lost members 2019-2020
The 2019-2020 season has been one of terrible loss of dear members of Aston & Erdington. Having tragically lost Graham Hodgkiss on Christmas Eve 2017 we didn't think could get much worse, but we were wrong.
Gloria Dent DPAGB, AFIAP, BPE2
Gloria suffered a stroke and she seemed to be on the road to a complete recovery only to succumb to a further fatal stroke days later in hospital on the 11th November 2019. She was our current President. She was elected for the first time as President in 1999 and again in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Gloria joined the club with husband Maurice in January 1995. She was also elected as External Programme Secretary, Internal Competition Secretary, Programme Secretary and served as our MCPF Delegate for a number of years.
She worked hard on her photography over the years she earned a CPAGB and then her DPAGB and also earned her AFIAP and BPE2 awards.
Gloria was a great asset and ambassador of the club and took her role as President very seriously. She even welcomed the committee to conduct the meeting in her dining room, and after the meetings a chat with both her and Maurice, a cup of tea and the best chocolate biscuits ever. She would be happy to come along to the Sutton Expo, where we would have a stall, and chat to people about photography in the wind and rain. We will all miss Gloria.
After a fight with illness and surgery we thought that Patrick Hickey had pulled through and was on his way to a good recovery only for him to pass away suddenly from a heart attack in 21st December 2019.
Patrick had been a member of A&EPS since 1983 and became a Life Member in 2008. He held various posts on the committee. He became President in 2002 and again in 2005. He also held other positions including Exhibition Secretary, Interclub Secretary, Internal and External Competitions Secretary and as our MCPF Delegate. Patrick was also instrumental in conducting Workshops on a Wednesday evening in which he would pass on his knowledge to help others.
He was the "go to man" when it came to giving advise to both new and older members. He would always step in if we were let down by speakers and come up with a talk for the evening. He also gave talks to other local clubs when asked.
He wasn't a bad photographer either, being the one to beat in competitions over the last few years. He was also an admirer of Apple's iPhone camera and often put images he had taken with his iPhone into competitions and won.
I certainly counted him as a friend and I think the rest on the member felt that way too, He has and will sorely be missed by all.
Frank was a long time member of Aston & Erdington until he left in 2015 to care for his wife.