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Those who have died during the last year
Date of Death Name Notes Sqn Photo
2016        
30th December 2016 Wing Commander Anthony "Bugs" J Bendell OBE AFC (Retd). Thanks to his wife Jules we learned the sad news that Wing Commander "Bugs" Bendell flew his final sortie, aged 80, at the end of a long, brave fight.   Much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sadly missed by all.   He was the most valiant and positive of men, a gentle spirit with an iron core.   If wished, donations to The Royal Star and Garter Homes, or to MS research.   The funeral will take place on 19th January at 12 noon at Amersham Crematorium in the Milton Chapel.   The Chapel doors will be open from 1130 to enable you to wait inside until the service.   Afterwards at the Officers' Mess, Air Command, RAF High Wycombe. 4 Sqn pilot 13May57 to Jul58.
2017        
2nd June 2017 Air Commodore Reginald "Reggie" Spiers OBE FRAeS (Retd). Thanks to Linda, his daughter, we have heard the sad news that Air Commodore Reginald "Reggie" Spiers, formerly of Barton Stacey and Penton Mewsey, died on Friday 2nd June 2017 aged 88.   Husband nearly 60 years of Cynthia (deceased Jul2016), father of Linda and Carolyn, and grandfather of Olivier, Lawrence, George and Alice.   He will be missed by family and friends.   Funeral will take place at St. Stephen's Church Shottermill at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 21st June 2017.   No flowers please, but any donations to Alzheimer's Society or RAF Benevolent Fund.   All enquiries: David Godsmark, G. M. Luffs, Haslemere.   Tel: 01428-643524. CO 4 Sqn from 13Mar59 to 31Dec60. ReggieSpiers.jpg, 8636 bytes
20th June 2017 Sam Newington (Retd). Thanks to the Daily Telegraph we have learnt the sad news that Sam Newington died peacefully at home on Tuesday 20th June 2017 surrounded by his family. Sam was a husband, a father, a grandfather, an entrepreneur, a fighter pilot, an intrepid navigator, a keen amateur historian, a wonderful present giver, and unfailingly generous to family and friends.   Never knowingly seen without a glass of wine or a pint of bitter, he will be missed by all of us, most of all by Bryony, his wife of 51 years.   He taught us the value of hard work, humility and good table manners.   Sam's Funeral will be held at All Saints Church in Elton at 4 p.m. on 30th June 2017, with a memorial service to follow at St. John's Church, Peterborough at 12.15 p.m. on 15th September 2017. Pilot 93 Sqn Sqn May57 to Dec58. SanNewington.jpg, 8636 bytes
4th July 2017 Group Captain "Bunny" Bernard St Aubyn (Retd). Thanks to the Daily Telegraph we have learnt the sad news that Group Captain "Bunny" Bernard St Aubyn - beloved husband of the late Breda, devoted father of his children, Paul and Mary and Grandfather of David, Alison, Thomas, James and Katherine.   Died suddenly at home on 4th July 2017 aged 85.   Everyone is welcome at the service to celebrate Bernard's life which will be held at St. Bernardine's RC Church, Buckingham on Thursday 20th July at 1 p.m..   All enquiries to Heritage & Sons on 01280-813188. Pilot 2 Sqn Apr58 to after Jan61. SanNewington.jpg, 8636 bytes
30th July 2017 Captain and Flt Lt "Thommy" Thomson (Retd). Thanks to Keith Piggott we have sadly learnt of the death of Captain Alexander "Thommy" Thompson on 30Jul17 aged 84.   A celebration of Thommy's life will take place on Thursday 10th August at 1pm at Great Grimsby Crematorium, Weelsby Avenue, Grimsby, DN32 0BA.   Family flowers only please.   Donations in lieu if so desired may be sent to Dementia UK, Second Floor 356 Holloway Road London LN7 6PA.   Enquiries to Mashfords Funeral Service Cleethorpes Tel 01472 200004.   A reception after will take place at Humberston Country Club Humberston Avenue Humberston DN36 4SX.   NB Val, Thommy's widow, would much appreciate knowing the numbers attending the service, please email Keith Piggott who will pass on messages piggott01@btinternet.com . Pilot 118 and 93 Sqn 118-Nov55 to Jun57; 93-Sep57 to Mar58. TommyThomson.jpg, 5671 bytes
10th September 2017 Wg Cdr "Q" Quintin Miles Bayley Oswell (Retd). Thanks to Al Pollock learnt the sad news of the death of Wg. Cdr "Q" Quintin Miles Bayley Oswell who died at home on 10 September 2017, aged 81.   Darling husband of Ingerid and adored father of Isabel.   Private funeral. Pilot 4 Sqn 27Feb57 to aft 28Sep57.
18th November 2017 Keith K W Payne (Retd). Thanks to his son Matthew we learnt the sad news of the death of Keith Payne who died December 2017, aged 88. Outer Basket.  Ex 16 Sqn, Celle. Sep52 to Apr56.