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John Douglas Wilson, MBE
9 February 1921 – 12 September 2008
John Chapple remembers a very active and appreciated beekeeper
JOHN WAS born in 1921 in the Middlesex Federation of
Beekeepers. From 1975 heEgham, Surrey, where he
wrote a column for Thespent his childhood. In
Forager, the Association’sthe 1930s his father, a
pharmacist, bought a He was interested in all
shop in Northfields Road, forms of nature and had a
Ealing, where the family knowledge second to none
grew up. of the environment around
After leaving school, John him. He not only knew the
served his apprenticeship common names of trees
as an electrician. He was and plants but also their
called up into the RAF in Latin names. He had a thirst
1942 and served in India for knowledge that would events in the area and for would greet him.
until 1947. On returning take him to many meetings all the tips and information The beekeeping world has
home he started keeping and organisations where he he willingly passed on to lost a great man.
bees and joined the Ealing would not only give talks us. He always had a
John’s funeral onBeekeepers' Association. but listen to talks to the humorous comment to
very end. He was also a make and the warmth of his 26 September at
While in hospital with regular member of The personality made him St Thomas’ Church,
appendicitis, he met Helen, Ealing Wildlife Trust and the someone we always wanted Hanwell, was taken by
a student nurse. They Allotment Society. to speak to. Wherever he Revd Peter Andrews, a
married in December 1949 went he had friends who fellow beekeeper.The Queen honoured John
and had three children. with an MBE for services to
OBITUARIESEven with this commitment, beekeeping and this was
John became secretary of It is with great sadness that we report the death of Ianpresented to him by Prince
the Beekeepers’ Association Beaty of Bedfordshire Beekeepers' Association. A tribute toCharles on 14 June 2003.
and then became more this remarkable beekeeper will follow in a future issue. The
involved with beekeeping, We have lost one of our Association has also reported the death of its former
being on the Executive of most interesting and Chairman, Alan Sunman.
the National Honey Show capable beekeepers from Sadly, we have to report the death of Gladys Mundy, wife
and the Central Association the Middlesex area. We will of Bill Mundy, Chief Show Supervisor of the National Honey
of Beekeepers. He was also sorely miss John at our local Show.
Ealing’s representative on meetings and the major Our condolences to all families and friends.
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