A place in cyberspace where we honour and remember Friends who are sadly no longer with us.
John Young was the oldest member of TAFN at 91. He was a real gentleman who participated in TAFN frequently, despite his arthritis & blindness and other problems. John was also a keen sailor in his day, and was also part of the "Blindness and the Blitz" project as someone who had a visually impaired sargeant in the Home Guard (LDV) during world war two. A special memorial event was held for John on Sunday 29th April which was recorded and can be listened to via the following link. John Young tribute event in M3U format (duration 44 minutes approx)
Our sincere condolences to John's family and all his friends.
Sadly we lost Kevin Oliver from Roehampton, London in March 2012, following a difficult struggle with serious illness in St George's hospital. Kevin was an active TAFN member who particpated in our online events, and had a number of online friends. Our sincere condolences to Kevin's family and friends at this difficult time.
Jim Lidstone was a keen, popular and active TAFN member - our second oldest! - from Enfield in North London who we sadly left this world in January 2012 following a long struggle with illness. An online memorial tribute event was held for Jim on our communicator server which was well attended. We will be updating more information here soon, but in the meantime would like to express our sincere condolences to all of Jim's family and friends at this sad time.
We also heard that not long after Jim passed away, his wife Barbara to whom he was utterly devoted, passed away also. Our sincere condolences to the whole Lidstone family.
Sadly Martin Tonge from Hertfordshire passed away just before Christmas 2011. Martin was the husband of our former chairperson Audrey Tonge, and we wish to express our sincerest condolences to her, to Martin's family, and to all of Martin's online friends. A live online memorial event was held on our voice server in Martin's honour which was hosted by Ian White. Thanks everyone for your messages of support.
Christine Weetman was an active TAFN member who lived in Lancashire. Her family and friends were deeply shocked when she passed away suddenly from a coronary condition in December 2010.
Christine was deafblind and a braille display user, who hosted text based quizzes on the TAFN server, and had many online friends. She had also taken part in our talent night event with her husband Peter, and she particularly enjoyed attending the second CAMEO weekend that was held in summer 2010. An online memorial service was held for Christine, and messages of support and condolence came in from the blind community all across the UK.
Christine's family kindly arranged a memorial donation to the TAFN charity and we would like to express our sincere thanks to them, along with our heartfelt condolences.
Obituary notice for Christine, from the Blackpool Gazette
Sadly we learned that Linda Caygill from Hartlepool, who was a TAFN member, passed away in July 2010 following a long struggle with illness. TAFN would like to extend our warm condolences to all of Linda's family and friends.
Obituarys for Linda Caygill
T.A.F.N. members were devastated to hear that Ted O'Dwyer sadly passed away in December 2009. Ted was a well-liked, friendly and good humoured man of incredible character who made a real difference, and news of his passing was a shock to his many friends online. Messages of support flooded in to our mailing lists, and a minute's silence was observed at our Christmas party in honour and rememberance of this wonderful man who meant so much to so many. We would like to express our sincerest condolences to all of Ted's friends and family at this difficult time. Tribute to Ted O'Dwyer
It is with deep regret that we announce the sad loss of Bill Cox, who was a TAFN member in our early days. Bill was an octogenarian who had been a guide dog owner for 50 years, having had 8 dogs during that time. He was also well known for his social work with other blind people and in particular for his services to tape and audio services during the 1970s and 80s. Many people passed on their best wishes via our mailing lists, and TAFN would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Bill's wife Beryl, and to all of his family and friends.
Bill was a member of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers. Obituary for Bill Cox
Geoff Grant from Leicestershire was formerly our Treasurer and a hard working TAFN volunteer with many online friends. He left this world in May 2007. Click here to view the Geoff Grant tribute page.
We sadly lost Dick Craig from Ireland, in January 2007. Apart from being an active TAFN member, who placed 4th overall in our 2006 quizzes, Dick was also a member of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society, who have published an online obituary. In lieu of flowers TAFN made a donation to the Irish Guide Dogs Association, in Dick's honour. Our sincere condolences to all of Dick Craig's relatives and friends.
We lost TAFN member Michael Insole from Kent, who despite having only recently joined us was a very popular & nice person who also volunteered for our Fundraising Team. Michael's funeral was on 3rd February 2006 and again we sent a floral tribute, again this was a very sad loss and our Condolences to Michael's wife and family.
We lost Martin Green from Cambridgeshire, who volunteered for TAFN in online drama's and was a brilliant computer programmer who taught braille in the prison service. Martin's funeral was on 23rd November 2005 in Peterborough and TAFN did send a floral tribute. Martin was a fantastic and caring guy and we'd also like to send our condolences to HIS friends and family.
Chris Cant from Hull, East Yorkshire was one of our co-founders and our first ever Chairman. He left this world in November 2005. Click here to visit the Chris Cant tribute page.
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