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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 22-5-2019
cross.jpg Farewell Sam Corbett
 Ron Dawson contacted us with the sad news of Sam's death

Sadly I have to report the death on 16th May of Sam Corbett.

He was 79 years old. Sam spent most of his career as a Jointer and a Survey Officer.

He died while playing in a bowling match, which along with fishing was one of his passions.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends.

Sam's funeral arrangements:

Thursday 30th. May at 1:00pm.
Agecroft Crematorium
Langley Road
M27 8SS
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 9-5-2019
buzby.jpg John Miller's out of here!
  John is calling it a day.
Here is the email he circulated - short and to the point.

Hi everyone, I am going for the shortest ever leaving email. Here goes

In 22 Days
Planning a do at the Egerton arms on 7 june 16:30 onwards


PS. Please could you email me with an idea of wheather you would be able to come so I know how many pies to order!

John Miller

Just to pad out the details a little:-

Friday 7th June 4:30pm
Egerton Arms
2 Gore Street,
M3 5FP

If you can't email John directly please email me: and I will pass on any messages.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 10-5-2019
flowers2.jpg Farewell Vinny Collins
  Stuart Cameron has contacted us with the sad news of Vinny's death.

Stuart's short note:

I have just heard Vinny has passed away this evening

(7th May)

Vinny worked on exchange construction in and out of Dial House for most of his career. A larger than life character he was a joy to work with and be around. A great raconteur. He will be sadly missed.

Funeral arrangements:-

Thursday May 23rd at 1:30pm
Altrincham Crematorium
Whitehouse Lane
Dunham Massey
WA14 5RH

Bowden Rugby club
Clay Lane
WA15 7AF
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 3-4-2019
2pints.jpg Dave Crowley says thank you to all!
 Just a brief note to say a massive thank you to all those people who came to my retirement Do in March.

I was totally overwhelmed by the turnout as it wasn't the easiest place to get to. We've had a tough time on the homefront recently, so please forgive me for all the drunken 'man hugs' I was dishing out!!

Numerous people who couldn't attend also took the time to send me a good luck message which I really really appreciated. Honestly, I've been extremely humbled with it all.

Again, it just emphasises that although the company has changed, we've all been lucky to meet and work with some really great people. Please forgive my waffling.Once again THANK YOU TO ALL.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 27-3-2019
flowers2.jpg Farewell Ron Bates
  Mike Ku informed us of Ron's death.

Ron was a Manager at Ashton involved in pole erection and recovery.

Funeral arrangements:-

Thursday 4th April 11:15am
Service at Middleton Parish Church
New Ln
M24 6DJ

Followed by committal at Blackley Crematorium.
Victoria Avenue
M9 8JP
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From: Raymond DarkePosted: 23-2-2019
notice.jpg River Street T.E.C
  The old River Street T.E.C. 1987
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From: Beverley WilsonPosted: 22-2-2019
notice2.jpg Ken Knott
 I've just joined this group. Worked for BT from 1984 to 2002.

Many will remember my Dad, Ken Knott. Lots will know he passed away in March 2013 following a battle with cancer. The number of of people who attended his funeral, particularly BT colleagues was amazing and showed us how well respected he was and it was a consolation to us seeing all of you there. A huge thank you to all of you that gave him the send off he deserved. My brother and nephew both work for BT
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From: Noel Michael GarlickPosted: 19-2-2019
notice.jpg Farewell Mike Carr
 We were informed by Mikes family on the 15th of Feb of his passing .Mike worked at GPO//BT from the 60's until his early retirement in 91. Most of Mikes working life was in accounts at Telephone House & Church St M//C.
Mike loved his cricket & played regularly for the works teams.
After his retirement he moved back to his home town of Withernsea where he was a regular 'bones' player.
His funeral will be on Wed 06 march 2019 at 13.30 at St Mathews church Withernsea North Humberside .
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 19-2-2019
flowers2.jpg Farewell Steve Payne
 Ron Dawson contacted us with this sad news.

Sadly I have to inform people that “Big Steve Payne” passed away in hospital on Sunday evening, 10th of Feb. after a short illness.

He was 67 years old. Steve spent most of his career in Dalton trunk exchange before moving on to trunk test, TVNSC, and finally the outside broadcast group.

He was a very sociable, larger than life character who loved his football, representing MANCASS and playing for his home town team, Atherton Coll’s.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends.

Streve's funeral details:

Friday 1st March at 3:15pm
Howe Bridge Crematorium (off Atherleigh Way, then Lovers Ln)
M46 0PZ

Then afterwards:
Gin Pit Club
Meanley Rd
M29 7DW
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 11-2-2019
2pints.jpg Dave Crowley is tunnelling out.....
  After taking inspiration from Charles Bronsons’ great tunnelling skills in the classic war film 'The Great Escape', I feel that after almost 40 years of tunnelling, I am clear enough beyond the barbed wire BT fence to tunnel to the surface, glance over my shoulder at those who remain, avoid the searchlights , and Bloody leg it into early retirement!!

I’m 56 in the summer and thinking I’ll hopefully be able to do more of my active hobbies in my late fifties than in my 60’s ,so I’m off. There's too many roads to cycle, trails and mountains to hike, waterways to kayak, countries to still visit, the 'to do list' keeps growing . I can't see myself watching 'Jeremy Kyle finds some cash in the attic and buys a home that's been hiding under a hammer', whatever the hell that's about. If I do have any spare time in the winter, I'd like to do some voluntary work as well.

I’ve met, worked and drank with some great people over the last 40 years. The old days of working with colleagues as a team every day were really great times, but as we all know, the business has changed a lot and is mainly individual working now and the days of being part of a big staff of workmates day in//day out are long gone. Shame really. I’ve been lucky though, that I’ve never had to work in an office at all in my time and always refused any acting duties etc. Jeez, the thought of managing people + stats + charts. Don’t go there.

There doesn’t seem to be many leaving Do’s now either, but I’m having a Do at the Dog+Partridge, Great Moor, Stockport SK2 7AN on Friday 15 March. Its 2 minutes walk from Woodsmoor train station and on the main 192 bus route from Manchester, so access is pretty good to sink a few. (and a few more.....) hic! I’ll be putting a buffet on as well, so if you could e mail - bell me - txt me on or 07885417013 if you can make it,that’d be great as I’d hate to cater for 3 people, then if 4 showed up it could be embarrassing.

I’ll be in there about 4ish, with the butties on about 7ish. I've met loads of people around the north west since 1979, so it would be great to sink some ale with anyone who can make it and talk utter nonsense as i have been doing for years.

Adios and hope to bump into people around the area before I leg it on Feb 28th..... Or on the 15 March in the Dog!!!!!!!


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