It is with great sadness that I have learnt that our former Chairman Tony Noyes has sadly passed away earlier today. Our thoughts are with Christina and Tony's family at this most difficult time.. As we become aware of the families' wishes regarding Tony's funeral we will update members.
Tony's funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium at 1.20pm on 26 June 2012. The arrangements are being made by Dilnot Smith and Son, Walmer, and the phone number is 01304 380 914. Barham is north of Dover, just off the A2, and Christina believes that this is an appropriate place for Tony as Barham Down was the site of many military camps during the Great War.
Please do not send flowers. If you would like to make a donation in Tony's memory, please send it to The Pilgrims' Hospice, Thanet. The Funeral Director has the details.
Tony Noyes was born in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1939 and, after leaving grammar school, was apprenticed to be a Civil Engineer. He retired in 2005 after completing 50 years in the industry.
He joined the WFA in its earliest days and soon joined the committee, serving as Branch Coordinator, Vice-Chairman and, later, Chairman. He believed his first duty as Chairman should be to organize the attendance of the Association and its members at the Cenotaph on November 11th and to restore the two minute silence at 11am. This would be followed by a Service of Remembrance at the Guards' Chapel. Held for the first time in 1994, this ceremony has struck a national chord and similar ceremonies are now held in many places across the UK.
After several years of leading the Cenotaph ceremony, Tony took over from Lt Col Graham Parker as Parade Marshall for the Poppy Parade at Ypres on November 11th, a position he held for several years.
Tony was elected a Vice President of the Association at the AGM in 2010, a position he held until his sad passing today.