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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 14-6-2021
rose.jpg Farewell Rod Ayre
 Kevin Walker contacted us about the sad death of Rod

I have recently received an email from Louise Ayre saying that Rod passed away on Saturday following a short fight against cancer.

Rod started as an apprentice in the sale area eventually working in sale telephone exchange, he then moved onto PABX maintenance in Manchester South based in Mercury ate.When the areas were amalgamated he was based in Ashton under Lyne.


Funeral arrangements:-

Friday 25th June at 11:30am
Altrincham Crematorium
Whitehouse Lane
Dunham Massey
WA14 5RH

Due to covid restrictions only 20 people are allowed inside the Chapel. Further people will be able to pay their respects from outside, subject to social distancing and groups up to 30.
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From: Dave JeffersonPosted: 2-6-2021
notice.jpg Farewell Sam Lord
 Sam died on Monday 17 May after a short stay in hospital. He may be remembered for Manchester north area construction and later at Bury ATE. He was 90.

Dave Jefferson.

Dave has come back to us with Sam's funeral arrangements:-

Thursday June 10th 13:30pm
East Lancashire Crematorium
Cemetery Road - access from Greenbank Road
M26 4EU

Covid restrictions still apply, currently inside the chapel numbers depend on the space allowing for social distancing. Outdoors up to 30 people can meet as a group. Don't forget to bring a mask.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 12-5-2021
candles.jpg Farewell Ron Glenn
 Paul Banks contacted us with the sad news of Ron's death after receiving an email from Dave Timperley.

Paul wrote:

Absolutely staggering to hear about Ron, he always seemed so young and active. So sad but thanks for the news. I'll forward this to Mike Ku to put on the BTMRstaff website as they have a couple of pictures of Ron from the last reunion.

Regards Paul and June

Post by Sylvia, Ron's daughter:

My dad, Ron, sadly died on 23rd April after a short 10 days in hospital. He had had a spontaneous spleen rupture and then they discovered Leukaemia, which sadly rapidly progressed.

Funeral arrangements:

Ron requested that people do not wear black and celebrate his life.

Wednesday May 19th 2021

A service will be held at Blacon Crematorium at 1:20pm
Blacon Avenue

Due to restrictions only 30 can attend, but others are welcome to pay respects outside.

A Thanksgiving Service will be held at 2:00pm
All Saints Church
Hoole Road

Due to venue capacity for social distancing, please call the Church Office to reserve seats on 01244 322056 open Monday to Friday 9am-3pm

If you prefer to watch the live stream it will be available on Youtube:

And possibly on Facebook as well:
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 29-4-2021
rose.jpg Farewell Cliff Maher
 Cliff actually passed away in November 2019. It only came to light When Martin Smith bumped into Cliff's wife recently.

Mike Ku added.

Cliff used to be a TO on Rutherford Trunk Auto many years ago before getting promotion into management. I believe he went into Planning in region and retired as a Tier 2. In Rutherford he was on the old rota team. I have asked Ron Roberts if he has any pictures but he did not. He also used to work with Bernie Foy in planning and when I spoke to Bernie last week he had nothing.

It's sad when a colleague death goes unnoticed, his funeral would have pre-dated the current Covid restrictions as well.

If anyone has a photo of Cliff we can add it to the notice and our Roll of Honour. Just email it back to us or upload it on our photo page
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 15-4-2021
wreath.jpg Farewell Pete Hogan
 Harry Bannister contacted us about the sad death of his friend Pete.

My old pal, Pete Hogan sadly passed away on the 14th April from cancer. Like me, he joined the GPO, as was, in September 1963 as a Y3YC and we eventually ended up working together from the mid sixties onwards in Dial House, firstly in Pioneer and then Rampart, until Pete left the company in about 1973 to work for XCEL installing comms equipment in bookmakers and similar.

After he left, we still continued to meet up, both as a twosome to play squash or to go pubbing or clubbing, or as a foursome with our wives.

This was all brought to a halt when I was promoted and moved to Oswestry but after we both retired I got in touch and we'd meet up as a sixsome, with Al Jones and his wife or as a foursome, when Al moved to Yorkshire.

Pete's wife passed away in December, 2017 but we continued to meet up for lunch until he was diagnosed with cancer in mid 2020.

I've no idea as to the funeral arrangements but given the current covid restrictions I'm certain it will be just be family and close friends but I'll let you know the details as soon as they become available.

This is the last photo I have of the three of us from July, 2016 with from left to right: Al Jones died Dec. 2019, Pete Hogan, Harry Bannister.

Check back for the funeral details in case the current restrictions are eased.
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From: Mike NorrisPosted: 12-3-2021
flowers2.jpg Farewell Harry Prowe
 It is with Great Sadness we can report the passing of Harry Prowe.
Harry would have been 90 next week and had been in poor health for a number of years suffering from Dementia and later Covid.
Harry was a colourful character who spent most of his working life on Transmission 1st Floor Dial House.
The photo of Harry was taken just a few years ago whilst on walkabout in Sale.
Funeral to take place at Altrincham Crem Friday 26th March at 11:30.
Attendees are limited to invited family and close friends only and it has been requested there be no waiting or mingling in the grounds of the Crem.
Sad times indeed.
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From: David ElliottPosted: 11-3-2021
notice.jpg David Elliott has hit the button.
 I have escaped the rat race and joined retired.

I have worked for Bt for 39 years what a change from start to finish but a good time well most of it lol.

Now to start the next journey.

All thr best David
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 13-3-2021
buzby.jpg Karl Highcock hits the button!
 After over 41 and a half years' service I have decided to hang up my co-axial crimpers and leave the company on 31st of March 2021.
07-08-1979 to 31-03-2021

I have enjoyed every minute almost of my time here but now is the time to let my hair down and move onto pastures new.

Hopefully I've still got many years left to go out and enjoy myself and that's what I intend to do.

Got lots of decorating to do and I am planning a new bathroom and also a kitchen extension.

That's it really. Thanks for the memories stay safe and GOODBYE. It's been a wild ride!

No leaving do I'm afraid. Boris says so.

Cheers Karl.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 11-3-2021
cross.jpg Farewell Alan Tetlow
 Dave Kelly has got in tough with us regarding the sad nerws of Alan's death.

Alan passed away on Sunday 7th March 2021. He was 85.

He left BT in 1992 after spending many years on Aerial Rigging duties for the TVOB group when they were based in Trafford Park.

Funeral arrangements are not available yet. Covid-19 restrictions will apply unfortunately.
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From: Fred HarrisPosted: 2-3-2021
notice.jpg Farewell Derek Smith
 Sad to report that Derek Smith aka DASmith No5 has passed away. Derek started his BT career on Exchange Constuction in South Manchester in the 70s before moving on to Customer App & Line where he spent most of his BT life.Derek took early retirement in the 90s and moved to Cornwall in 1997 where he has lived ever since with wife Barbara and daughter Holly.
Dereks funeral will take place at Truro crematorium on Wednesday March 3rd at 4pm. Covid regulations apply.Those attending have been asked to wear walking boots in recognition of Dereks love of walking and the outdoors.Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Cancer Research UK.

Alfred has come back to us with the details of a live videocast link of the funeral for anyone who wants to remotely take part.

Wednesday 3rd March at 4:00pm
Pass 668370
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