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No: 331 From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 27-6-2020
flowers2.jpg Remembering Bill Howard
 Sue Raisbeck has been in touch about the passing of her father Bill.

Sadly my father Bill Howard has passed away.

Bill worked in Central area GPO BT after starting as an apprentice in the 1950's.

A larger than life character known by many for his great sense of humour. He is probably best remembered working on large customer switch maintenance as well as being on permanent call out.

Bill passed away peacefully on the 24th June in Willow Wood Hospice shortly before his 80th birthday.

Sue will be sending a photo which I will add when it arrives.
At this stage we have no funeral details. If there is a possibility of attending the funeral I will also post the information as it becomes available.
1 From: Peter Odenrode Posted: 28-06-2020
I spent a memorable couple of weeks under Bill's wing during the 3rd year of my apprenticeship 1972 getting to grips with the world of PABX maintenance - mainly visiting the former ICL building in West Gorton. One of the most enjoyable periods I spent as a trainee; learnt a lot with umpteen laugh-out-loud moments along the way. RIP sir.
2 From: Peter Wright Posted: 30-06-2020
Same here but in my first year of TTA apprenticeship probably in 1972 like you I was telling my wife yesterday about ICL and Green halls brewery I think it was on Greengate I also must have called him out numerous times to the police from Private Wires control especially to Chester House as well as Bert Rudd what a character Bill was RIP from me too a legend an enigma. I heard he bought a canal boat after retirement
3 From: John Green Posted: 07-07-2020
He did buy a narrow boat and called it 'Sovereign'after the voluntary redundancy scheme at that time.Had a look around it one day at the Tameside canal beer festival and shared a beer with him.
Had many good times working with him through the night at MRI and GUS.
Sadly the last time I saw him was at Moon Under Water 2017.
A great guy...
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