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David John Kelsall MB BS, on 23 December 2016, aged 87
Members will be sad to hear of the death of Dr David Kelsall on 23 December 2016,
who, together with his wife Jane, was a regular attender at CMS events. They organised
a number of highly successful excursions based on Hertfordshire and nearby. He spent
his working life as a GP in St Albans and on retirement became a very knowledgeable
archivist at the abbey of St Alban, a position he held for 22 years until his death.
David was a brilliant photographer producing illustrations for the Cathedral publications and supporting Jane’s lectures. He was always prepared to assisted the volunteers in the Cathedral Archives with his expert computer knowledge & appreciated the work they undertook. All enquiries received from both within the Cathedral community and further afield were answered with a prompt reply, often with supporting material obtained from the archive and his vast knowledge on the Cathedral & City of St Albans he loved. He will be sadly missed.
Sally Badham & Derrick Chivers.
Peter Hacker 1943-
Peter Hacker, a well known member of the Society, sadly died on 28 November and his life was celebrated at a simple and moving funeral, in Harrogate, on 16 December.
Peter was someone who had many interests and enthusiasms that ranged from steam trains to choral music, for a number of years he sang with a local choral society. Peter, as he said himself, was a proud son of Somerset, where he was educated at Taunton School, and equally proud of his adopted town of Harrogate where he was, for many years, a ‘fixture’ in the antique scene. Peter was a committee member of the Harrogate Civic Society one of whose activities was the installation of plaques on buildings where notable inhabitants of the town had lived. He was also vociferous about building plans that he felt would not enhance the town – but this did not mean he opposed progress.
Together with Patrick Farman, Peter contributed much information to volumes of the Monumental Brass Society’s revision of the county list. He liked Victorian brasses, often overlooked until relatively recent years, although he was less fond of what he termed ‘boring Victorian inscriptions’.
Many members of the CMS will remember Peter for the excursions he organised, with Patrick, in Yorkshire. Meticulous planning ensured that these days were not only highly informative but great fun. As well as an eclectic mix of monuments and architecture, creature comforts, including splendid teas, were never forgotten.
Peter was a gregarious man, with strong opinions and a great love of life. Some of us remember his laughter echoing around a church. We have sat outside churches while he enjoyed a cigarette and exchanged tales of intrigue. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and acquaintances.
Derrick Chivers and Hilary Wheeler
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24 September 2016
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