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From: Nigel MilnePosted: 19-10-2020
candles.jpg Farewell Dave Turton
  Dave’s wife Ivy and daughter Amanda sent me the very sad news that he passed away suddenly last Monday the 12th October.

He left BT in the mid 1990’s on release; then worked part time at B&Q Bury where I know he enjoyed bumping into former colleagues for a chat.

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Dave on various occasions in the 1980 90’s when he worked in the ADCO & Datel Planning offices moving latterly to Customer Network Operations Project Management all based in Telephone House Manchester. Previously he had worked on external works groups around the Greater Manchester telephone area.

He was a true gentleman extremely knowledgeable and always great company.

The funeral is arranged for Monday the 26th October at Radcliffe Crematorium; due to current restrictions it will be strictly family only in attendance.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 18-10-2020
flowers2.jpg Farewell Dave Edwards
  Jeff Horsfall has been in touch with the sad news of Dave's death.


I received a telephone call from Dave Armstrong to inform that Dave Edwards from Macclesfield sadly passed away on Friday 16th October 2020 shortly after his 70th birthday. He was in Macclesfild hospital suffering from sepsis.

Before retiring Dave was a Customer Service engineer working for Openreach in the Macclesfield area. He also used to cover the PABX customers around Macclesfield Congleton and surrounding areas. His wife Geraldine died some years ago but he leaves two daughters and grandchildren who are sure to miss him. RIP Dave.

No details of funeral as yet but probably family members only due to ongong Covid restrictions.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 8-10-2020
wreath.jpg Farewell Ralph Brownell
 John Coop contacted us with the sad news of Ralph's death.

Sad news I'm afraid.

Ralph died last week after suffering with a twisted bowel problem.

He worked on Trunk Test in Dial House in the 1960-s and was promoted to lev1 on External Planning.

No funeral information but with the current situation I would imagine it is family and close friends only.

Cheers for now

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From: Chris BatesPosted: 29-9-2020
candles.jpg Farewell Frank Rowbotham
  It is with great sadness I have to announce the death of my good friend Frank. His wife Jean informed me that he passed away peacefully on 19 th September. It was due to complications following a heart attack.
Frank started out on maintenance at Trafford exchange then followed many years on Telex . Both at York Street and Dial House. When that closed he ended up having to work for a living on a Broadband Provision.

Frank's funeral will be next week at Agecroft. Due to Government restrictions though it is unlikely that any of his friends and colleagues will be allowed to attend.
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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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