Bill Clarke Licensed Aircraft Engineer
Sadly Bill passed away on 2nd February 2017. My sincere condolences go out to his wife Angela, sons Phil, Laurence and Matt, daughters Helen and Lizzie, family, friends and former colleagues.
Bill on a visit to Brooklands Museum.
From Ian Lucas
Very sad news to hear of Bill Clarke's passing. I knew and worked with Bill from the early seventies up and till when I retired in 2003, I believe Bill retired at the same time. We were both on the same shift in the RRU from 1989-1995.
A genuinely nice person a real gentleman. He could be relied upon and would support others as and when they needed it. It goes without saying he was really great engineer. It was a real privilege to have known him, I can't stop thinking about him and the many times on quiet night shifts we used have long chats together; even visiting his farmhouse in the early 90's whilst on holiday with my family.
I would like send my heartfelt condolences to all his family at this sad time, I know he was very proud of his family often speaking about them. I am sure Bill will be remembered by many, it is a pity it is too far to travel for me to be at the funeral, but like many I will be there in thought. Thanks Bill for all you did for me, may you now rest easy.
From Bob Cooper
I was very sad to hear of the passing of Bill. I worked with him back in the BUA and early BCAL days. Bill was always a happy go lucky sort of chap and I seldom recall seeing him fed up or miserable. He was a real gent. My sincere condolences to his family, such a pity that I am unable to make it to his funeral, I shall be thinking of him at the time.
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Bill, a licensed aircraft engineer, spent his entire working life with the company, starting as a teenager with Transair at Croydon on 3rd September 1956, working through to BUA, BCAL and BA at Gatwick.
Although he worked on many aircraft he always had a great affection for the Dakota and the BAC 1-11. He particularly enjoyed his postings to Dusseldorf in the 1960s, working with Austrian Airlines on a 1-11 lease in 1975 and a secondment to Pacific Express in the States in 1982.
Bill retired to the West Country to be with his family but kept busy refurbishing his farmhouse as well as helping out with his sons' and daughters' houses. He also continued to help people through his community work.
Bill's service was held on 17th February 2017 at Christ The King Church, Thornbury in Bristol