A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode
To all CLHS Members, 13th March 2014
I am sorry to be the bearer of sad news but, as some of you will already know, one of our most popular and well-liked members, Brian Torode, passed away last week. Brian had been ill for some time but, nevertheless, it was a big shock when we heard the news of his death.
Brian had been an active member of Cheltenham Local History Society for many years, making a valuable contribution to the running of the Society both when on the committee and as an ordinary member. He was well-respected for his knowledge of the history of Cheltenham and was a popular speaker, entertaining us on more than one occasion with a lively and interesting talk. He was also very willing to share his knowledge with others and to encourage them to develop their interests in local history. He was, indeed, one of the most likeable people you could ever meet and he will be sorely missed by many people and by our Society. We send our best wishes and condolences to members of his family.
You may like to note that Brian’s funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday 19th March at St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Road, Cheltenham. This will be followed by a private burial. Donations may be made in his memory to St Stephen’s Church or to the charity Water Aid. These should be sent to the funeral directors, W S Trenhaile, at Apostle House, 175 London Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6HN.
Cheltenham Local History Society
The Cheltenham Local History Society, at its Committee Meeting on 30th April 2014, was unanimous in its decision to give this year’s Peter Smith Award to Brian Torode, posthumously, in recognition of his outstanding services to the society and his many contributions to the knowledge and understanding of local history.
On Tuesday 27th May 2014, Richard Barton was invited to the Society’s Annual General Meeting to receive the Award on behalf of his late friend. The £25 cheque for Water Aid was presented by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Simon Wheeler. Elaine North prepared a display about Brian’s life and, in conjunction with this tribute, a further £58 was raised for Water Aid in his memory.