For me the events of 2002 were overshadowed by the passing of my wife Jean on 23 December. Her cancer returned in the autumn. She accepted this gracefully and it was not long before she needed morphine. I was fortunate in being able to care for her at home because her niece, a senior cancer nurse in a Melbourne hospital flew over from Australia to nurse her Auntie for her last 6 weeks with us. Jean bore her illness with such courage and dignity. She never once complained and was so easy to please. Many of you have met Jean either at reunions or at our home and others have spoken with her on the phone. She was a great support to me in running the Association and she will be missed. The Association made a donation to the local hospice in her memory.
Sgt George Brodie, introduced by Lionel Boswell, was a Clerk/Secretary in the Forward Scatter Branch for about one year from August 1965 before joining Geographics Branch until February 1967 when he was relocated with AFCENTto Brunnsen where he spent a further year. This was followed by 2 years with the MOD in Whitehall and 5½ years at RAF Staff College (Unit) Bracknell before a posting to Gutesloh in Germany. After further UK postings George left the RAF and found employment with the Highland Regional Council, now the Highland Council where he still works. He is due to retire in 2 years, time. George who is single is the Secretary of the Bowling Club in his village of Avoch in Ross-shire.
After a long and extensive search Johnnie Day traced his AAFCE colleague Cpl Martin Maidens who served in the RAF Police at Camp Guynemer from October 1952 until April 1955. Martin saw out the rest of his service in the UK and was demobbed in September 1956 and embarked on a 2½ year Business Administration and Paper Manufacturing course with his new employers Spicers Ltd. In May 1959 Martin took off for USA to work in the Automotive Industry mainly with Volkswagen and Rover. In May 1963 Martin joined the Metropolitan Police and served in Soho, Mayfair, St James and South East London. Following injuries sustained on duty in 1973 and 1983 he retired on injury grounds in June 1985. Martin then joined the National Trust from which he retired in 1995. He now lives quietly with his wife Pattie in Biggin Hill.