Electrical Department Obituaries
Email: mel@kitsoncollege.co.uk

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Please inform colleagues who may wish to attend a funeral


June Ashton
Webmaster Melvin's wife:
Died at 2:00 pm on 23rd Septmber, 2019
In 'Swaledale House' - Palliative section of the West Riding Care Home, Lofthouse.
R.I.P. June;
Condolences to Melvin, Family and Friends

June was buried in her late husband's grave in Outwood Cemetery on Thursday 3rd October at 11:15 am
This was announced in the Wakefield Express.

More information on Melvin's Tribute or Service Sheet

Stuart Craig
Radio & TV Department Lecturer
Died at 2:45 am on 20th February, 2019
In a Ripon Nursing Home
R.I.P. Stuart;
Condolences to widow Mima, Family and Friends

Stuarts Cremation was held on:
Thursday 14th March at 11:00 am
At Harrogate Crematorium
This was announced in the Harrogate Advertiser

Donations in memory may be given to:
Dementia Forward.

A celebration of Stuarts life was held at the Yorkshire Events Centre:
The Pavillion  Harrogate HG2 8NZ  (all welcome).

Stuart's widow Mima has now managed to contact friend Ian Sykes and his ex wife.
Ian previously worked at York College - Don Craven contacted him.
Ian Sykes, Don Craven, Stan Hewitt and Melvin Ashton  attended Stuart's Cremation and Celebration of Stuart's life.
More Information

Stuart Martin
Died Saturday 5th January, 2019
Funeral held on Tuesday, 22nd January

Funeral Information    More Pictures
Staff Picture  (Victoria Pub - Leeds)

R.I.P. Stuart;
Condolences to widow Jean, Family and Friends.
Don Craven, Jaafar Musa, Stan Hewitt and Melvin Ashton attended Stuart's Cremation and Celebration of Stuart's life.

Roy Daniel:
 Obituary Information from Graham Sykes via Jaafar Musa

Please inform ANY Auto Dept Colleagues !!
Regards, Melvin Ashton (Retired) Electrical Eng. Dept;
My last bike was a 1955 BSA Shooting Star;
500cc twin, top speed about 95mph so hardly up to Roy Daniel's bikes!
R.I.P. Roy
Condolences to Family and Friends.

Ian Stevenson  (General Studies Department) 
Died on Sunday 19th November from an inoperable brain tumour diagnosed only 11 weeks previously.
Information from Don Craven:
Ian was in General Studies. He ran the YTS programme & was involved with the Dortmund exchanges. In fact I heard the news from Markus, (Dortmund, Germany), who organised the Dortmund colleges.
R.I.P. Ian;
Condolences to Family and Friends.

Michael Abbott
Passed away on 7th November, 2017, following an accident in an ASDA car park on Thursday 26th October; Michael had been in a coma at LGI for some 12 days ....
R.I.P. Michael and Condolences to Wife Hilary and their four daughters.

Michaels funeral was held at 12:45pm on Tuesday 5th December at Adel Parish Church, followed by a 'family only' cremation.  Afterwards, a celebration of Michael's life was held at 'The Old Stables' - close to Adel Church.

Don Craven, Ian Lindley and Melvin Ashton  attended Michael's cremation and celebration of his life.

Hilary and Michael

Note that Michael set up our meetings at Golden Acre Park MANY years ago.  This website was registered, set up, and is updated by Myself, (Melvin Ashton) several years later.

Peter Courtney  (Electrical Department)
(Radio & TV Department Lecturer)

22nd August 1942 - 13th June 2016

After several years suffering from Bone Cancer.

Peter's funeral was held at Pontefract Crematorium
on Monday 27th June at 12:20 pm

RIP Peter, Condolences to his wife & family from colleagues at Kitson College of Technology (now Leeds City College)

Don Craven, Jaafar Musa, Stan Hewitt and Melvin Ashton attended Peter's cremation and some to the celebration of his life.

Wife of late Harry Swain  (Mechanical Department).
SWAIN Doreen:

Sadly passed away on Wednesday 21st January 2015 aged 88 years after a short illness.

Beloved wife of the Late Harry Swain OBE JP;
Dearly loved mother of Ian and Heather, dear mother in law of Jackie and Ian and loved nana of Bethany, David and Joanne.
Will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
The funeral service will take place at Grenoside Crematorium, South Chapel, Sheffield S35 8RZ
on Thursday 12th February at 1:45pm.
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the British Heart Foundation.

Published in the Yorkshire Post Newspaper Ltd on 2nd February 2013 (Distributed in Leeds)
R.I.P. Doreen and Harry;
Condolences to Family and Friends.

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DIGHTAM Bernard Victor

Died November 10th, 2013 suddenly following ill health at his Calverley home, aged 86 years.

Much loves husband of Doris, dearly loved dad of Anne and the late Sue, loved grandpa (Poppa) of Annie, James, Andy and Steve and a good friend to many.
The funeral service and committal will be held at Bradford Cathedral, Stocks Hill, BD1 4EH on Wednesday 20th November, 2013 at 2.45pm.

Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if so desired, to Children In Need Appeal, a plate will be available at the service for this purpose.

Any enquiries to:
Mahony & Ward, Tel 0113 2 565 209

R.I.P. Bernard;
Condolences to Family and Friends.

George Crossland (Part time Electrical Dept. Lecturer)
Died 28/05/13
Funeral Monday 9th June, 2014
Obituary and further details on
Mel's 'Isherwoods' Web Pages (new window).

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Electrical Department.
Passed away peacefully at:
Park Lodge Care Home, Leeds 8, on 18th January, 2013, aged 95.
Dearly loved husband of the late Joan and much loved father of Margaret and Carole and the late Maureen.  Also a much loved grandfather and
Funeral was held at Rawdon Crematorium on Thursday 7th February at 2.20pm.  Family flowers only but donations for the Stroke Association will be gratefully received. Enquiries to:
Dodgson Funeral Service,
Tel. 0113 2 681 603.
Published in the Yorkshire Post Newspaper Ltd on 31st January 2013 (Distributed in Leeds)
Kitson Informal Staff Meeting - Picture
R.I.P. Dennis;
Condolences to Family and Friends.
Melvin Ashton attended Dennis's cremation

Eric Eccles 'Uncle'
Vice Principal died 29/11/12 R.I.P.
Published in the Halifax Courier on 7th December 2012 (Distributed in Halifax)
This notice has had 15 visitors.
ECCLES ERIC REGINALD On November 29, 2012 peacefully at Elm Royd Nursing Home, Brighouse and formerly of Trimmingham, Halifax, Eric aged 93 years. The dearly loved husband of the late Vera, a good neighbour and kind friend, in particular of Angela. The Funeral Service will be held at Warley St John's Church, Windle Royd Lane, Cote Hill, Halifax on Tuesday, December 11 at 1pm followed by cremation at 2.15pm at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland. Family flowers only please, a collection box for donations to Overgate Hospice if so desired will be available at the Church. Any enquiries please contact Lawrence Funeral Service, Green Hayes, Bell Hall, Halifax, HX1 2XR. Tel 01422 354094. Will friends please meet at the Church and accept this as the only intimation.
R.I.P. Eric;
Condolences to Family and Friends.
Sylvia Sykes attended Eric's funeral and cremation..

Further Information  (via Sylvia Sykes)


Peter Lowe
Mechanical Engineering Department

Bob Lumley

Maths Department

Died 28/07/12 at 87 years of age
R.I.P. Bob;
Condolences to Family and Friends.

Jim Hoyland
College Registrar

Died 12/10/10
R.I.P. Jim;
Condolences to Family and Friends.

Norman Bottomley

Died 24/03/07 R.I.P.

Electrical Dept. Senior Technician

R.I.P. Norman;
Condolences to Family and Friends.

Frank Riley

Died August 26th, 2003, Age 74 Years

Cremation was at Lawnswood Crematorium
Thursday September 4th, 2003, followed by refreshments at Wheetwood Hall (near Lawnswood).

Frank passed away suddenly on Tuesday August 26th, 2003 age 74 years
R.I.P. Frank, Condolences to Nora & Family.
Don Craven, Ian Lindley and Melvin Ashton  attended Frank's cremation and celebration of his life.
Email: mel@bolusclose.co.uk
Information / Pictures of Frank please ?

Frank was my colleague and a great friend from the time I started as a part time lecturer in the Civic Theatre in 1961, during my time as a technician, lecturer and senior lecturer at Kitson ('new building') from October 1963, and after his retirement.
Melvin Ashton  (new window)

Frank's Retirement and Family Information and Picture

Son Ian's update01   Update02  
Ian's First Boat   Mel's Boats

Eric Overton, Frank, Mike Sanderson and Mel

Informal Staff Meeting Picture

More Information and pictures
via Widow Sylvia Sykes.

Sykes Gordon
Suddenly at Leeds General Infirmary.
On July 4, 2003, aged 75 years.
Former Head of Electrical Engineering Department, Leeds College of Technology.
Beloved husband and best friend of Sylvia.
Will be sadly missed by Family, Friends and Colleagues. The funeral service will take place at Lawnswood Crematorium on Monday July 14 at 12.20 pm.
Family flowers only please but donations in lieu to Jane Tomlinson Cancer Appeal for which a collection plate will be provided at the service.
Refreshments will be provided after the funeral.
All are welcome. Friends please accept this Intimation.

R.I.P. Gordon;
Condolences to widow Sylvia, Family and Friends.
Dennis Goy, Bernard Dightam and MANY others attended Gordon's cremation and Celebration of his life.

Info and Pictures requested for ....
Richard Wilkinson (Original College Principal)
Info/Pics from Sylvia?
Jack Cooper (Later College Principal)
Eddie Gilligan  (H.O.D. Electrical Department)
Eric Brown  (H.O.D. Electrical Department)
Eric Overton (Electrical Department)
Frank Harland (Radio & TV Department)
Harry Swain  (Mechanical Engineering Department)
Harry's Side Kick Brian Lynch (Morecambe and Wise ?)
Michael Sanders (Electrical Department)
R.I.P. ALL above
Condolences to Family and Friends.

Some Homework for Sylvia ??
https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/  (new window)
Announcements + others ?

Apologies re PREVIOUS or OTHER obituaries .....

Email: mel@kitsoncollege.co.uk
Info / Pics of late colleagues please

Tel:  07740 282 567 (Mobile - preferred)

To all our friends we think about .................
  but don't make an effort to contact when we should

Around the corner I have a friend,
in this great city that has no end,
yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
and before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race.
He knows I like him just as well,
as in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then,
and now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
tired of trying to make a name.
'Tomorrow' I say! 'I will call on Jim
just to show that I'm thinking of him'.
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
and distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away,
'Here's a telegram sir,'
'Jim died today.'
and that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.

Remember to always say what you mean
If you love someone, tell them.
Don't be afraid to express yourself.
Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you.
Because when you decide that it is the right time it might be too late
Seize the day.  Never have regrets.
And, most importantly, stay close to your friends and family ....
.... for they have helped make you the person you are today.


Success is not final; Failure is not fatal:
It is the courage to continue that counts
El éxito no es para siempre; El fracaso no es fatal: solo el coraje para continuar es lo que cuenta !!


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