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Please send Obituaries or brief details of deceased members including Funeral Information for insertion in this page.

Email Me wm.rees@icloud.com


A Most Expensive Time to Die:

Daily Mail "this is Money" article 25 May 2016 Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-3607313/Families-hit-50-hike-cost-funerals-cash-strapped-councils-ramp-prices.html#ixzz49gMOKrLN. . Or see Printable PDF document.

Help with Funeral costs:


Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to receive a funeral payment from the Government if you need to arrange a funeral and are struggling to meet the costs. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments  for further information and to find out if you qualify.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Information from NFOP Newsletter May 2016


Recording Information about a Persons Death  When information is available, the database will record that a Member has died. The death of a BT Pensioner, who is not a member, may also be recorded. This means that a search for a person who is recorded a deceased, will show a result as deceased, rather than no result at all. If you have been unsuccessful looking for an old friend you may wish to view the list of deceased pensioners on a protected page. Click Here


Quite Often news of the death of BT pensioner becomes available sometime after the actual Funeral. However I believe that it may still be of interest to include details here and to record the deceased person in the site database.

Please note Email Addresses recorded against deceased persons are completely fictitious in order to satisfy the database format. I have tried to ensure that these email addresses are not displayed anywhere but if this should happen you will understand why. Well! you wouldn't expect an active email address. Would You?!


Obituary Notices


Trevor Ashman: A good friend and colleague, Andrew Woodcock has announced that Trevor who worked as a TO in Chippenham Exchange has died  recently. Trevor was involved in CP work on 886's.To his family Andrew sends his deepest sympathy, he was a good mate. No further details are known.                                                                 Posted by Andrew in Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol) 6 Sept 2018


Passing of Richard (Dick) Hagan: Last Friday 6th July at hospital in Orpington following a long battle with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. If anyone wants to attend the funeral, they are welcome to although it would be handy if they first got in touch with his son Stefan. The funeral will be on 25th July at 3:15pm at Kemnal Park Crematorium in Orpington. See Full Obituary Notice. Posted by Dick's son Stephan. stefan.hagan@yahoo.co.uk


Jerry West, Posted on Facebook Al Moore records of the sad passing of Jerry West TOA and comments, "always in a cloud of steam, jolly face, roaring laugh and never suffered fools, I understand the funeral will be held on Monday14th of may at 12.30 Shepton Mallet crematorium and with wake will be at the Bell Leigh on Mendip afterwards. RIP to another lost legend and wonderful character." Posted 8th May 18


Arthur Smart For anyone who worked with Arthur in the Peterborough / Wisbech area, his funeral will be held on Wednesday 17th January at 10:30 am at Fenland Crematorium, Knights End Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0YJ.                                                      Posted 5 January 2018


John Lawrence: a former installation senior technician /instructor engineer from London South zone.

It is with regret that I inform you of the death of John a former colleague he worked in Purley, Coulsdon and Wallington offices in south London formost of his career.
    I've heard from John's widow, Jean, regarding his funeral details.It will be on: - Friday 29th December at 13:00 at Surrey & Sussex
crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley, West Sussex. RH10 3NQ You are also welcome afterward at the "Old House Inn' Effingham Road,
Copthorne. RH10 3JB
    Jean has asked that those who will be attending to drop her an e-mail so she
can judge numbers for the catering etc. Her details are: -E-mail address: - jeanette.lawrence@btinternet.com <mailto:jeanette.lawrence@btinternet.com>

Posted by Barry Brennan 26 DEcember 2017

Facebook Group :Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol,) records that the following old colleagues have passed away.

Steve Baker:      A Top Lineman & SFIO. 22 Sept 17

Brian Bengy:      Bath Fitter  May 17

Ivor Andow:      Swindon ATE - AN Jumpering October 17

Phil Brooks:      October 17

Fred Simpson:   October 17


Facebook informs me that the following old colleagues have passed away recently,

Ernie Leach: Bristol RSC June/July 2016

Peter Stuart: March 2016

Stan Higginson: August 2016

Ray Wyatt: July 2016  RIP Old Friends. These were Posted on Facebook Group Past & Present BT Employees


Ian MacLeod: Sad to report the death of Ian, a member of FB group, London Centre Area / West End District. No details of arrangements yet but if people are interested I will pass them on when I know                       Posted by John Earley on FB London Centre Area / West End District.


Terry Richardson: Sadly I have to record the death of Terry Richardson on 7 May 2016 aged 76, the funeral took place on 20 May 2016. Terry, a keen angler, joined the GPO in 1961 and retired in 1994. Latterly he worked at Skyport House Cranford West London on installation and was particularly involved with the Heathrow Terminal 4 Installation. Greatly missed by his wife Joanne

Informant Terry's wife Joanne Richardson


Tim Johnson: Ex Sheffield fitter died this afternoon 15 May 2016in Ashgate hospice Chesterfield aged 60 .R.I.P dear old colleaugue

Informant: Stuart Roper's Facebook Notice


Robert Brown: Unfortunately I have to report the death of my father Robert Brown of 6 Devon Way Stafford who passed away on 9 April and funeral was on 29 April he started as a Post Office engineer and then a BT engineer in Stafford.

Informant: Andy,son of deceased on 1st may 2016


Maurice Moore:  I am sad to report that Maurice passed away last Sunday 28 February, in the BRI Bristol his funeral will be at Bristol South Crematorium on Thursday 17th March at 3pm.  Maurice worked as a heating engineer at the Regional Repair Depot Bristol for many years.                                                                                                      Informant: David Rees of Facebook group Bristol Past & Present


Bob Close: who worked for BT up to the early 90's passed away on the 16/11/15 after a long battle with Parkinson's. Bob worked on the RATES support team and also in a managerial role. His Funeral is on Monday 30th November 2015 at 11:30 in St Francis RC Church Ash Hayes Road Nailsea BS48 2LP No flowers please but wear bright colours. Posted by Mike Osborne on Facebook Group Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol) 27 November 2015


John Goldfinch: The sad news that John had passed way was reported 29 Oct 2015, on Facebook group 'GPO Telephones' by David Walton who says he was an absolute gentleman and wealth of information regarding telephony and electronics. Rest in Peace old friend

Roger Smart: Sorry to learn that Roger, engineer ex Bristol "A" and "H" passed away on Tuesday 1st of September, his funeral is being held at Canford on Tuesday 15th at 1100hrs no other information. R.I.P Roger. 
Posted by Brian Poole‎ on Facebook Group Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol) 4 September at 18:53 ·


Michael George Riley: I am sad to report that Michael, a Telegraph Engineer passed way on 26 February 2015 aged 65, in Islington London, from  a heart related problem. The funeral took place on 9 March. Michael worked in a number of London locations including Fleet Building Farringdon Rd; Vauxhall; Columbo House Southwark and latterly Angel Building by Angel Underground. We offer our sincere condolences to Pamela, his partner for 43 years. Informant: Pamela Downer Partner, on 13 August 2015


John Hill: Sad news that John died 30 June 2015 after a long fight against Motor Neurone Disease. He was admitted to Southmead on Monday with a chest infection and sadly slipped away at 20.08  in Southmead. John was one of the best I have known in my time on BT he will be sorely missed. .John's funeral will be at Canford on Monday 20th July at 15.30 

Posted by Steve Williiams on Facebook Group BT Past & Present  Bristol 1 July 2015

Chris Maine: I am sad to report that Chris Maine passed away on 6th June after a short illness the service will be held on 23rd June 3.00pm at Bristol South Crematorium.

                                               Posted by David Reece on Facebook Group BT Past & Present  Bristol 16 June 2015


Alan Yandell: Have just received some bad news - Alan Yandell has passed away this morning after losing his fight with Cancer.
I have no more details but will post when I have news of the Funeral. "Alan, a true gentleman"

Latest Information from Alan's friend Peter Haugh to Bob Jones. Funeral 23rd June 1 pm Westerleigh Crematorium.

Posted by Bob Jones on Facebook Group BT Past & Present (Bristol) 5 June 1


Harry Willis: It is with great sadness to report that Harry (a senior tech engineer) who originated from South Shields in the North East of England in the 1960s has passed away on his 76th birthday on Monday 25th May 2015. Harry worked in north Bristol and lived in Yate before moving to Weston-Super-Mare where he had been retired since the early-1990s. His funeral will take place at Weston Crematorium on Friday 5th June 2015 at 11:15. Any donations can be made to Weston Hospice and will be greatly received as this is where Harry spent his final days. Any flowers can be ordered for Mark Mason Funeral Directors in Drove Road, Weston-Super-Mare.

Posted By Helen Smart‎ on Facebook Group Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol) 2 June 15


Jeff Roffey: passed away last Sunday week - he founded BTARFC literally single handed - still going after 54 years!The funeral is on 29th May at Gorleston Crematorium 2.40pm (near Beccles, Norfolk) which is where he lived.   

Informant: David Rees of Facebook Group: Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol) 19 May 15


Vic Corner:  (BT Birmingham Area) Sadly, I have learned, from my Facebook Page, of the unexpected death of Vic Corner, sometime around 27 April.  Vic began his career with the PO Eng Dept. in about 1961 and was I believe mainly engaged in Telex Exchange Maintenance. Vic was also a former pupil of Moseley Grammar School and has been an active member of  the Moseleians Association. Funeral service will take place at 11:45am on the 12 May at - Saint Bartholomew's Church, Church Lane, Tardebigge, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 3AH                                                                                  Posted 2nd May 2015


Polly Perkins: (BT London Centre Area / West End District) It is with deep regret that I have to announce that Polly Perkins, the long time Subs Apps TOA, passed away yesterday aged 91. He will be sadly missed, Funeral arrangements:  .A Church service will be held at Holy Redeemer church, Days Lane, Sidcup at 10:30am on Monday the 16 March. Pols Family will be going from there to Falconwood crematorium, when his wife died they did the same and the crematorium service was for family only, we have to assume that will be the same again, so perhaps after the church service we could go for a beer at Ye Old Black Horse Pub Halfway Street which is on the way back to Sidcup Station. A group of Subs Apps will be meeting at 10 at Sidcup Station, please feel free to join us.

Lobs Lexpo Facebook Group 12 Feb 2015 amended 12 March


Robert Cotton Died suddenly at home on 7th January aged 90 years. Dearly loved husband of Jean, wonderful father of Sally and the late Belinda, good friend to son in-law Andy and a much adored grandad of James, William and Sophie. Funeral service was held at Gornal Wood Crematorium on Monday 2nd February at 2.10pm, followed by a thanksgiving service to celebrate Bob's life at Kingswinford Methodist Church

                                                                Informant Bob Sleigh BT Past & Present Facebook Group 20 Jan 2015, Also Halesowen News


 Brian Edwin Binding Passed away on the 1st January 2015 aged 78 years. Funeral service was held at South Bristol Crematorium on Monday 26th January at 2.00 pm. Flowers or donations in memory of Brian are welcome to MFPA (Mouth and Foot Painting Artists) and can be sent c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 24 High Street, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1DQ or donations accepted on the day. 

Informant Peter Yeates BT past & Present Bristol Facebook Group


Howard Altoft  (Midland Region/Birmingham Area) Sadly, I have been informed that Howard died on the 1st December and the funeral is on Monday 22nd December, at 2.30 pm at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium.  Please note Corrected date of funeral  22nd of December NOT 21st                                                                                                 Informant: John Young  and Posted 7 December 2014


Bill Upton who was a member of BT Sheffield Facebook Group passed away last week and the details of his funeral which took place on Fri, 21st November @ 12,30.St John the Baptist Church., Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8QR                                                                             Informant Richard Newall of BT Sheffield Facebook Group 11 Nov 14


John Walshaw  I have been informed by  John's son Tim, that his father John Walshaw died on 19th December 2013 and the funeral took place on 10th January. John was a Sales Sup't in the Birmingham area before taking up a Senior Sales Sup't post as a Datel Marketing Officer (DMO) in Midland Region. He served in this role for about 10 years until he became a Phonepower Consultant and founder  member of the newly formed Phonepower organisation. He was trained for this role in Canada and went on to recruit and train a number of Phonepower Consultants. I joined John's team as an Assistant DMO in the early 1970's and spent many happy years in that role with John as my boss. With his fatherly approach he was a great person to have as a boss and he was also a good friend. I had great respect for John and I am saddened to learn of his passing. Regrettably I didn't hear of his death until after his funeral took place. I am sure that there will be many who will be sad to learn of his death.                                          Posted by Bill Rees 19 January 2014

John William (Jack)Daniels - aged 87 - died on 9th February 2013 at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire,Stoke on Trent after a short illness.

A telephonist for Post Office Telecommunications in 1952 at  Stoke exchange in Marsh Street , Hanley. Where he met his future wife Doreen there (nee Walker) who was a fellow telephonist and they married in 1959.

They  had 2 sons Philip and Michael. Jack was promoted to Supervisor and he completed 33 years service for the Post Office / British Telecom and retired in 1985. Doreen sadly passed away in 1983.

He was a competitive Crown Green Bowler for over 70 years - still playing competetively up until the end of the 2012 season. and he was passionate about his football and in his early years watched both local sides -Stoke and Port vale and was a Stoke season ticket holder. In later years.he loved dancing and continued this with a friend / partner for the last 20 years. Jack was a modest and quiet man and received a disability war pension from his time in the army during the second world war where he was seriously injured during his final battle training exercise by a phospor grenade. In 1948 he rescued a young girl from the local canal and was awarded a life saving medal and certificate from the Liverpool shipwreck and humane society. Jack will be sadly missed by all his family and many friends.

Funeral details:  Thursday 21st February at St Margarets at 12.30 pm. Church, High Street ,  Wolstanton, Newcastle, Staffs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Posted by Michael Daniels (son)



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