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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 7-1-2022
wreath.jpg Farewell Alan Warford
 David Steel has been in touch with the sad news of Alan's death.

Sad to report that Alan Warford, Transmission and NOU passed away today 3-1-2022 after contracting Covid.

Alan was also a keen rambler and birdwatcher.

There might be quite a lot of attendees at the funeral as he was such a well liked man.

Funeral Details:-

Monday 24 January at 13:30pm
Radcliffe Crematorium
Cemetery Road - access via Greenbank Road
M26 4EU

The venue for the wake has not been finalised. Please check back here for further details we will update the notice if it becomes available.

No flowers please, charity donations accepted instead.
Attendees please take a Lateral Flow test if possible.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 19-12-2021
candles.jpg Remembering Brian Greenwood
 You may recall that Brian died as the result of a tragic accident back in October 2019. He was struck by a car while crossing the road.

The original article published in the Manchester Evening News can be seen here:

Dave Timperley has been back in touch with an update. The Court case on his death has only just been held in Chester.

The driver Paul Jorgensen was found guilty of causing death by driving without due care and attention after a four day trial which concluded on 11th November. He was sentenced on the 3rd December to 36 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months and was disqualified from driving for 12 months and also ordered to to take 20 rehabilitation activities including one to improve his driving skills.

Brian was crossing London Road North when he was hit by the car travelling at 30 mph. He had already crossed over one lane and had nearly reached the opposite pavement. Jorgensen claimed he had appeared out of nowhere, but the police proved that he was not concentrating on the road ahead.

You can see the full article published by the Evening News here:
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 5-12-2021
2pints.jpg Shamaholics Xmas Bash
 The Shamahoilcs meet every first Thursday of the month at Shambles Square Sinclair's Oyster Bar throughout the year. The Xmas Bash will be at:

The Waterhouse
67–71 Princess Street
Manchester, M2 4EG

Wednesday 15 December from 12:00 onwards.

Everyone welcome! Get there early if you want a seat. Usually well attended with lots of people there. Last year's was cancelled so it's been two years since since the last one.

Get yourself there for a few flagons of mead and loads of Christmas cheer!
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 22-11-2021
question.jpg Typist who worked at Mancunian House, Manchester
 Peter McEvoy asks:

Hi everyone
I've just listened to a Radio Manchester broadcast with Andy Burnham at which a caller called Peter rang in. He introduced himself as a blind man whose wife had just passed away. This has to be the gentleman who was our typist at Mancunian House back in the 80's. I would very much like to contact him to see how he is doing, but I cannot remember his surname. Can anyone help?
Many thanks
Pete McEvoy

If anyone remembers Peter, please get in touch with Peter directly, drop an answer on our contact page or add a comment to the notice and I'll pass it on.
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From: Bill TinningPosted: 15-10-2021
candles.jpg Sue Tinning has brewed her last pot of tea
 Bill Tinning wrote to us regarding the sad death of his Wife Sue.
Sue's funeral has already taken place, Bill sent us these heartfelt thoughts about Sue.

It is with great sadness I am advising you of the passing of my beautiful wife and lifelong GPO to BT employee Sue Tinning. She passed away peacefully on 7th September this year with all the members of her close family around her. She fought a 5-year battle with bone cancer that started in her right shoulder and over the years took her right arm and shoulder then carried on by spreading into her head and spinal column.

Three months ago, she lost a lot of her remaining abilities including drinking her favourite tea. She changed to frozen lollipops but still stayed happy most of the time and never lost her smile - although it became a little crooked. She finally left us with no sound but with a half-smile of contentment!

Throughout her illness including the Pandemic, Queenscourt Hospice in Southport, The Christie and RJAH Oswestry have helped her with pain relief, advice, and operations so she could have a life as normal as possible and she spent her last night in the hospice after her final 3 months living at home under my care with support from the family and a choir of District Nurses and Carers.

Sue was 73 when she passed away and only ever worked for the GPO to BT combo with breaks to have and raise her two young children, a nasty divorce, a severe eye problem, some minor illnesses and finished working for BT early to look after our elderly parents.

She was born Susan HORROCKS in 1948 and raised in Bacup until she left school and became a GPO telephonist on manual exchanges around Rochdale and the Rossendale Valley from 1963 to 1966. She married her childhood sweetheart Stewart BARNES in 1966 and they had 2 children Antony and Victoria. She divorced him in 1978 and it was during this divorce that she met her future second husband Bill TINNING and started a 14-year courtship before getting married for both their second times in 1992.

Sue often talked fondly about her life as a telephonist in different places around Lancashire and Greater Manchester with different operating roles including competing in the 'Speaking Clock' competition. However, I know she hit her most enjoyable high spot as a Clerical Assistant in the MAC in Dial House. She was really upset when circumstances had her leave the MAC but her other career took precedent.

Sue was always a nice and caring person to any and everyone, the perfect Nana to her own 5 grand and 3 greatgrandkids and any other child that she came across. Me and lots of other people have benefited from it over the years and suddenly elderly family had some problems, so she left to become a carer for the people she loved and had begun to need her assistance.

Neither Sue nor I were highly religious, and Sue always wanted us to be together and be remembered as the happy couple we always were. She was cremated on 20th September and her ashes returned to our home, so we are together again. She will stay with me until my time comes and my will has instructions on how and where we will reside together forever along with our recently cremated 19 years old cat for our pet again.

Even though Sue said that she didn't want a fuss, we are having one now so that me, our family and you can celebrate her life and fabulous personality. Everyone who knew Sue is welcome to the Ellis Suite in our new Community Centre in Hesketh Bank on Sunday 31st October between 1 PM and 6 PM for as long or as short as you like, and it would be a delight to hear any of the many stories about knowing or working with Sue and 'the good old days' we all enjoyed.

We are calling her occasion ' A Celebration of Sue's Life' because Sue was always a happy lively soul and to remember her any other way is still too upsetting for words. We would prefer everybody who comes to dress casually, as far from funereal as you can manage please.

Like many other cancer patients Sue had a lot of day-to-day problems with pain that were sorted by Queenscourt Hospice and The Christie without big advertising budgets and who would benefit from any donations rather than buying flowers or cards for Sue.

The Ellis Suite holds 120 people with plenty of seating and tables. It also has a bar, kitchen and inside toilets, and for the infirm among us it has wheelchair access and facilities. There are unlimited car parking facilities adjacent to the centre with easy access.

It is proposed to be a Hotpot and Brown Ale affair but other sustenance will be available and Sues favourite music will be playing in the background.

Sue will be there with us 'enjoying' the atmosphere from within her box in a secluded, well-guarded spot so anyone can say goodbye and everything else is set for a good 'DO' or 'SEND OFF' for her as we say in Lancashire.

You can find more details about the Brand New Hesketh Bank Community Centre online but basically the postcode is PR4 6SR and it's on Station Road.

And finally, the usual Covid warning but my style! We are still living in very dangerous times especially for oldies like me and my fellow country bumpkins and I would beseech anyone planning to join us NOT to come if there is any reason you should not MINGLE, and when hopefully you do join us, please respect everybody's right of protection.

Yours truly

Sue's favourite man, still with a full white beard but now moist eyes forever.

Bill Tinning

Bill forwarded his mobile number if anyone wants to get in touch directly please post a comment or get in touch via our contacts page.
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From: Dave ShearPosted: 6-10-2021
notice.jpg The Sad loss of Henry Jepson
 I have known my good friend Henry for all of my BT career. He died at the end of August peacefully at home with his family. Henry worked all of his BT life on the ground floor carrier carrier station in Dial House.When I was a teenager I joined the POEU committee when Henry was the Branch Chairman. I became Editor of the Union Mag and Branch Organiser, a naive young man, but Henry became my mentor and coached me in the dark arts of politics.
Through our careers within the business we kept bumping into each other, Henry became Secretary of the local IBTE and was very involved with the regional golf club.
Finally I became Henrys boss but our friendship blossomed through mutual respect. Since our retirement in 1993 I have kept in touch with Henry and his family and will offer my continuing support to his wife Norma.

He was a good man, intellectual with his heart set in the common good.

RIP Henry
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From: Dave ShearPosted: 6-10-2021
notice.jpg Sad loss of Frank Harris
 I am so sorry to advise our shrinking following that I have been advised by Franks wife who is also very poorly that Frank died last Christmas 2020. Frank spent most of his career on the Telex 2VF audio carrier in York Street. For many years Frank was an active member of the POEU and served as Vice Chairman and a Committee Member for several years. He was as some others a voice of reason in some turbulent trade union years.

RIP Frank

Dave Shear
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 26-9-2021
wreath.jpg Farewell Stuart Ormson
 Bernard Willacy contacted us with the sad news of Stuart's death.

Stuart a TO on power maintenance passed away on Friday evening.

Further details to follow
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 15-9-2021
flowers2.jpg Farewell John Foley
 Glynn Fletcher contacted us with the sad news of John's passing.

Just heard John Foley has died. John was on transmission construction in Manchester South.

He was an ex-fireman hence his nick-name Fireman Foley. He was very much into amateur dramatics at New Mills Art Theatre.

No funeral details yet.

Glynn Fletcher Fleck

Check back later for funeral details.
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From: Graham WhitesidePosted: 29-9-2021
rose.jpg Farewell Bill Wade
 Mike Norris posted this sad message on Whatsapp.

Very Sad News Gentlemen.
For the many people that knew him, Bill Wade sadly died suddenly this morning on arrival at an Airport in Spain. He was with his wife. They had both recently recovered from COVID. Cause was probably a Heart Attack which unbelievably was what happened to his great friend Howard Nixon a few years ago at Old Trafford where they attended matches together. RIP Bill.

Update from Bill Heavey

Funeral details:

Monday 4th Oct at 2:30pm
Radcliffe Crematorium
Cemetery Road - Access via Greenbank Road
M26 4EU

Family flowers only, donation's to Guide Dogs For The Blind.
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