1965, Marconi being part of English Electric at the time, and Stratton & Company changed its name to Eddystone Radio.  In 1976 he was promoted  to Managing Director and in 1984 became Chairman.

 

 

Jimmy Leadbitter

jimmy_leadbitteraWe regret to report the death of Jimmy Leadbitter on 14 November.

The funeral will be at Chelmsford Crematorium on 2 December at 12.30.

Jimmy was born in 1925 in Whitburn, County Durham but moved South to work for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company (MWT) at its New Street factory early in 1942. He worked in the Marine Test department, was subsequently transferred to Marconi Marine’s installation planning department and was the Installations Manager in 1963 when the Company moved from New Street to its headquarters in the newly-built Elettra House on Westway, Chelmsford, where he remained until his retirement in 1990. That period covered the introduction of Single Sideband radio telephony and radio telex in maritime communications (Apollo, Pennant receivers; Crusader, Commander, Commandant and Conqueror transmitter equipments), several new ranges of radar equipment, the transition from valve to solid-state technology and the maritime world’s adoption of satellite technology for communications and navigation.

His department was responsible for the planning, logistics and fitting of radio rooms and radio navigational aids on ships in shipyards and ports world-wide, overseeing MIMCo technicians on long-term assignment in shipyards in the Far East and South America as well as those working from the Company’s many offices in the UK and elsewhere. Overseas agents involved in the installation of MIMCo products were supported and directed from his office. They were also deeply involved in the planning and execution of Company display stands at shipping exhibitions around the world, behind the Iron Curtain as well as in the West, including those formerly held each year at the beginning of January at the London Boat Show at Earls Court – not a good recipe for a peaceful Christmas for those involved.

He joined the MVA Committee in 1988 and was President in 1989.  He was very knowledgeable in all things to do with Marconi Marine and was almost always able to answer a query from memory.  He remained an active member of the MVA committee until earlier this year, the picture above was taken at the reunion in April 2016.

 

In Memoriam

We regret to report the deaths of the following Veterans and extend our sympathy to the families of those mentioned.

J F Bacon1940
L C Bearcroft1965
B A Bingley1962
P W Buers1944
C S Burnham1951
J P Candler1957
D S Carlile1951
E C Clark1948
D I H Clements1952
B J Everitt1948
B J Hazelton1940
A T Humphrey1956
J Kurdelski1951
M E Lewis1962
D B Manning1937
Mrs B E Maltby1946
S R Moore1955
B E R Munday1961
J C Playle1950
R R Porter1944
K R Shaughnessy1955
R W Taylor1948
G F White1954

This list was correct on 24 October 2016  and supersedes the list published on 9 March 2016

We have intentionally kept this page as simple as possible and provide no details of the deceased.  However, where we have biographical details of a person and/or funeral details these will be published under the Notices tab above.

Bernard Hazelton

We regret to announce the death of Bernard Hazelton.

Bernard was secretary of the Marconi Veterans Association from 1989 until 2005 and remained on the MVA committee until shortly before his death.

The funeral will be at Chelmsford Crematorium at 1 pm on Friday 12 August.

 

In Memoriam

We regret to report the deaths of the following Veterans and extend our sympathy to the families of those mentioned.

F C Bennett1954
W C Buckfield1951
C A Pudney1963
D R L Rowland1947

This list was correct on 9 March 2016  and supersedes the list published on 1 February 2016

We have intentionally kept this page as simple as possible and provide no details of the deceased.  However, where we have biographical details of a person and/or funeral details these will be published under the Notices tab above.

In Memoriam

We regret to report the death of the following Veteran and extend our sympathy to the family.

The date column shows the year when the person joined the Company.

H.N.C. Ellis-Robinson OBE1949

This list was correct on 1 February 2016  and supersedes the list published on 9 December 2015

Biographical details of Mr Ellis-Robinson and funeral details are published under the Notices tab above.

In Memoriam

We regret to report the deaths of the following Veterans and extend our sympathy to the families of those mentioned.

The date column shows the year when the person joined the Company.

Mrs I Atterbury1954
F W Latter1969
W P Tibbenham1953

This list was correct on 9 December 2015  and supersedes the list published on 28 September 2015

We have intentionally kept this page as simple as possible and provide no details of the deceased.  However, where we have biographical details of a person and/or funeral details these are published under the Notices tab above.