Obituary - Michael Andrew Edmonds
Parish Councillor Michael Edmonds who had the distinction of serving on both Aldbourne and Baydon Parish Councils died at his home in Aldbourne after a seven month fight with mesothelioma last weekend. The electronics engineer and former RAF navigator who was 78, had taken a keen interest in village politics since moving to the village with his artist wife, Alison in 1983.
Many will remember Michael’s campaign to reduce the speed of traffic through Aldbourne by buying his own interactive speed warning device which was erected in gardens in the village’s busy entrances, on West Street, South Street and Oxford Street until Highways officials ordered its removal.
Born in Chelsea, London, he was the son of a Spectator journalist and from prep school he continued and completed his education at Repton and then did his National Service in the Royal Air Force, staying in the RAF for 20 years, rising to Squadron Leader. He went to Winnipeg in Canada for pilot training but decided to be a navigator instead, however he later gained his pilot’s licence in 1966. After leaving the air force he took up gliding and flew in national club class competitions. Michael was also a keen diver and in 1962 led an RAF expedition to the Aeolian Islands near Malta, and also to Dingle, in the Irish Republic where his team discovered the wreck of the Santa del Rosa that had sailed with the Spanish Armada.
After leaving the RAF he went to work for Plessey Electronics in Towcester and then for Channel Electrical Equipment in Thatcham, becoming managing director. He retired in 1990.
Michael is survived by his two sons Angus and Douglas, five grandchildren, and one brother, as well as wife Alison, who is also an Aldbourne Parish Councillor.
The Funeral Service for Michael Andrew Edmonds will be held at 11:00am at St Michael’s Church Aldbourne on Wednesday 15th August 2012.
Family flowers only please.
Afterwards at the Old School Room.
Source: The Gazette & Herald
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