RRCPC Newsletter
Volume 45 Number 1 Article 10
March 2008

Tony Tanner - Obituary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Tony Tanner in January.

Tony first encountered the Red Rose as part of the 208 Manchester General Hospital T&AVR group when they were brought up to Bullpot Farm for caving trips by their commanding officer. The group soon became regular visitors to the farm and in August 1969 along with many of the group Tony joined the club.

It was in 1971 that Tony suggested that his group organise the Red Rose 21st Birthday do at Kettlewell, and all who took part will still remember the military precision with which it was organised - complete with birthday cake made and iced on the camp site field.

Tony moved on to new challenges in the army but still continued to be an active member of the club and was elected our 4th President in 1980, a post he held for 16 years. In 1991 he led what he then called "The Battle" to remain at Bullpot Farm when our lease was in jeopardy, only retiring from the post of President when the new lease had been secured. In 1996 Tony retired from the army, and with his wife Isobel moved to Somerset. It was only in the last few months that he had gone into a nursing home.

Tony never forgot the Red Rose, and when our current battles over Bullpot Farm started again he was the first to dig very deep into his pocket and start off our Fighting Fund with a very handsome donation, he would have been very pleased to hear that a new lease was finally achieved this year.

A close friend of Ron Bliss for many years, his death so soon afterwards is a great loss to us all. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Isobel and their daughter Susan.

A thanksgiving service for Tony was held at Walton Church, Walton, Somerset on Friday 18th January 2008 which was attended by our president, Peter Llewellyn and Gillian, Sandra and Mel Wilkinson.

Mel Wilkinson

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