As we get into 2015 I take a moment to ponder on the end of 2014. A trio had planned to have an end of year Skype contact. Sadly the most important member of the trio, Stan, died.
Stan was our TI (Trade Instructor) at the RAF Technical School in matters of Radio Telecommunications in our training days of 1963-4. An instructor of much experience in the field and already a senior non-commissioned officer when assigned to the school. Patiently teaching us pimply lads he was a real gentleman who went so far as to give up his leisure time for the boys.
We were fortunate to have a Skype trio contact including Stan on 29th December 2013. The contact was to celebrate 50 years on since being taught by Stan and to reminisce on our subsequent careers. On this occasion, I told Stan that the knowledge he had imparted to us had benefited me in both my military and civilian careers. I remember Stan being surprised that his training had benefited us for our later civilian jobs. Naturally, then, Stan only saw the RAF aspects of his training schedule. He could not foresee that for many of us it would give us the experience to ease employment after our military careers. I for one, was grateful for what I had received from Stan in that particular field. That Skype trio conversation between Stan, Terry and myself lasted for 1 hour and forty-five minutes as each of us took turns to speak and take a sip of a favourite beverage.
We had planned to do the same Skype hook-up in December 2014 but sadly it was not to be. Stan died on 7th December 2014. The funeral was held on 18th December 2014 at Yardley Crematorium, near Birmingham, UK and attended by Terry who represented us old boys. Stan cannot be forgotten because he was part of our formative and youthful years. Also remembered as one of the instructors that inspired us to meet high standards in our training. He was an experienced and respected radio ham enthusiast and some of us caught the bug from him. We remember our Stan who left an indelible and positive mark in our lives. Silent Key, RIP.
Further reading (click on links below): Article, photos on Stan's career, report on the 2013 Skype contact Tribute Page on RAF 48th Entry Telegs website RAF Benevolent Fund Tribute Book page for Stan