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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 28-1-2019
flowers2.jpg Farewell Graham Bell
 John Coop has been in touch about the death of Graham 'Dinger' Bell.

Sad news I’m afraid. Graham passed away on Saturday 19th January. He had been suffering from dementia for 2 to 3 years and had further complications resulting in his death.

Graham worked on Trunk Test in Dial House for several years before transferring to the Training School at Didsbury. When the school closed he went back to Dial House until his retirement.

Please circulate details for those who knew him.

Cheers John

Graham's funeral arrangements:
Friday 1st February 12:30
Manchester Crematorium,
Barlow Moor Road,
M21 7GZ
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 18-1-2019
buzby.jpg Telecommunications Heritage Conference
  Dave Holt contacted us about this event being held at Salford Universality.

As part of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival 2019, which is held in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation, we are pleased to offer this one day, free, Telecommunications Heritage Conference. Held in association with the University of Salford’s Centre for Applied Archaeology and Connected Earth and supported by the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals, this conference will explore the history of telecommunications and its impact on society and the development of industrial cities such as Manchester.

If you would like to offer a contribution to this conference, please check out the website link below. Presentation slots are 25 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Contributions are welcome on a broad range of telecommunications topics and whilst a Manchester link is especially welcomed, this is not an essential requirement.

Equally, if you would rather not deliver a presentation, we do welcome other forms of contribution which could, for example, include bringing along old photographs, ephemera or relevant artefacts for people to see.

If you are a former employee of a telecommunications company and worked within Greater Manchester, then we would be particularly interested in your recollections and memories of that time and the places where you worked.

10:00 - 16:00 Saturday 22nd June 2019,
Peel Building,
University of Salford,
M5 4WT

More Info
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 29-12-2018
cross.jpg Farewell Steve Ogden
 John Ogden contacted us about the passing of his brother Steve Ogden.

Unfortunately, after a prolonged illness, Steve Ogden passed away over the Christmas holiday.

Steve started as a TTA on EL&P in 1969, he then has spells on Exchange Construction and Maintenance, in Manchester North and South areas.
He subsequently moved to the BT training college at Stone for several years, before moving to America for 15 years with BT-Concert.
He returned to the UK a few years ago.

The family requests a private funeral, with family members only.

John Ogden
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From: David J MillsPosted: 31-12-2018
notice.jpg The Passing of Harold S. Garner.
 I have now been informed by Harold Garners daughter Karen of the details of His funeral. It will be held on Friday 11th January at 1100 in St.Georges Church Heavily SK2 6NX. Followed by a cremation at the Cypress Chapel at Stockport Cemetery Dave Mills.
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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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