Bill Marshall 1935-2014.
Bill died at home in the early morning of March 3rd with his family in attendance. He had been a faithful member of Medway Fossil and Mineral Society for many years and a committee member for the last few, only resigning last October due to ill health. His particular interest was in fossil wood, and , though he attended several field trips when he was able, collecting some interesting material, most of which he then gave away to 'more deserving people'.
His particular strength on the committee, and even before he was a committee member, was as 'enforcer' for the chairman, reminding him of what needed doing and telephoning most members whenever a good audience was required for an outside speaker. He was keen that we had a good number of speakers and, in conjunction with Ann Barrett, ensured that we got them.
Every summer he hosted the annual BBQ and social in his well-kept garden.
Much of the refreshment was supplied by him and his wife Marion, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
When the asbestosis finally caught up with him, he continued to attend, even though the short walk from the car to the hall required a 5 minute rest half way, even with his oxygen cylinder. This fact alone attests to his commitment to the Society. He will be greatly missed.