The council is saddened by the loss of members and together with fellow members extends deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those who have passed away.
When the death of a member occurs, we ask that fellow members acquainted with the deceased inform the President, Membership Secretary or any Council Member as early as possible. The content of the obituary notice is usually obtained in this way. If we are not informed, our circulars etc. continue to be sent. This can cause unnecessary distress which we would wish to avoid. Furthermore, if no additional information is forthcoming, we are obliged to confine the content to the records of membership in our files.
Basil Anthony Butler – 25th June 2004 – had just passed his 80th birthday after being ill for some time, was a Life Honorary Member, joined the association in 1954 and was actively concerned with Kirkstall Forge. Seven Generations of the Butler Family have been connected with the Forge since 1779.
Brian Clarkson – 31st July 2005. Brian was an active member of the association since joining in 1967, and had been President, Treasurer and a Trustee. He was employed in the Sheffield Steel Industry before moving to Leeds as Plant Engineer at Yorkshire Imperial Metals.
Les Askey – 4th September 2005 – joined the association in 1970 and had been a Member of Council and Journal Editor. Les will also be remembered for his accurate measurements of “Nearest the Pin” on Golf days. He started work at Henry Berry before transferring to Booth’s at Rodley as a Hydraulic Engineer in the Leeds Hydraulic Division of that Company. Further advancements continued within the company as Chief Draughtsman and finally as a well respected Chief Engineer.
Ron Neild joined the Association in 1968 whilst working for Vickers Armstrong (George Mann) and was an active member attending lectures and playing for the Braime Golf Trophy for many years. Having worked for the Engineering Industry Training Board within our region he will be remembered by many and sadly missed.
Jack Gawthorpe joined the Association in 1957 and was a very active member, a regular attendee at meetings, social functions and a keen golfer. Jack ran a well known Heating and Pipework/Services Company.
Piers Calvert a member since 1991 had his own Agricultural Engineering Company at Shiptonthorpe, near York. He was well known for his knowledge of the history of farm equipment. He presented a lecture for us at the 2004 AGM on the Restoration of Rare Agricultural Machines.
Barry Mitchell and his wife, who moved to Malta some years ago, were killed in a road accident in Malta just before Christmas 2009. Barry had retained his membership of the association, which he joined in 1974, whilst living in Malta. Before moving to Malta Barry had been employed at Booths of Rodley, and before retirement, with K.S. Hydraulics in Stanningley. Barry was a quiet man who kept his own council, but will be missed by his many friends in the U.K.
Stephen Hall who had been a member of the association since February 1992, and an active council member, passed away peacefully on 25th April 2011 after battle with serious illness. ‘Steve’ had single-handedly produced and maintained the association’s website. He had been President from 2007 until 2009. In his early life he had inherited a brush manufacturing company from his late uncle which he ran successfully. He spent part of his career with Thorite Ltd., working on logic and programmable controllers. Latterly he worked for Mandate Sytems, producing safety and maintenance schemes. Steve was a most popular member with a ready smile and a kind heart and he will be sorely missed by all those who came to know him.
Roger Bate was latterly an Honorary Life Member of the association, having joined in October 1974. He passed away in June 2011. Roger was a popular member who, even in his advancing years, came along to visits and lectures where he displayed great interest and enthusiasm for a wide range of subjects. He was a director of Thorite Ltd. and for many years edited their well-circulated news bulletin ‘Thorite Pneus’. Our condolences go to his son Michael, a member of the association, and his family.
Table of contents
President’s Report 2010
Officers of the Leeds Association of Engineers
Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Association 1865 to 2010
Secretaries of the Association
In office 2004 to 2010
Young Engineer Award or Project Scheme
Anniversary Dinners 2005 to 2010
Extract from the “Rules of the Leeds Association of Engineers”