It is with much sadness and regret I must inform members Jack passed away in October.
A much respected and long serving member, Jack was awarded the highest accolade of the Society, the Gold Medal, in 2002 following many years as Southern Branch Chairman. He was made the Branch’s first President as a tribute to his many years of service when he stepped down from the chair in 2005.
My first recollection of Jack was when I was a ‘rookie’ member back in the early nineties when he first persuaded, then helped me form the Sussex District Association. From then I had the pleasure of serving as his Vice Chairman at a period of rapid development in the Southern Branch. During this time Jack was at the forefront of establishing the Essex, Hampshire and Surrey DA’s and put many miles on the clock as a regular at events across the south as well as his frequent trips to Preston to serve on the then National Executive.
Jack’s credits with the NVS are numerous and include organisation of Chelsea displays, the National Championships at Tunbridge Wells and the successful transfer of the Southern Championships to the New Forest, of which he was particularly proud of.
As well as his long service to the NVS Jack was also very involved with the Surrey Horticultural Federation and the Surrey Guild of Judges and Lecturers. For the Guild, he was not only a very active judge himself, but served as its Secretary for many years.
In short Jack will be sadly missed by his many friends throughout the Society and our thoughts are with his wife Marjorie and the family.
Barry Newman FNVS
Written on Sunday 15th November 2015 by Emily Plumb
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