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20th June 2020

Lion Dave Petrie
Lions Club of Loddon Valley

It was with great sadness that Loddon Valley Lions received the news that their current Secretary, Lion Dave Petrie had passed to higher service. Lion Dave passed peacefully away in his sleep during the night of 19/20 June.

Lion Dave joined Loddon Valley Lions in 2003 and served as the Club's President in 2007-2008, having previously served the club with great sensitivity as its Welfare Chairman for two years. For a number of years, Lion Tail-twister Dave used his wry charms to extract fines from members for a multitude of obscure reasons and served as the Club's Liaison Officer with the Lions Community Store in Fleet for many years until his untimely death.

Prior to his retirement, Dave worked for the BBC at a number of its monitoring stations around the world, ending his career at the Caversham Monitoring Station. This experience led him to recount many interesting and amusing tales after Club Meetings.

Loddon Valley Lions send their sincere condolences to Lesley and all members of the family on their and our sad loss. Dave will be remembered with fondness and gratitude for his much valued service to Loddon Valley Lions.

John Goodchild

Wayne Madden PIP30th May 2020

Lion Wayne Madden PIP
Lions Club of Another District or unknown

Lions Clubs International are deeply saddened to announce that Wayne Madden, our 2012-13 International President, passed away on the 30th of May 2020.

PIP Wayne and his wife Lion Linda attended District 105d Convention in 2019 as PDG Ken Staniforth's International Guests.

PIP Wayne presided over PDG Roger Munday's inauguration as 105d DG at the International Convention in Busan, Korea in 2012.

Our thoughts are with PIP Wayne's family.


25th May 2020

Lion Doreen Parfect
Lions Club of Woolmer Forest

Woolmer Forest Lions are sad to announce the passing of ex Lion Doreen Parfect on 25th May 2020.

Former Lion Doreen became a member of Woolmer Forest in 1999 and spent three years as President. She was a dedicated Lion who could always be relied on to go above and beyond.

Although she had not been able to remain a member in her last few years due to ill health she is fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Joanne Wilson

11th May 2020

Lion Bob Trant MJF
Lions Club of Maidenhead

Maidenhead Lions have lost a dedicated and long-standing member this week. Lion Bob joined in 1982 - a cheerful and committed member and worker both for Lions and other local charities. He was a sociable character, a keen cook, and much admired for his excellent Indian food. Bob was always immaculate and a detail man, much in demand for oil and gas rig pipe work design. He was even brought back after retirement, to help with the consequences of the 1988 Piper Alpha oil rig disaster.

Bob was a committed Lion, President twice (1987 and 1991), always a willing volunteer especially on the Lions train, and later in life running the Message in a Bottle scheme in Maidenhead with his usual infectious enthusiasm.

Maidenhead Lions are privileged to have had such a dedicated member as Bob, and our thoughts and thanks go out to his 3 children and 3 grandchildren at this difficult time.

John Slater
Maidenhead Lions Club

3rd May 2020

Lion Jack Talbot
Lions Club of Blandford & District

Blandford & District Lions Club is sad to announce the passing to higher service of Lion John (Jack) Talbot, husband of the late Wendy Talbot, on Sunday 3rd May at Castleman House Nursing Home Blandford.

Lion Jack would have completed 45 years of service with the Blandford Lions club this coming September and had just celebrated his 90th birthday in April.

In Lions he will be remembered for running the 100 club for 35 years; as Club Secretary for 10 years; and organising charity clay pigeon shooting events alongside Wendy, who died some 20 years ago, whose sudden passing was a dreadful blow to Jack, who never really recovered.

Jack served with the 20th Royal Corp of Signals and saw active service in Aden, before returning to Blandford camp and settling in Blandford with Wendy, who he met while in service.

Jack’s funeral will take place at Poole Crematorium on Friday 22nd May at 10:30am. Due to the current lock-down, unfortunately the service is only open to 10 mourners for which immediate family and friends have precedence. I will represent Blandford & District Lions Club. Please contact the Funeral Director if anyone else wishes to attend.

Address for cards or messages

Donations to Royal Signals Benevolent Fund, please. Cheques or Internet payment only please (no Cash).

Cards and messages to be directed through the Funeral Director:
Colin J Close Funeral Service, Peel Close, Blandford Forum, DT11 7JU
Tel 01258 453133

Tony Ives
President & Secretary

2nd May 2020

Lion Barry Holmes
Lions Club of Henley on Thames

I have to pass on the very sad news that we lost one of our members, Barry Holmes to this dreaded Covid-19 virus.

Barry died last night, 2 May 2020, in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. He had been in there for over two weeks and his wife was expecting the worst based on the reports of his deteriorating condition.

Barry was our club president 2008-2009. He was a very “gentle” man who joined our club in 2002 and worked tirelessly to help the club to help our community. He will be very sadly missed by family and friends especially all his fellow Henley Lions.

Dave Murray

6th April 2020

Lion Helen Mitchell MJF
Lions Club of Swanwick

Swanwick Lions Club is sad to announce the passing to Higher Service of Lion Helen Mitchell MJF, the wife of Lion Fred Mitchell, on the evening of Monday 6th April.

Lion Helen had been an active member of Swanwick Lions for eighteen years, held numerous offices within the club and was Club President in 2017-18, She will be greatly missed by all the members of Swanwick Lions Club.

Helen's funeral will take place at Wessex Vale Crematorium Thursday 23rd April at 1:45 pm. Due to the current lock-down, unfortunately the service is only open to immediate family.

If you would have wished to attend the service, you can watch it online, full details are available at Donations can be made online here or sent care of the Funeral Directors in favour of UK Sepsis Trust.

Address for cards or messages

A H Freemantle
Funeral Directors
46 South Street
PO14 4DY

Ernie Howard

20th February 2020

Lion Peter Chappell MJF
Lions Club of Swindon

Swindon Lions Club is sad to announce the loss of Lion Peter Chappell MJF who died aged 86 on 20th February 2020.

Peter was a stalwart of the club from the day he joined in 1982. For many years he was the chair of the Welfare committee making important decisions and recommendations on the many requests for help and welfare cases received at nearly every club meeting.

Both Peter and his wife, Jill suffered from poor health for the last couple of years, but he was always cheerful and never lost his sense of humour. Jill predeceased him last December. They are both deeply missed by the members and partners of Swindon Lions very much.

Peter's funeral will be at Kingsdown Crematorium, Kingsdown Road, Swindon SN25 6SG on Tuesday 17th March at 11:15am. There will be a wake afterwards at Stanton House Hotel, The Avenue, Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon SN6 7SD.

Steve Austin

14th February 2020

Lion Derick Smith MJF
Lions Club of Wimborne and Ferndown

Wimborne and Ferndown Lions Club are sad to announce the passing to Higher Service of our club Secretary Derick.

Lion Derick joined Pangbourne, Theale & District Lions Club on 1st February 1994 and transferred to Wimborne & Ferndown Lions Club
on 1st December 2003. For some 10+ years, Derick was our Club Secretary and Welfare Chairman, and also served as Club President in 2011/12.

Derick's Funeral will take place at 3pm on Friday 6th March, at Poole Crematorium, Gravel Hill, Broadstone, Poole BH17 9BQ.

It is Family Flowers only and any donations are to be for Breast Cancer UK please.

Afterwards the wake will be held at Dudsbury Golf Club, 64 Christchurch Road, Ferndown BH22 8ST.

Address for cards or messages

Yeatmans Funeral Directors
24 Albert Road
Poole BH12 2BZ

Godwin Micallef
Acting Secretary

8th February 2020

Lion Vic Rutland
Lions Club of Fareham

It is with great sadness that I write to advise you of the passing away of Vic Rutland on Saturday evening of the 8th of February 2020.

Vic was a well respected Ex Lion of Fareham Lions Club.

Vic’s Funeral will take place on Monday 16th March at 3:00pm at Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornaway Lane, Portchester, Fareham PO16 8NE

Christine Asquith

1st February 2020

Lion Ken Poulton MJF
Lions Club of Highworth and District

Highworth and District Lions Club are sad to announce the passing to Higher Service of Lion Ken Poulton MJF, aged 94 years, founder member of the Highworth and District Lions Club, a Past President and Lion for 46 years.

Lion Ken had also been a Councillor and Town Mayor of Highworth.

1st January 2020

Lion Denis White
Lions Club of Basingstoke

Basingstoke Lions are sad to announce the passing to higher service of Lion Denis White.

1st January 2020

Lion John Phillips
Lions Club of Hayling Island

Hayling Island are sad to announce the passing to higher service of Lion John Phillips.

1st January 2020

Lion John Richardson
Lions Club of Devizes

Devizes Lions are sad to announce the passing to higher service of Lion John Richardson.

7th November 2019

Lion Derek Knight PDG
Lions Club of Hayling Island

It is with great sadness that the Lions Club of Hayling Island have to announce the passing of Lion Derek Knight. He had been a Lion for almost 50 years.

Derek was our founder member having started the club in 1997 and it has grown in that time to become a strong, active club with over 35 members and a reputation for helping those who need it in our community. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and his death will leave a huge gap in our lives.

Derek's funeral will be at The Oaks Crematorium, Bartons Road, Havant PO9 5NA at 3:15pm on Monday 25th November.

This will be followed by a gathering at Hayling Golf Club.

Marilyn Skennerton

9th October 2019

Lion Maurice Littley
Lions Club of Calne

Calne Lions Club with great sadness report the passing to higher service of Lion Maurice Peter Littley on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

A Lion since November 1977 (with a small break) he was a very hard working, enthusiastic and dedicated member of the club who was, during his service, active in the club in many positions up until ill health prevented participation.

He was a very generous man with a quiet gentlemanly way, always with a smile and a devilish sense of humour. He will be sorely missed by his fellow Lions, family and the many many friends. It was a pleasure to have known him.

Les Long

David Mathews MJF5th October 2019

Lion David Mathews MJF
Lions Club of Fleet Lions Old Guys Branch Club

It is with deeply felt sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Fleet Lions FLOGS member David Mathews MJF.

David was a stalwart, highly valued, member of Fleet Lions and then the Fleet FLOGS since it's inception.

A good Lion, special person and good friend.

Roger Munday
Zone Chair

12th September 2019

Lion Duncan Green
Lions Club of Wareham

Wareham Lions are sad to report the passing of the last founding member of Wareham Lions Club, Duncan Green.

Lion Duncan established the Wareham Lions branch some 49 years ago and has been an active member from day one until his sad passing on 12 September 2019.

For the last few years Duncan was our Almoner and carried out his duties with upmost care and understanding to all of the Wareham Lions, he will be sadly missed.

Duncan leaves behind his devoted wife Mary and two children.

Robert Wasey

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