Anon., (2004). Obituaries, Bull Croydon Nat Hist Sci Soc, 122: 19-20.


Michael David BASS

Michael Bass died on 6 January 2003. He was, before he retired, a physics lecturer at Croydon College, and an active member of St. Augustine's Church, South Croydon, where his funeral was held on 29 January. The Society was represented, as were other friends and members of the church. His interests included amateur radio, and preserved and operational railways. The Society benefits under his will.

John Maxwell SHERWOOD [1916 - 2002]

John Sherwood, an Honorary Member of the Society, died on 8 November 2002. He served for many years, from April 1953 onwards, as the Society's Hon. Lanternist (the office was renamed Hon. Projectionist from May 1959), turning out reliably and on time in all weathers for all meetings as required, usually on an equally reliable motorcycle. This at times meant several meetings each week. On his retirement in this capacity, he was made an Honorary Member (on 7 March 1967) in recognition of his long years of service. Latterly he lived at Caterham. Friends and relatives attending the funeral sent a donation to the Society in his memory.

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Alan B L REID [1914 - 2002]

Alan Reid, an Honorary Member of the Society, died on 6 October 2002, aged 88. He was born on 31 March 1914, and was a teacher for most of his life, and taught geography and history at, at one time or another, Stanley Technical School (South Norwood) and Caterham School. He was an active member of the Society's Archaeology Section in the 1950s, and elected an Honorary Member in recognition of his archaeological excavation work, especially in connection with the Waddon Caves. His paper 'The excavation of a fourth cave at Waddon' was published as Proc. Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society 12(2), 144 - 150. The Society's archives also contain his ms. 'Report of work of Archaeology Section of CNHSS, 1956 - 57'. His wife Vicki taught English and drama at Shirley Secondary School.

On leaving Croydon he moved to Bristol, and taught at the Gordano School in Portishead, where he was instrumental in excavating the Bronze Age 'Boy Septimus' (so named from having been found on the seventh day of the seventh month) whose remains were preserved in the Bristol Museum.

He and his wife eventually retired to Wareham (Dorset), as both enjoyed sailing. He served as Mayor of Wareham in 1989 - 90.

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