In Memoriam: Alan Bond
[Alan’s Funeral and Reception Details (click)]
In Memoriam: It is with great sadness that I write to let you all know that Alan Bond passed away during the night of Friday 26th July.
I know that many of you have known Alan for far longer than the few short years in which he and I became good friends and indeed business colleagues. All of you, I am sure, will have been touched by his encyclopaedic knowledge of anything to do with electronics at some time or other during your many boat builds when you had a problem which needed solving or needed some advice on how to proceed. I started talking to Alan a few years ago about wishing to learn more about electronics and he readily agreed to teach me the black arts of Picaxe, Arduino and PCB design. He was a marvellous teacher and I will always be grateful for his patience when my miserable efforts only managed to get the “must do better” email! He could also be a stern taskmaster when he wished and did not suffer fools gladly.
Although he occasionally came to the pond with his fishing boat (equipped with a rather large speaker for demonstrating his model boat sound effects), he was also a passionate enthusiast of model aeroplanes and motorbikes. He was particularly interested in competition timers for national, and indeed international, aero-modelling disciplines and it was this success that led to him asking me to take over the manufacturing side of his Forge Electronics. I was very happy to do so and this gave him more time to develop new projects both for the boats and aeroplanes. He was also able to attend more of his motor bike racing events. Some of you will know of his background as a scrutineer of the very highest standard of motorbike racing, namely the world championships.
Alan was very generous with his time and knowledge and we will all miss him at the pond and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.