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Old 27th Nov 2017, 12:05 am   #21
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Oh this is sad news , I noticed he had been quiet on the forum lately.
I met him at the NVCF about 3 years ago and had a nice little chat with him.
A very knowledgeable chap who really knew what he was talking about and I will miss reading about his tv restorations.


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Old 27th Nov 2017, 12:35 am   #22
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Oh dear! A loss not only of a fine TV restorer but a real gentleman as well.

He won't be forgotten in any hurry here.

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Old 27th Nov 2017, 1:02 am   #23
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I had known that Brian was ill but this news came as a shock none the less. Brian's collection and his expertise were well known. As others have said, he was a real gent. I only had the pleasure to meet him in person once, at Royal Wootton Bassett. More recently, he really helped me by sending a manual - just a few minutes after my inquiry - for the HMV 904.

We shall miss you Brian. RIP.

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Old 27th Nov 2017, 7:25 am   #24
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Thanks for letting us know Jeremy. I like others hadn't met Brian but had contact with him through VRAT.
I echo the other comments made here. Please pass on my condolences to his family.

Fare thee well Brian, sad to see you go, Andy.
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Old 27th Nov 2017, 9:20 pm   #25
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Very sad to hear this. Rest in peace Brian and thank you.
My thoughts to his family for their sad loss.

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Old 27th Nov 2017, 11:25 pm   #26
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In common with many of us, I knew Brian both as a friend and as a unique genius of restoration. Not only in the field of TV but in almost anything other mechanical discipline, he was the consummate expert, and so generous, when asked, to offer advice and help.
His spirit in the face of illness was quite remarkable and an example I for one would struggle to emulate.

His courage, wonderful sense of humour and impish wit will be my abiding memory of him.

Sad condolences to Sarah and his family.

RIP Brian

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Old 30th Nov 2017, 6:25 pm   #27
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After a few days briefly visiting the forum and not properly looking around, I am also deeply saddened to learn of Brian's passing.

When I started this hobby of TV restorations, I hadn't really gone the usual way of entering it (via basic electronic circuits to radio then TV), I more or less jumped straight from building circuits to restoring a Philips 485U (a mammoth task for any beginner!). Even though I did antagonise a few members - including Brian - at first due to my ignorance and lack of experience and of taking the (with hindsight, foolish) decision to restore such a complicated TV as a first restoration, he was one of a number of members on both this forum and VRAT who persevered with me and helped me with my early restorations. And when I look further back, I can see I wasn't the only one to receive his (and others') guidance, all of whom went on to enjoy the hobby, most of whom are still involved in it today. He was a fountain of wisdom and knowledge who was always willing to help.

If I was to have an abiding memory of him, it was our political discussions (via PM, of course), we could debate from dawn till dusk and still keep it civilised no matter how passionate we were about a subject. Sadly I never got to meet him in person - the side effect of being contracted to work every weekend with two mid-week days off with no driving licence meant I stood little chance of attending any forum or society meetups, especially as we were at virtually opposite ends of the country.

I don't think the forum or the wider hobby will ever forget Brian!

Condolences to Sarah and family.

RIP Brian.

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Old 30th Nov 2017, 8:40 pm   #28
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My condolences to his friends and family.R.I.P.

What an excellent video a very talented man indeed.
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Old 2nd Dec 2017, 10:02 am   #29
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Very sad news, Brian very kindly sent me spares for two TV's I was restoring and was extremely helpful with sending photos of his set.
A true gentleman who will be sadly missed.

My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

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Old 2nd Dec 2017, 2:29 pm   #30
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Brian's wife Sarah has asked me to let everyone know that Brian's funeral will be later this week. Please PM me if you would like to attend and need further information.
All the best
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Old 4th Dec 2017, 9:17 pm   #31
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Oh dear very sad another contemporary gone.
I met Brian about 1974/5 when he was at Ampex GB (great firm) in the Systems Dept, and got on with him immediately. Crossed paths again when he and Dave McGregor (YTV) formed TSL originally based in Bracknell. Supplied a fair amount of kit to them as they grew.
So sorry to hear this. Jeremy would you PM funeral details please

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Old 4th Dec 2017, 9:24 pm   #32
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Brian's location is "Burghfield, Reading, Berkshire, UK", which may be useful for those considering attending his funeral as it is likely to be in that area.

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Old 5th Dec 2017, 12:09 am   #33
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Very sad news, I've known Brian for a number of years and seen his skills in action at his house on the Gec and Pye pre war television restorations.
Always very kind to help especially with the notes he sent me on Pre war Pye television design.
My condolences to Sarah and the family.

RIP Brian,

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Old 6th Dec 2017, 12:08 pm   #34
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So sorry to hear this sad news, very much one of the originals on this forum. A lovely tribute from Mike at RWB on Sunday brought it all home.
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Old 7th Dec 2017, 9:25 am   #35
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I just read this, and dreaded it for a long time. I'm very sorry to hear this news.
I've always had a most pleasant contact with Brian.

May he rest in peace and be kept warm in our memories.

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Old 7th Dec 2017, 10:44 am   #36
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RIP Brian and my condolences to his wife and family. This is a sad loss for us all.
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Old 7th Dec 2017, 10:49 am   #37
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I'm sorry to hear that, condolences to all concerned.

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Old 7th Dec 2017, 11:34 pm   #38
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I didn't know Brian but he gave a Royal Television Society filmed lecture available on youtube which gives an insight into the man and an idea of his standing in the vintage world
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Old 8th Dec 2017, 12:18 am   #39
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I understand Brians funeral was today.

A few who knew Brian far better than I gave him a good sendoff as I understand it.

Met Brian only a couple of times but was in awe of his pre war TV work.

I know it comes to to us all but for we that remain respect to the man who went before and his family.

So many of the greats have passed on in the last couple of years it makes me dispair who will take up the batton and keep the interest in this 30's technoloy into the next century.


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Old 9th Dec 2017, 12:24 am   #40
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I've also only just found out about Brian's passing.
He was so knowledgable and generous with his time. Without his help I would have never got my HMV set to look as original as it does, due to the EMI style tag strips that he made for me.

I had the chance to meet him at Harpenden in September where we swapped parts and stories. I had only known Brian for a year or so, but I do feel I've lost a friend, a true gentleman.

We are endebted to Brian for bringing some rare sets back from the brink. The GEC mirror lid TV is one of several sets that form part of his legacy of sets saved for future generations.

He will be very much missed on this forum.

My condolences to his wife and family.

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