Re: Sad news I'm afraid.
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Hello again Everyone,
One thing I should of course also have mentioned about Francis is his organisation of several very successful GEO Symposium's at the National Space Centre with Nadine at his side and attended by engineers/specialists and representatives from our friends at EUMETSAT who always gave us informative and interesting presentations.
Which added enormously to our 'GEO members day.'
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Subject: [SatSignal] Sad news I'm afraid.
GEO members, RIG members and RadComm members and many more I expect.
I'm very sorry to have to tell you that Francis (Frank) Bell died last Thursday.
Many of you will know or have met Francis at both RIG and GEO rallies over many years and remember two great and very well attended RIG Conferences and AGM organised by Francis and hosted by the Royal Grammar School in Guildford where he was a master.
Francis also ran a very successful WXSAT receiving station at the Grammar School back in the 'good old days' of WEFAX/APT which was very well supported and used by the students.
For the management team of GEO we have lost a good friend, colleague and the focus point for GEO.
For a long time after the formation of GEO, 'committee' meetings were held at Francis's house with a big garden in Godalming and Nadine his wife kept us very well fed and 'watered' the day long.
Often we didn't leave till after 10 o/c at night with some longer distance committee members staying overnight at the house as our hosts, Nadine and Francis, looked after us so well.
Happy days and very happy memories.
The GEO management team and many of you I'm sure would wish to send your condolences to Nadine and the family.