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23rd October 2023

Lion Derek Port MJF
Lions Club of Woolmer Forest

The Lions Club of Woolmer Forest report with great sadness the passing to higher service of Lion Derek Port MJF. Derek had over 50 years of service to Lions, joining Alton Lions as a charter member in 1973. He transferred to Woolmer Forest in 2005 where he has served as a very enthusiastic, popular, and knowledgeable member. He has held many roles including President in 2007 but his proudest achievement was to be awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Sadly, Derek’s wife, Margaret passed away a few days before him. Margaret was a firm supporter of Woolmer Forest Lions and the rock behind Derek. They will both be greatly missed.

Joanne Wilson

30th September 2023

Lion David Râtel
Lions Club of Jersey

The Lions Club of Jersey reports with sadness the passing to higher service of former Lion and Past President David Râtel. David was President in 1973/74 and was most noted for his sense of humour and his ability to ensure that at the Club’s dinner meetings - which in those days usually followed an hour or so’s appropriate preparation at the bar - still followed the agenda.

Although David retired as a Lion some years ago, his wit was often called upon as a guest speaker at the Club’s Charter Anniversaries. A former estate agent and golf club secretary, David had a wide circle of friends with whom he made weekly online contact (particularly recently when his deteriorating health confined him to his laptop) with expositions of sparkling humour. He will be sorely missed by that circle of friends and all the Lions who knew him.

Peter Tabb

10th August 2023

Lion Travis McCall
Lions Club of Fleet Lions Old Guys Branch Club

Travis McCallThe Lions Club of Fleet reports with sadness the passing to higher service of Lion Travis McCall on Thursday 10th August.

A Fleet Lion for 29 years, Lion Travis was a very enthusiastic member who held many positions within his club, including three terms as President, as well as District Sergeant-at-Arms for several years.

We extend our sympathies to his wife, Gill, and all their family. Travis will be missed by all.

Travis’s funeral will be on Thursday 7th September at 3pm at the Fleet Baptist Church, 115 Clarence Road, GU51 3RS, with a reception/wake at the Lismoyne Hotel from 4pm.

Please be aware that parking at the church is very limited and you will probably need to use the town centre car parks.

Travis specified that he does not want people to wear black or ties and instead some colour for the occasion.

It will help the family if you can let me know if you will be attending.

Brian Proctor

1st August 2023

Lion John Powell
Lions Club of Westbury

Details to follow...

Lion Magazine

2nd July 2023

Lion Jean Fox
Lions Club of Hart

Lion Jean Fox passed away on Sunday 2nd of July 2023.
A Hart Lion for only a short period but she was a very enthusiastic member and will be missed by us all. RIP.

Ruth Stubley
Membership Committee

18th June 2023

Lion Colin Ames
Lions Club of Maidenhead

Lion Colin Ames passed away in June after a brave battle with cancer. He was a very active member of Maidenhead Lions, and Colin’s subtle and observant sense of humour made him a brilliant Tail Twister, always finishing a meeting with wit and logical comments about each member, making everyone laugh and leave in good spirits. A great asset for any club.

He retired in 1995 after a distinguished career as chief executive of the Home Grown Cereal Authority. Then he advised the government of newly independent Ukraine on worldwide grain marketing, a function previously managed directly from Moscow.

We all join Colin’s wife Maddie, sons Gavin and Alastair, and 6 grandchildren with our sympathies, and our great respect for this very amiable and capable man.

Address for cards or messages

Funeral arrangements: Tuesday 11th July

Brenda Butler

31st May 2023

Lion Sheila Taylor
Lions Club of Gillingham, Mere and Shaftesbury

Details to follow...

Ron Twining

31st May 2023

Lion Tony Ballard
Lions Club of Warminster

It is with much sadness that I have to inform you of the death of a serving member of Warminster Lions Club (CIO). Lion Tony Ballard died on Wed 31st May 2023 in hospital in London. Tony was only 75 years old and had been a member of our Club since Feb 2009.

No further details are available at this time.

Nick Humpherson

7th May 2023

Lion Barry Duxbury
Lions Club of Wimborne and Ferndown

Details to follow...

Ron Twining

24th April 2023

Lion Neil Macvicar MJF
Lions Club of Swindon

The Lions Club of Swindon is sad to report the loss of one of their longest serving members. Lion Neil Macvicar MJF
passed away on 24 April following several years of increasing bad health. Over the last few months, unable to attend meetings, he would appear on Zoom often from his bed but still ready to contribute to the discussions.

He joined the club in 1987 and served as President, Treasurer and chairman of various committees. He was also a frequent visitor to the Club’s French twin club of Les Andelys in Normandy. His Scottish humour and ready fund of amusing anecdotes will be sorely missed.

The Club’s condolences go to wife Catherine, his children and grandchildren.


21st April 2023

Lion Trish Douglass
Lions Club of Chippenham

It is with great sadness that Chippenham Lions report the passing of Lion Trish Douglass on 21st April. Trish joined the club in 2008 and served with great loyalty throughout that time. Her big talent was to bring us together socially and she was the centrepiece of many an event. Beyond club she was a skilful artist, photographer and great animal lover and the phrase which so many of us use about her is “she was a wonderful lady”. Sadly missed.

Derek Angell

14th April 2023

Lion Roy Bullen MBE
Lions Club of Jersey

The Lions Club of Jersey is saddened to report the passing to higher service of Past-President Lion Roy Bullen MBE.

Lion Roy joined the Club in 1984. After a decade at sea, Lion Roy joined Jersey’s Harbour Department and eventually became Harbourmaster, a role he fulfilled for 17 years. He was very involved with the RNLI serving as the Jersey branch’s secretary and chairman for which role and for service to the community he was awarded the MBE.

He served as President of the Jersey Club in 1991/92 and the Jersey Lions send their sincere condolences to his wife Yve and his family.


27th February 2023

Lion Rodney Duckett
Lions Club of Devizes

Devizes Lions are sad to report the passing into Higher Service of Lion Rodney (Rod) Duckett.

Joining Devizes Lions in 1982, becoming President in 1992-3, he supported all club activities throughout his 41 years of service. Everything from being Father Christmas to helping organise the May Fayre.

He was on the Welfare Committee for many years where he helped organise our Sports Coaching Weekend and he also enjoyed Twinning weekends with Mayenne Lions.

He was a churchman, an organist and a gentleman. His family and friends will miss him very much, and to the last, he knew his own mind, and was not afraid to say so. His son-in-law, Lion Chris Ellis, said, “We have all lost a kindly, gentle, thoughtful man, who will be sorely missed by all his friends, former colleagues, Lions members and family”.

Peter Blockley

20th February 2023

Lion George Johns
Lions Club of Basingstoke

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Lion George Johns today, 20th February, a Lion of 50 years’ service.

For many years Lion George held the combined roles of Health & Safety and Insurance Officer; he was also the Club's Lion Tamer and a member of the Welfare Committee.

Due to ill health for several years, Lion George has been unable to take an active role in Club business or attend our meetings. However, on 20 December DG Dave Ebsworth visited the Basingstoke Club and left with us Lion George's 50-year award pin and letter which would be forwarded.

Annie Vicars

13th February 2023

Lion Anne Lippitt
Lions Club of Wimborne and Ferndown

Details to follow...

Peter Burnett
District Secretary

19th January 2023

Lion Denis Pierce
Lions Club of IOW Newport

It is sad that I have to inform you that Lion Denis Pierce MJF passed to higher service on the 19th of January. Denis was a founder member of the Lions Club of Newport, I O W, and a Melvin Jones fellow.

The funeral for Lion Denis will be on Thursday 23rd February 2023 1:30pm, at Isle of Wight Crematorium, followed by The Woodmans Arms, Wootton.

Please let Almoner Ron know if you hope to come to the Woodmans Arms so we can let the family know numbers by 16th February.

No set dress code.

Family flowers only, donations via tribute page in Denis' memory as follows:-

If unable to attend in person, Denis' funeral will be live streamed, please use contact us for details.

Ron Twining

25th December 2022

Lion Paul Hallet
Lions Club of Trowbridge

Details to follow


1st December 2022

Lion James McGregor
Lions Club of Another District or unknown

Formerly of Portsmouth Lions Club

I have received the following sad news from the Helen Keller Internet Lions Club.

We have learned today that our President Lion James McGregor has passed to Higher Service.
Lion Jim passed suddenly in December, he volunteered many hours for St Johns Ambulance as a Lion, something he was very passionate about and trained many volunteers doing this.

LP Jim joined the East Anglia Helen Keller Internet Lions Club in June 2020 having been a member of Portsmouth Lions Club where he had been President (2012/13), Secretary (2013-15) and was also Zone Chairman and Marketing & PR Coordinator in District 105D (2011-14).

Our condolences have been passed to his parents and sister Sarah.

Barry Miller
Almoner 105CE

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