Battersea Ringers are extremely sad to report that Fred Benn, a life member of the Association, died on Monday 10th August 2015.
Fred was the longest serving ringer at Battersea having joined the Band at St.Mary’s in 1964. At the time his friends at school, Michael Uphill and Bob Cooles, were ringing at St.Mary’s Putney.
Although Fred moved away to Plaistow in the early 1980s when he married Brenda, he maintained his membership of the Battersea band and was faithful in his attendance on Monday nights and on other occasions such as Sunday evening quarters, occasional weddings and outings.
Always encouraging of learners and proficient himself he was a key member of the band. Not very enthusiastic about ringing peals, although he did ring a couple, he was much more interested in quarters, particularly if they advanced someone along the road to technical skill. With a wide interest in all that goes on in the world his conversation was always stimulating and sought after.
We will miss him very much.
These are some thoughts about Fred from the Battersea ringers.
I’ll miss his patience and humour and all his football talk…
So very sad that Fred has gone. He was a lovely man, very kind and so helpful to other ringers and with such a wide range of interests. How he will be missed.
I can imagine his presence in the belfry on Mondays. He will be hugely missed, not just for his unique sense of humour and his larger than life personality, but also for the huge contribution he made to the ringing at St. Mary’s over more than 50 years.
Fred was a wonderful man from my point of view. He was kind, reliable, with an enquiring mind…. I loved his knowledge of old Battersea and without any side. Telling me how he moved from one condemned building to the next building which also got condemned. I shall treasure my memories of him.
Please remember him in your prayers.
Caroline and the Battersea ringers.