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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 3-9-2020
candles.jpg Farewell Ron Furness
 James Glynn Fletcher has sent us this short notice. Hope to get more info as time goes on.

Just heard Ron Furness died yesterday. He was TOA in Gatley ATE in from 1971 onwards. A lovely bloke.
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From: Stephen CorlessPosted: 27-8-2020
notice.jpg Rod Lomas
  I had to call on a neighbour of Rod's yesterday and saw his house up for sale. Was shocked to hear that Rod and his wife Wendy had both died on the same day a few months ago. Rod worked on telegraph's for many years in fact I was his youthie in 1965. Rod was a jazz enthusiast and lived in Denton!

Steve Dunn replied to our News email as follows:

Cannot think why I did not relay the information about the passing of Rod and Wendy Lomas to the BTMRStaff web site at the time but this is the message that I sent out to the former Telex guys I am still in contact with:-


I have just received some very sad news via a telephone call from John Clegg. It is with very great sadness that I must report to you the deaths of both Rodney and Wendy Lomas who both passed away within ten minutes of each other at about 11 pm yesterday night Friday 14th June. As best as I understand it Rodney had been admitted to hospital with a suspected hip injury after a fall and Wendy I assume died at home. The synchronicity of their passing is extremely thought provoking I will relay further information as it becomes available to me. At the moment it is uncertain what if any funeral arrangements there may be as John told me he believes they may both have donated their bodies to medical science.

With Great Sadness Rodney and Wendy R.I.P.

Rod and Wendy having actually died in 2019 and both having donated their bodies for medical research were able to have a joint funeral after their remains were returned just before the advent of lockdown earlier this year. The funeral was well attended by family friends and a large contingent of former Telex and BT colleagues.

I took over as TOA of the Telex field maintenance when Rod retired from BT in the early 1990's. He was far and away the best bloke I ever worked with during my 34 years with BT. Rod was so revered by the guys who worked with him that for many years and up until just before he died we would regularly get together and take him out for a drink. Rod was well known for his union work for the Manchester central internal branch of the POEU. Rod and Wendy are sadly missed by their many friends and relatives.

Steve Dunn.
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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.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 9-7-2020
wreath.jpg Farewell Les Turner
 Jim Heathcote has been in touch with the sad news of Les's death.

this is just let anyone who knew him that Les Turner who was on exchange construction in the 70's 80's and part of the 90's before he took the money has passed away.

He has been poorly for a while and was diagnosed with cancer 2 weeks ago and passed away on Saturday evening.

Jim has got back to us with the funeral details:-

Tuesday 14th July at 2:30pm
Stockport Crematorium
Buxton Road

Due to social distancing restrictions only family members will be allowed in the chapel but the family say that friends and colleagues are welcome to attend service outside the chapel to pay their respects.

The family have also requested no flowers if you wish please make a donation in Les's name to the Nightingale Macmillan unit at Derby Royal Hospital.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 15-6-2020
flowers2.jpg Farewell Dave Smith DAS
 Jeff Horsfall has been in touch with the sad news of Dave's death.

Jeff wrote

Received the following from Dave Armstrong;

Dave Smith affectionately known as DAS sadly passed away on Saturday 13th June at his home in Wales. I understand he had been battling with cancer for some time.

Dave was probably best known as TOA at Macclesfield RSC in the 1970s and 80s. RIP Dave and sincere condolences to his family.

I have no details of funeral or family contacts sorry.

Due to the current restrictions on gatherings it is unlikely that friends and colleagues will be able to attend the funeral.

If any further information becomes available we will add it to the notice.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 11-6-2020
cross.jpg Farewell Graham Allen
 Allan Brown has sent us the sad news or the death of Graham.

Graham Allen passed away this morning. He had recently been receiving treatment at Christies. He was on exchange construction with Howard Timms we believe and later got promoted onto Exchange Contracts in the NW region.

Howard Timms passed us this:

Graham Big G joined as an apprentice in 195x. He later became a TO on Exchange Construction in Manchester and late 1960's onwards was Clerk of Works at the new Turret TkND exchange in Salford and later at Central TXE4.
He also spent some time on exchange planning. He was promoted to Level 1 on exchange contract planning in the North West Regional Office in the mid 1980's and worked there until his retirement in 199x. planning for the replacement digital exchanges across the North West.
I shall always remember him because he was meticulous for detail
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 3-6-2020
flowers2.jpg Farewell John Essex
 Harvey Derbyshire has been in touch with the sad news of John's death.

Sorry to have to let you know that I have been told John died last Monday of cancer. It is a double tragedy as it is only about 3 weeks ago his wife Kath died of the same disease.

Funeral is Wed 3 June 1:00pm for Kath and 1:40pm for John and is to be screened live via the web site for Kavanagh and Coates of Heywood.

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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 2-6-2020
wreath.jpg Farewell John Williams
  Laurence Capewell got in touch with us about the death of John. Unfortunately John passed away in December but the news has only come to light now.

Pete Watson has let us know about Johns work at BT

John came from Liverpool to take a level one post. Over the years he worked in the North and Central areas in various guises rising to level three in Dial House.

He was a pleasant and respected boss always a gent. He took early retirement and joined the NE21 retirement group meeting monthly for the next 28 years.

Unfortunately latterly he suffered with health problems resulting in his passing with severe breathing problems in December 2019.
He had been unable to communicate in the last couple of months and as a result we only found out in late May.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 16-5-2020
wreath.jpg Farewell Edith White
 Lynne contacted us with the sad news of Ediths death.

I am just letting you know that Edith White who used to be an evening telephonist in Cathedral Exchange passed away peacefully on Sunday evening. She will be greatly missed by all of her family. The funeral is on the 28th May in Lytham but will be attended by immediate family only due to the coronavirus issue.

Kind regards

Lynne Pringle-Adley
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 15-5-2020
cross.jpg Farewell Mike Kelly
  Ged Morris has been in touch with the sad news of Mikes death.

I have just been contacted by Steven Wilson who is a relative of Mike Kelly a Mancass member. He has asked me to pass on news of Mike’s death to former colleagues.

He died from poor health On the 14th April with heart conditions and not CV19.

The funeral wii be at Dukinfield Crematorium next week.

Mike worked on Private Wires at customer premises for many years. When Openreach was formed he continued to work at customer sites on installations until his retirement.

Due to the current restrictions at funerals it will be family in attendance only.
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