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From: David J MillsPosted: 17-12-2018
notice.jpg The Passing of Harold S. Garner.
 It is with sadness that I have to inform you all of the death of Harold in Abney Court Care Home after a short illness on 16/12/2018 Harold who joined the GPO as a Y2Yc, He worked in the Auto exchange field being on the area pool before running Woodley Telephone exchange for some years. Eventually he moved to the Transmission side where he worked at Manchester G before being promoted. He eventually went on to work at the RNCC before retiring from there.I will post details of his funeral when they are known.David J Mills.
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From: Ken MonaghanPosted: 19-12-2018
cross.jpg Farewell Howard Nixon
  I now have the details of Howie's Funeral.

It is on Monday the 7th January at 1:00 pm at Blackley Crematorium (Address below) and the wake at Fairfield golf club.

Blackley Crematorium
Victoria Avenue
M9 8JP

Any donations will go to The British Heart Foundation.

RIP Howie.

I'm really sorry to have to tell you this sad news but Howard Nixon died last night (05//12//2018)
Howard worked in many places including Blackfriars & Collyhurst Exchs, and then on various jobs in Dial House.

Don't know too many details other than he had a Heart Attack at Salford Quays Station after the Utd v Arsenal game last night.

I will let you know any news as I get it.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 11-12-2018
cross.jpg Farewell Albert Sanders
  John Fradley contacted us with this sad news.

It is with great sadness that I pass on this news.

Albert Sanders peacefully passed away in his sleep on Friday night 30th Nov.

Albert worked for many years in Guardian and Rutherford.

Albert's Funeral arrangements:

Tuesday 11th December at 1:30pm (updated time)

Altrincham Crematorium
Whitehouse Lane
Dunham Massey
WA14 5RH
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 21-12-2018
flowers2.jpg Farewell Ted Ings
 Laurence Capewell wrote:

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Ted Ings who was a Level 1 'AEE', will be known to many in the North West for his Regional Involvement in Electronic Exchanges, has died in Hospital after a very short illness on the 30 November 2018.

Laurence Capewell.

Ted's funeral arrangements:-

4th January 2019 at 1.45pm
Stockport Crematorium
Buxton Road

No flowers but any donations to
St Ann's Hospice
Heald Green
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From: Bill HayesPosted: 6-12-2018
notice.jpg Farewell Neil Rothnie
 I am sad to report the death of Neil Rothnie, he died in Oldham Royal hospital on Friday 30th Nov from pneumonia, he was also battling leukaemia.

Funeral arrangements,

Dec 13th @ 11:30
East Lancs Crematorium ( Radcliffe )
Cemetery Rd
M26 4EU
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 27-10-2018
mike.jpg John Ley calls it a day
 But no mention of a leaving doo!

John wrote

After over 39 years, today is my last day with BT / Openreach.

As some of you may be aware I’ve struggled with my back / mobility
over the last 12 months, therefore I’ve decided to call it a day &
enjoy my retirement.


Enjoy myself

Try something new

Invite friends for food / beer

Read a new book

Expand my horizons – Australia

Make plans to travel

Embrace my freedom

Nap often

Take time for myself.

I started with Post Office Telecommunications, progressed through
British Telecom and leave via Openreach Limited.

Despite initial concerns about working longer hours than my previous
job, I soon realised that I had made one of the better decisions of my life. After signing the ‘Duty of the Post Office Personal Declaration’ at Highland House, I reported to Swinton Exchange to be greeted with tea and toast. From there I moved Walkden Exchange where I worked for 10 years, a great period of my working life where I learnt to repair anything mechanical / electrical – including Strowger switches - whilst listening to Geoff S and John A. recite Monty Python sketches.

In 1989 I moved in Dial House working for Steve Lee on System X
Maintenance and 1991 was the given the ‘opportunity’ - despite being
the 2nd youngest Technical Officer on Team – of managing the Team I
was from. A great bunch of interesting / challenging characters like
Geoff Sale, Ron Mitchell. Harvey Derbyshire, Brian Williams, Mike
Newbury & Eddie Smith. From there I progressed through the following

1996 - 1997 Field, Church Street, Manchester

1997 - 2000 Core Network Field Manager. Warrington

2000 - 2002 Network Power Manager. Dial House Manchester

2002 – 2007 Network Operations Manager - Switch and Telex Services Dial House Manchester

2007 – 2009 Field Engineering Manager – Manchester

2009 - 2015 Transition Manager NW / NE England

2015 - Present Openreach DCoE Manager,Lancaster House, Liverpool and Ashton.

The stories to tell and people I have worked with are too numerous to bore you all with in my final email , so I would just like to thank you all for the friendship, help and support you have given me during my career – it’s been a blast.

My final thanks goes to BT for helping to fund my season tickets at
United, who I have watched for 50 years this year.


John Ley
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From: Mike KuPosted: 20-10-2018
wreath.jpg Farewell Ron Scanes
 Ron passed away peacefully on Saturday 13th October 2018 at home, following a short illness. He was aged 90.

Ron started his career in the Stalybridge and Ashton area and then took up transmission duties into Dial House on Works Orders on the 1st Floor. He ended his BT days as the North Area ASCO.

His funeral will be at Stockport Crematorium at 2:30 on Thursday 1st November.

A celebration of his life will follow at the Governor's House, 43 Ravenoak Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport SK8 7EQ, to which Louie, his widow, welcomes you all.

If you could let me know how many will be attending the reception afterwards it would be helpful for catering. Please email
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From: Alan FarrellPosted: 20-8-2018
The funeral arrangements are as follows
12.00 Hrs Friday 31 August
St Mary's Church
M28 2UJ
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From: Richard PoolePosted: 13-8-2018
notice.jpg Farewell Ted McGee
 I have had information from Barry Durbar that Ted McGee has sadly passed away.
He died in Hospital from pneumonia on the 1st of August.
Ted was 86 and spent his later years in BT on exchange mtce. at Wilmslow.
His funeral will be at Macclesfield crematorium on Friday 24th August at 10.40. There will be a drink at the Coach and Four in Wilmslow
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 31-7-2018
cross.jpg Farewell Mike Flynn (The Glossop one)
 Harold Garner advised that Mike Flynn passed away on 20th July shortly after having a hip replacement from which he did not fully recover.

Mike's funeral arrangments:

Thursday 2nd August at 1:15pm
Mottram Church
Warhill, Via Church Brow,
SK14 6JL

This will be followed by a cremation which will be a private ceremony.

Later, Vera, Mike's wife, hopes everybody will attend:

The Windy Harbour
Woodhead Rd,
SK13 7QE.

For some refreshments and to celebrate Mike's life.
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