Obituary Gerry Ions
Gerry joined the Association in November 2202 and became a committee member in 2005. On joining the committee he was appointed as the Association Almoner,an office that he was well suited for, being an honorary welfare officer for RAFA and also involved in welfare work for SSAFA and the Royal British Legion.During his period of office he did not enjoy the best of health but he carried out his duties diligently and with compassion and understanding. In August 2009 heresigned as Association Almoner due to ill health and unfortunately died a couple of weeks later. Gerry will probably be best remembered by Association members for the somewhat unusual way in which he delivered his report at the AGM. He will be missed as a Committee Member and the Association has lost a valued member. His funeral service was held at St Mary’s Church, Calne on 24th August, followed by a committal at Semington Crematorium. The Association wasrepresented by Peter Follett(20th), Don Roper (20th) and Jim Wilcox (5th). Also in attendance was Robbie Barkman (316th).