It is with great sadness that I must record the passing of Jules Thomson G8PJL who passed away at home on March 8, 2013, after a long battle against cancer.
Jules was AMSAT-UK Honorary Treasurer since volunteering for the post in July 2008. He also served on the committee since that time. Sadly in the months before his passing, his health deteriorated to such an extent that at the end of last year, he felt he could no longer continue with the Hon Treasurer’s duties.
Jules was born in London in 1938, and studied natural sciences and engineering at Oxford before joining the Royal Air Force. After leaving the RAF, he became a councillor and eventually Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council.
Jules was a founder member of the Sonning Common branch of the Green Gym movement. Members of Green Gym’s meet regularly to promote fitness, health and wellbeing by undertaking conservation activities such as tree planting, hedge laying, fences, gateways, etc. Jules held various positions in the group including secretary and chairman.
Jules was a fervent supporter of AMSAT and a member of AMSAT-UK for many years. He was particularly interested in and supportive of our FUNcube project, and talked about it with his family and non radio friends a great deal. Towards the end of his life, he mentioned more than once that he would be very sad to miss the launch!
Jules leaves a widow, Margaret, and two sons Alex and Guy, to whom we send our deepest condolences.
Jim Heck G3WGM
Hon Sec AMSAT-UK