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Old 24th Dec 2014, 10:01 pm   #61
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I did have the pleasure of visiting the museum and meeting Gerry some years ago some years ago and a very interesting and knowledgeable man he was. I made a video recording while there including an interview with Gerry which someone kindly offered to copy on to CD for me but its still sitting here somewhere. Unfortunately its only a VHS copy of the original tape so the quality wont be brilliant but if anyone can make an electronic copy I would be quite happy to make it available to the forum.

His death is a sad loss to the vintage radio fraternity and of course to his relatives and friends and I offer my sincere condolences.

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Old 25th Dec 2014, 3:49 pm   #62
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Condolences to the family of Gerry Wells, I never met him which was my misfortune.
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Old 25th Dec 2014, 3:54 pm   #63
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Its so sad to hear of Gerry Wells, I am sure many members will miss his services, I would like to pass on my thoughts to his family and I am sure they must feel it especially at this time of year.. God Bless you Gerry.

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Old 25th Dec 2014, 9:23 pm   #64
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My condolences to his friends and family for this sad news.
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Old 25th Dec 2014, 9:44 pm   #65
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I would have liked to have met Gerry, sadly, that will now never be.
It is horrible when people pass away close to Christmas-time.
RIP Gerry, one day we may meet in another life.
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Old 26th Dec 2014, 12:12 pm   #66
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Rest in peace Gerry.
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Old 26th Dec 2014, 4:34 pm   #67
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Sad to hear of Gerry's passing ,
I always hoped to visit the museum and meet Gerry but never got the chance.
God bless you Gerry and rest in peace.
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Old 26th Dec 2014, 4:36 pm   #68
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I met Gerry once, about 1996, I was privileged. May he rest in peace.
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Old 26th Dec 2014, 11:40 pm   #69
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We took a sad looking KB666 found at a car boot, to see Gerry, way back in the mid 1990s.
He brought it back to life and it is in regular use to this day!

Then, we found a Round Ekco AC76 for a fiver in a sad state, in the same kind of venue and again he breathed life into it.
Sadly, I lent it to a museum and some undefinable individual messed with it and so it came home silent once more.

Gerry was a one-off. A genial genius. He saved a truly important segment of our industrial and cultural heritage. For the first time in human history people could hear the distant world around them from the comfort of their homes just by the turn of a switch. Just a tiny percentage of this revolutionary technology from the twentieth century, survives today and far, far less would be available for future generations to see if it were not for the far sighted Gerry Wells.
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Old 27th Dec 2014, 7:39 am   #70
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Very sad to read about Gerry's passing. I never met him or corresponded with him but he must have been a true gentleman who was so passionate about what he loved. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP
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Old 27th Dec 2014, 11:20 am   #71
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Gerry WAS vintage electronics. I was always interested in 'electrics' but was fascinated to see him easily repair a vintage radio on Esther Rantzens BBC Sunday night programme, 'That's Life', back in the late 1970's.

Apparently, this set could not be repaired at all. It was taken to Gerry who promptly repaired it in a couple of minutes. This fuelled my interest in vintage technology, and for that I offer belated thanks.

It was always my intention to visit Gerry and the museum, always 'one day'. My loss.

If nothing else, a hard lesson learnt of which, I am sure, we could all take heed. Never put off for tomorrow what can be done today.

R I P. Gerry. Your legacy, knowledge and enthusiasm will continue to know no bounds to those of us you have enthralled.


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Old 27th Dec 2014, 1:34 pm   #72
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I knew about the Museum long before I ever met Gerry. I had donated a small item to the museum years ago and it was not until relatively recently that I started to visit. In retrospect I wish I had gone more often. Gerry was always there in his trademark lab coat smiling at visitors and ever ready with good advice, reminisces, spare parts and tea.
He was the perfect ambassador for all that is good about appreciating our technological past.
He has impacted so many lives and left behind a wonderful legacy of both equipment and friendship.
I am proud to have become a Museum "Friend" and fundraiser.
RIP Gerry and all best wishes to Eileen as she goes through this difficult time.
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Old 27th Dec 2014, 5:16 pm   #73
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I'm very sorry, especially now, not to have met Gerry. Circumstances in preceding years precluded this sadly. However I particularly enjoyed his book "Obsession" and will read it again now, "in respect" so to speak. He left us with a priceless legacy.
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Old 27th Dec 2014, 11:22 pm   #74
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I only met Gerry once but was very impressed by the man and the wonderful legacy of stories and his museum collection that he has left for us.

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Old 28th Dec 2014, 9:59 am   #75
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Having been off line over the Xmas week, I've only just heard this very sad news.

I'm glad I had the pleasure of meeting such a wonderful man who was much to my own heart.

He'll never be forgotten in the world of vintage radio.

Our condolences to Gerry's friends and family - R I P Gerry.
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Old 28th Dec 2014, 5:06 pm   #76
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So sorry to hear about this. I'm lucky enough to have had the privilege of taking the tour of the Museum a few years ago with a friend who was visiting from a foreign country. Due to my friend's tight schedule Gerry fitted us in with only a day or so's notice and gave us a fascinating tour, demo'd the RGD TV in the living room, and signed copies of his book and DVD for us. A true gent, gone but will certainly never be forgotten by the vintage radio community.

My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
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Old 28th Dec 2014, 5:29 pm   #77
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I didn't know Gerry Wells, but of course I read articles about him, and I have visited BVWS in Dulwich.
I extend my sympathy and condolences to his wife Eileen and al his family. May his soul Rest In Peace. John.
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Old 28th Dec 2014, 6:05 pm   #78
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I meet Gerry a few times over the years and went with a group of friends to visit his museum in the 1990s.
Anyone who has not been to the museum, I can highly recommend it.
Gerry was a great ambassador for the BVWS and will be missed but not forgotten.
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Old 28th Dec 2014, 6:16 pm   #79
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I extend my sympathy and condolences to his wife Eileen and al his family. May his soul Rest In Peace. John.
Just to set the record straight, Eileen wasn't his wife

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Old 29th Dec 2014, 1:28 pm   #80
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