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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 1:09 pm   #1
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Default Gerry Wells 1929 - 2014

As communicated here, Gerry Wells died late on the 22nd December.

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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 1:15 pm   #2
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I'm sorry to hear this. Gerry will be greatly missed by the vintage technology fraternity.

I have had limited contact with Gerry over the years, but have always appreciated any technical advice he has given me on those occasions.

My thoughts go particularly to Eileen at this time as well as the rest of the museum team.
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 1:19 pm   #3
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 1:23 pm   #4
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The museum will not seem the same without Gerry and his chats whilst having a tea at the kitchen table.
Condolences to those near to him.
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 1:25 pm   #5
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I'd heard a week or so ago that Gerry was very poorly, but the sad news still came as a great shock. I first 'met' Gerry on the phone in about 1979 when without even seeing the set he told me exactly what would be wrong with my faulty Baird Everyman TV. He was right to the detail. I enjoyed several of the Friday evening get togethers at his house and museum in the early 80s and was always amazed at how he never seemed to tire of being questioned about faulty sets and vintage radio matters in general. He was such a helpful man. His legacy is the wonderful museum and the thousands of people he has helped and inspired. RIP Gerry.
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 1:35 pm   #6
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What a shock.

I only met him once, and consider myself very fortunate indeed to have done so. He was a fascinating character and made me and my wife feel very at home.

We will certainly miss him and I can't imagine the museum without him.

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Sad news indeed. Sincere condolences to family, and to those who knew him personally.
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 1:37 pm   #8
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I met Gerry only once, a couple of years ago when he showed me around, and I would have liked to meet him again.

But I know there are very many people who knew him well, that he has helped, and who will miss him greatly, and that says a lot.

RIP Gerry Wells, and condolances to Eileen and everyone else at the Museum.
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 1:42 pm   #9
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A sad loss to the wireless collecting community and passing of a great expert and preservationist.
Rest in Peace,
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I receieved a phone call early this morning of the sad news of Gerrys passing and was also aware from the BVWM news letter that he was in hospital. Eileen I understand was with him. I knew Gerry very well years ago when he turned up at Harpenden in his old escort van and thankfully bought various VHA tapes of him with some great interviews on etc.

Gerry was an unforgetable great character to all who met him.

RIP Gerry and my condolances to Eileen and all who knew him.
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 1:48 pm   #11
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Sad news indeed. My condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 2:12 pm   #12
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Very sad news. Always a pleasure to talk to. Someone once said give Gerry a valve and he would build a radio round it. Great to of known him. He will be missed by us all.
My condolences to Eileen and the family.
RIP Gerry.
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 2:13 pm   #13
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Sad news indeed. I only met him once, but he was happy to spend time talking to me at the kitchen table. I have always admired people who are knowledgable and enthusiastic,and Gerry was very obviously both.
RIP Gerry, rest assured you will not be forgotten, and condolences to all at the museum.
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Sad news, a great loss; I was never privileged to meet Gerry but no-one who saw him on TV could fail to warm to a great character full of knowledge and enthusiasm. I believe he was the 'face' of vintage electronics for many. I shall remember him fondly in full 'regalia' - the lab coat, pen and small terminal screwdriver in top pocket.

My condolences to his family and friends.
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Eileen, Peter Sanders and myself were at Gerry's bedside last night. We left Eileen around 8pm who remained with him till the peaceful end.
Over the past twelve months, regular visitors to the museum realized that Gerry's health was failing but during this period Gerry remained his old self, interested in all things vintage.
For decades Eileen has taken care of Gerry's needs, preparing food, taking him to the hospital for checks, cleaning the museum, arranging visits from the public, garden parties, music nights and a thousand other demands that only the friends of the museum would be aware.
During this sad period I feel that for just this once, Eileen needs a little time to herself and I would suggest that you refrain from phoning the museum untill the official requirements have been completed. R.I.P. Gerry. John.
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Old 23rd Dec 2014, 2:31 pm   #16
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Default Re: Gerry Wells 1929 - 2014

Gerry - the radio man - the character - the legend-in-his-own-lifetime. There will be no shortage of things by which to remember the energy, skill and above all the fun that Gerry put into the world of radio. I've certainly got some wonderful recollections of projects, schemes, adventures with valves, as he showed me the ropes of vintage electronics back in the 1980s. We owe a debt of gratitude to Eileen and the wireless museum team, for looking after Gerry and helping make the museum what it is. But Gerry was a man as well as a museum, a good friend and mentor, and generous to a fault. RIP Gerry, and thank you!
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Sad news indeed.

I had the great pleasure of attending a number of the Sunday Workshops that Gerry used to run at the museum. His knowledge and memory in those days was incredible, he could tell you not only the valve line up of virtually any set, but resistor and capacitor values too.
And the many ammusing stories of old that would be told to a group of us over Sunday dinner. Many happy and fond memories will survive.

He was a true Gentleman of the old school, having grown up in different times set with different values, helping us 'youngsters' appreciate more how things were in those good old days.

Condolances to family and friends, he will have left a big hole in manys peoples lives, I'm sure.
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Thatís sad news indeed, my condolences to his family and friends.

My Wife and I visited the Museum back in October and realized the state of Gerryís health but I have to say he was in good spirits with a smile on his face and thatís how Iíll remember him.

My thoughts also go out to Eileen who is an absolute diamond.

Terry & Debbie.
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Sad News, Gerry has helped me over the years, and I was lucky to meet him at one of the North West Radio meeting. RIP Gerry.

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Eileen, Peter Sanders and myself were at Gerry's bedside last night. We left Eileen around 8pm who remained with him till the peaceful end.
Over the past twelve months, regular visitors to the museum realized that Gerry's health was failing but during this period Gerry remained his old self, interested in all things vintage.
For decades Eileen has taken care of Gerry's needs, preparing food, taking him to the hospital for checks, cleaning the museum, arranging visits from the public, garden parties, music nights and a thousand other demands that only the friends of the museum would be aware.
During this sad period I feel that for just this once, Eileen needs a little time to herself and I would suggest that you refrain from phoning the museum untill the official requirements have been completed. R.I.P. Gerry. John.
I have copied this post to the announcement thread as I feel the request for time and space belongs there too, and John said it perfectly.
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