Obituaries

Jim Hall

Jim Hall, 21st November 1934 - 3rd August 2015

Posted 5th August 2015

Sadly, long-time member Jim Hall passed away on Sunday. Jim had been battling lymphoma for a number of years now but after a three week spell in the Rotherham General Hospital he died peacefully at around 6pm. Geoff Hague, a friend and club mate of Jim's at Rutland CC, has kindly written this obituary.

Jim was a long standing member of the Rutland CC Sheffield; he was the club president for a number of years during the 1990's and also the organiser of the National Championship 25 in 1998.

He was one of a group of riders who dominated the 24hr championship from 1955 until 1959 and a member of the winning team in 1957. He also held the Northern Road Records Association record for 24 hours set in 1959 with a mileage of 441.75. Part of Jim's Jim Hallworking life was in the silver industry, which made him the ideal candidate for looking after the club trophyies which he did for a good number of years.

He continued cycling until early this year when his health problems became so severe he could no longer manage it.

As well as cycling, Jim had many other hobbies. Fishing was one of them and along with the late George Steers (see below) he spent many an hour at the waterside, doing more fishing as his ability to cycle diminished. Another of his hobbies was walking and Jim liked nothing more than going into Derbyshire with his lunch and spending the day walking around the hills. One of his walking holidays took him on a trek up Machu Picchu where, due to his heart problems, resulted in him having to be Jim Hallcarried back down the mountain.

Jim also liked working with his hands and made numerous models, including two model aircraft which he carved from a single piece of wood and to scale.

Jim was a hard working and passionate member of the Rutland CC and will be sadly missed.

Barbara Scott

Barbara Scott 1934 - 2015

Posted 27th May 2015

I can't believe I'm writing an obituary for Barbara a mere eleven weeks after Gordon died. It would be easy to say "see Gordon's" for an obituary as they were so close, but Barbara was very much a woman in her own right, fully capable of manning the results board at events, administering the group's medals and records and serving as our treasurer for many years.

She used to ride tandem with Gordon on long distance trips, including Germany and Lands End to John o'Groats - although due to Gordon's complicated way of doing it without going on major roads during the latter, they only managed to get as far as Bristol.

Looking at the photos displayed at Gordon's funeral, they always seemed to have a lot of fun together, and I'd always look forward to Barbara's wry smile at Gordon's latest scheme. She will be truly missed.

Gwen Morris

Gwen Morris 1927 - 2015

Posted 27th May 2015

Gwen Morris died last week in Doncaster Royal Infirmary, aged 88. Gwen was the wife of George Morris, a founder member of North Mids VTTA. The funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th May at Rose Hill Crematorium, Cantley Lane, Doncaster at 2.40pm for a short service then on to Ranskill Church for a service at 3.30pm, and afterwards to the Huntsman at Ranskill. All welcome. Only family flowers; donations to the Diabetes Association.

Gwen was born in Manchester in May 1926. She was christened Iris, but always said she was "not a flower", so was always known as Gwen. The family moved to Ashington, Northumberland, when she was a teenager, where she spent many happy years working at the United Bus Company. Gwen joined the WAAF at the age of 18 and became a plotter for aircraft during WW2, based at RAF Watnall and then to Bawtry Hall, where she settled.

Gwen met George in 1963 and they got married in 1965. They moved to Ranskill in 1966 and settled in to vilage life. Gwen was an active member of the WI, WRVS, the TORRAN Club and was heavily involved in the Methodist Chapel. She was also a dinner lady at the local school, and the kids always knew that if they didn't like certain foods, 'Mrs Morris' would sneak it away in her pocket for them.

Family was Gwen's utmost priority and she was an amazing grandma to Clare, Laura, Becca, Benn and their partners. She was also a very proud Great Grandma to Joshua, Henry, Sophia and Poppy.

Gwen's passing was sudden but painless, which gives comfort.

George Steers

George Steers 1923 - 2015

Posted 29th April 2015

We are sorry to report that Rutland CC and North Midlands VTTA life member George Steers passed away today after a fall at his home. He was 92. We posted a feature on George some time ago outlining his amazing career - here it is again.

George's funeral will take place at Grenoside Crematorium, South Chapel, on Friday the 22nd of May at 12.15pm. Mike would like all cyclists to wear something cycling related ie a nice top (not a skinsuit). Everyone is invited back to The Cock Inn in Outibridge for refreshments afterwards.

Margaret Proctor

Margaret Proctor 1931 - 2015

Posted 29th April 2015

Margaret Proctor, wife of Jim, passed away at the age of 84 on 3rd March 2015. Although never a cyclist Margaret was always a supporter and together with Jim organised the Vets dinner for 10 years as well as starting and running the Doncaster to Cleethorpes race for the same amount of time. She was often to be found serving in the tearoom serving tea and her homemade scones.

From 1981 she had joint membership of the VTTA along with Jim and became a life member. She enjoyed holidays touring Scotland, accompanying Jim on his bike on her motorbike. On 1st January 2015 Jim and Margaret celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary with their family. Thank you to everyone in the cycling family who sent messages and came to Margaret's funeral.

Gordon and Barbara

Gordon Scott 1932 - 2015

Posted 31st March 2015

Sadly our much loved Group Secretary Gordon Scott passed away in March after a long battle with cancer; he has previously survived bowel, liver and skin cancers but this one proved one battle too many.

Gordon worked tirelessly for cycling over many years, organising numerous events. He was one of the first, if not the first, to use digital projection for results boards. He also wrote many computer programs to help with the start and finish sheets and working out the times etc, after teaching himself how to use a computer whilst recovering from his first battle with cancer.

Gordon was known as 'Mr Modify' as he was never quite satisfied with anything, from computer programs to cycles and even cycling clothing - he would spend many hours adapting things to what he thought they should do.

He was also a keen camper and member of a camping club and spent many a long weekend away with Barbara, even in the middle of winter when most people would be in front of the tv with the heating on. He owned various VW camper vans, which (naturally) he modified over the years, including making hoardings and tent-like structures to fit on the side of the van.

Another of Gordon’s interests was photography and he took photographs at many awards ceremonies, including the Rutland CC and North Mids dinners.

To say he will be sadly missed is a great understatement. There is a huge hole in the North Midlands vets cycling scene.

Gordon's funeral was a sad but also happy day. Many thanks to all the VTTA North Midlands members who came to say goodbye. There was a lovely little pamphlet with some great photos of Gordon and Barbara - see one of these, left. Our thoughts are now with Barbara, who is not well at all, and needs our support and love at this dreadfully sad time.