Obituaries

6th October
2019
Diana Piper R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Sunday, 6th October 2019, of Diana Piper.
Diana will best be remembered by many, for having worked for CAP and Atos for well over 30 years as a Receptionist, across a number of different London offices. As one of the first people that any visitor to CAP/Sema first came into contact with, she was always noted for her warm and welcoming nature. She will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.
The funeral was held on 21st October 2019.
Diana's funeral took place at the Emmanuel Parish Church, Romford Road, Forest Gate, London E7 8BD. It was followed by a service at the Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Sebert Road, Forest Gate. London E7 0NP

A reception was held afterwards at the Wisteria, Forest Gate, London, E7 9HL.

Diana Piper R.I.P.
April
2019
Frank Jones R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, in April 2019, of Frank Jones.
30th June
2018
Andy Moore R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Saturday, 30th June 2018, of Andy Moore.
Andy worked for CAP/Sema in Reading, Holland, Redcar, London and Lytham.
The funeral was held on 27th July 2018.
June
2018
Bill Monk R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, in June 2018, of Bill Monk.
Bill worked in the Outsourcing business at the Birmingham Business Park from 1987 - 2001. His death was sudden and unexpected.
A memorial service to celebrate Bills personal and professional life took place on 31st July at St Peter and Paul Church, Water Orton.
December
2017
June Baker R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, in December 2017, of June Baker.
June passed away in her nursing home.

From Barney Gormley

"She’s in my prayers.
Drink a toast to her this week and smile and cry happy happy thoughts of the fabulous great times we had together, a true one-off!
She would like that.
Drink in one hand - fag in the other, thick rim glasses twinkling and her hearty throaty laughter cackling away. Cheers my girl. You never let us down. A pleasure.
A true and genuine real lady."
9th April
2017
Stuart Lovell R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Sunday, 9th April 2017, of Stuart Lovell.
Stuart was definitely one of the 'characters' that added that extra spark of interest working at CAP.

My own memories come from the British Steel project in Redcar. Whereas I went to the Isle of Man to ride my motorcycle around the famous TT circuit, Stuart went there to indulge two of his passions - photography and trains, specifically steam trains. I can remember him describing with typical gusto and enthusiasm how he was driven around the island at a rate of knots that would make a TT rider proud, just so he could get to the next bridge or crossing and 'snap' one of the Manx steam trains, then off to the next viewing point to get there in time to get the picture at the new location, and so on following the train's progress. And all with film, none of this digital stuff then.

And then, of course, there was the [in]famous chip eating contest in a bus shelter on Redcar sea front, where Stuart made the final two.
[Alan Fair]

Roger Southgate described Stuart thus:

"He was a one off, and my choice when asked to name a hero. He was not always right, but he had tremendous insight. His managers would not have called him a team player, but his team did. Someone you would follow over the top........"

The funeral was held on 17th June 2017.
A memorial service for Stuart was held on Saturday, 17th June, in Alderley Edge.
11th September
2016
Norma Smithson R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Sunday, 11th September 2016, of Norma Smithson.
Norma worked in CAP Financial from the 80s on some of the big retail banking jobs of that era (eg. Lloyds).
The funeral was held on 3rd October 2016.
9th January
2016
John Heesom R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Saturday, 9th January 2016, of John Heesom.
From Harley Atkinson:
John graduated from Bristol and joined J Lyons to work on the ground-breaking Leo computers. After a spell at Diebold he joined CAP; as a consultant, working as a manager on a Barclays project, he had a severe stroke in 1971 and although (with steely determination) he recovered some mobility and a good deal of mental powers he never did paid work again. He moved to BOS Software, then Mysis, where he worked voluntarily until he was 60. Having been a keen glider pilot, he took the hobby up again and flew 2 seaters. John and Anne were good friends of ours and entertained our kids royally, and we had a most enjoyable holiday touring France with them.

He died after a period of illness.
The funeral was held on 28th January 2016.
The funeral took place at Kemnal Park Cemetery, Sidcup By-Pass, Chislehurst, Kent.
15th November
2015
Phil Witten R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Sunday, 15th November 2015, of Phil Witten.
Phil had suffered with MS for over 25 years and it got him in the end. Nevertheless he took a full interest in current affairs, things going on in Skipton and never wavered as a supporter of Sunderland Football team.

Phil died peacefully at the Sue Ryder Hospice, aged 64 from Skipton. Adored husband of Wendy (Robinson), father of Chris, Alex & Toni, step-father of Holly & Laura, brother of Judy and brother-in-law of Dave & Alan. A wonderful man, loved by all who knew him.
The funeral was held on 25th November 2015.
The funeral was held at Skipton crematorium and a memorial celebration was held on 29th February, 2016.
15th October
2015
Jim McAulay R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Thursday, 15th October 2015, of Jim McAulay.
A personal tribute from Mike Elson:
A neighbour, a work colleague and a close friend for a number of years.

Very much a family man – he leaves a wife Janet, sons Campbell and Iain, two granddaughters and two grandsons.

Our children went to the same school.

Jim was born in Glasgow and joined CAP from IBM having worked with CAP staff on a project at Largs (west of Glasgow). He moved to London in 1970(?) initially living close to the Hoover building on Western Avenue.

Many people in CAP will remember him as project manager at Phoenix Assurance in Bristol. His tough non-compromising approach kept the project on schedule and endeared him to both the CAP and Phoenix staff.

He also spent time abroad managing CAP’s offices in South Africa and Belgium.

His continuing efforts and results gained him a well-deserved place on the CAP Management Meeting.

For many years Jim and I travelled up to London from Camberley and I can always remember his determination to complete the Times crossword in the 30 minute train journey.

I can also remember Jim for the wonderful social occasions that we shared together particularly the annual dinner and dances and pre-Christmas celebrations with CAP colleagues.

Jim was also ‘a fine diner’ and enjoyed entertaining notably on election nights - he will always be particularly remembered for his wonderful Spanish paella dishes, which were a gastronomic feast!

He will be missed by us all and I am proud to say that I am so glad to have known him.


Mike Elson
2nd September
2014
Tony Gillingham R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014, of Tony Gillingham.
Tony had been increasingly ill over the past few months and died peacefully at 11:43pm.

The funeral is a purely family affair, but Tony had asked that if anyone wished to do anything in his memory that involves money, that they should make donations to the St. Michael's Hospice, Hereford.

From James Windle
Tony joined CAP in 1970 after a period of work in Australia. He was a 'larger than life' character who always made an impression. He worked on some of the biggest projects including Phoenix in Bristol and Barclays in Knutsford. Many will remember his squash and darts and his contribution to Brain of CAP (or Brian of CAP as he called it). Tony also managed the CAP bridge club for some time. In 1984 he left to do freelance business analysis. He retired to Hereford following his marriage to Jane and continued to manage pub quizzes. He was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer with complications at the start of this year and died in the evening of 2nd September 2014.

According to his wishes his funeral is a family only affair but after his overwhelming experience, relief and gratitude at what the hospice could do and did do for him in terms of care, help and medical provision, he asks that anyone who wants to do anything in Tony's memory that involves money, please donate to: St. Michael's Hospice, Hereford.
28th February
2014
Tony Holmwood R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Friday, 28th February 2014, of Tony Holmwood.
The funeral was held on 13th March 2014.
The funeral took place at Farway church, and afterwards at the Hare and Hounds.
29th October
2012
Mick Harmer R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Monday, 29th October 2012, of Mick Harmer.
Mick joined CAP in October 1973, in Reading. He remained with the company all through the various transitions to Sema, Schlumberger and finally to Atos. He worked on various programmes including for the Post Office, for the DWP and for the Rail industry.

Michael had been fighting cancer since February 2008, keeping a number of colleagues informed of progress by emails which were open, honest and courageous and generally stunningly positive. The last was sadly earlier this month (October 2012) and was uncharacteristically brief.
The funeral was held on 15th November 2012.
His funeral was held at the South Down Burial Site near East Meon, see here for more details.
2nd July
2012
Anne Campbell-Davis R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Monday, 2nd July 2012, of Anne Campbell-Davis.
Anne had only very recently been diagnosed with what was a very virulent form of cancer, from which her health rapidly deteriorated. Anne had worked for CAP for around ten years, from around the mid seventies, being a key and popular member of Graham Elliott's team in Personnel.

She will be sorely missed and CAP News offers its deep condolences to all her family and friends at this sad time.
The funeral was held on 11th July 2012.
Anne's funeral was held in the West chapel of the Golder's Green Crematorium.
21st June
2012
Bryan Wood R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Thursday, 21st June 2012, of Bryan Wood.
From Chris Sluman:

Bryan had a stroke a couple of years ago, and has been ill with an untreatable cancer for a while. He was hospitalised over Christmas 2011 with pneumonia. I saw him in March at his home and he was in good spirits and on good form.

Sadly, his health deteriorated considerably and he was transferred to a hospice.

4th June
2012
Barney Gibbens R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Monday, 4th June 2012, of Barney Gibbens.
Barney passed away, following a period of illness, for which he had been in and out of hospital a number of times since Christmas.

There has been no more iconic figure in CAP's history than Barney, who was the last surviving member of its three original co-founders way back in 1962.

Barney, who was in his late seventies, and had been fighting Parkinson's Disease for many years, was always CAP's very own People's Champion! Many felt they knew him personally and had only the very best words to say about him, while also it always seemed (certainly until CAP so dramatically expanded) that he somehow also knew them.

Barney had really been looking forward to CAP50 and to meeting up with so many of his friends - sadly it seems that time ran out on him! His presence at the reunion would have been the highlight of the day - not only for him but also for all others attending.

Sincere condolences go out to Tina, his children, and all their family and friends. Barney will be very sorely missed - but oh, so fondly, remembered.

If you would like to make a donation to START (Skin Treatment and Research Trust), a cause very close to Barney's heart, and one of which he had been Chairman for the past twenty odd years, then it would be gratefully appreciated. Cheques can be sent to (made payable to START) referenced 'Barney Gibbens'. Ashton Funeral Services, 140 Alexandra Rd. Wimbledon, London SW19 7JY
The funeral was held on 14th June 2012.
Barney's funeral service was held at the Putney Vale Crematorium, in Stag Lane, London SW15 with a wake afterwards.
18th March
2012
John Ritchie R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Sunday, 18th March 2012, of John Ritchie.
John died at just before seven o'clock with his wife, Sally, and his family at his bedside.

As many of you may have known, towards the end 2011 John had been diagnosed with lung cancer, and had recently undergone an operation, which although it had brought him some immediate relief, unfortunately wasn't more successful and some weeks later John's health drastically took a turn for the worse, to such an extent that again he had to return to hospital.

John's blood pressure was found to be dangerously low and the staff in intensive care worked tirelessly to revert the deterioration in his condition but tragically John passed away.

Needless to say for Sal and the family the news was devastating and I'm sure you will all wish to join with CAPNews in sending them all our deepest condolences.
The humanist funeral was held at the Caversham (Reading) Crematorium in All Hallows Road, off the Henley Road.

Following the Service a wake was held at Conning Golf Club, attended by over a hundred ex CAPers.

6th December
2011
Roy Speller R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Tuesday, 6th December 2011, of Roy Speller.
The funeral was held on 30th December 2011.
The funeral service was held at Portchester Crematorium.
6th September
2011
Barry Grandage R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Tuesday, 6th September 2011, of Barry Grandage.
Barry had been suffering from kidney disease for some years, having regular dialysis while awaiting a transplant.
The transplant finally came last year, but was not the success that Barry had hoped and he was soon back on the dialysis regime again.
His death was as a result of complications in the long term treatment.
The funeral was held on 21st September 2011.
Barry's funeral was held at the West Berkshire Crematorium, Bath Road, Thatcham.

5th June
2011
John Richards R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Sunday, 5th June 2011, of John Richards.
John Richards died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children. He had been fighting cancer for over a year.
The funeral was held on 17th June 2011.
The funeral was held in St. Michael Church, Blewbury.
21st January
2011
Dave Grant R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Friday, 21st January 2011, of Dave Grant.
Dave had been very ill for a few months with a liver illness that the specialists could not diagnose. He was not getting rid of the bile his liver produced, this was causing his kidneys to fail. He was receiving dialysis to try and keep him going hoping that either his liver would repair itself or they would diagnose the problem – to no avail. Our sympathies are with Linda at this trying time.
The funeral was held on 15th September 2011.
3rd January
2011
Tom Almond R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Monday, 3rd January 2011, of Tom Almond.
Tom was a long serving member of CAP Reading in CSG (the Commercial Systems Group). For many years he worked for the Guernsey States Insurance Authority, both for CAP and as an independent consultant. He and his family won Ask the Family, the TV quiz program hosted by Robert Robinson, in the 80s. In later years he had suffered from dementia and was only 68 when he died. He leaves a widow, Jean.
The funeral was held on 14th January 2011.
The funeral was held at a St Catherine's Church in Tilehurst.
29th August
2009
Peter Czerniewski R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Saturday, 29th August 2009, of Peter Czerniewski.
CAPNews has learned from Peter Czerniewski's wife, Pam, of the sad news of Peter's death from prostate cancer. He was just 60. The 30th would have been their 34th wedding anniversary.

Pam said that Peter didn't want anyone to know about the cancer and it was all kept secret.
11th January
2007
Mike Cotton R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Thursday, 11th January 2007, of Mike Cotton.
CAPNews has learn't that Mike Cotton died from cancer. He was ill for about a year and died peacefully.
The funeral was held on 30th January 2007.
The funeral was at Macclesfield Crematorium noon on 30th January and afterwards in Congleton

2007
Colin Arey R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, in 2007, of Colin Arey.
CAPNews has recently heard that Colin Arey has passed away. We have no further details

Colin joined CAP in 1972 after working as a contractor on the Woolworths project. He spent 2 years on the Phoenix Assurance project in King William St., Norbury and Bristol and followed that with about 18 months on the Commercial Union Annuity Valuation project in St. Mary Axe and Whyteleafe.

He then went abroad for 18 months in the Middle East. He was one of the earliest managers of CSS. He was a member of Commercial Branch from 1980 to 1985. Colin was a very sociable person being a stalwart of the CAP darts team and being heavily involved in the CAP car rallies as both competitor and organiser.
25th April
2006
Mike Smith R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Tuesday, 25th April 2006, of Mike Smith.
CAPNews has learnt of the sudden death of Mike Smith, who died at his home from a massive stroke.

Mike joined CAP (Computer Analysts and Programmers, as it was then) as a Junior Programmer in 1964 and went on to become its' Managing Director, before moving to Thorn EMI Software - later Data Sciences - as Chief Executive.

Mike had spent the last few years on his family farm in Gloucestershire.
29th January
2006
John Locke-Wheaton R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Sunday, 29th January 2006, of John Locke-Wheaton.
Since Christmas John's physical condition deteriorated rapidly, though spiritually there was a sense of peace. John died at lunchtime on Saturday at home, surrounded by his family. He was ready, and the timing was right for him.
December
2004
Bob Dodds R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, in December 2004, of Bob Dodds.
Bob died suddenly just before Christmas. Our thoughts are with his wife Kay and family.

2004
Marian Kilsby R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, in 2004, of Marian Kilsby.
CAPNews has learnt from Nick Juckes that Marian died suddenly earlier this year of pancreatic cancer at the age of 53 after a very short illness. Our thoughts go out to Nick.
3rd May
2003
John Ockendon R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Saturday, 3rd May 2003, of John Ockendon.
John passed away in hospital following extensive chemotherapy treatment for cancer of the liver, diagnosed originally the previous Decemeber.

John celebrated his 70th. birthday with a party for many of his friends on April 19th., but his condition latterly worsened and he had to return to hospital for his final days. His wife Jane, and other members of his family were with him when he died.

News of John's death was reported in the Times and Telegraph. He will, I'm sure, be greatly missed by his many ex-CAP friends and colleagues.
26th March
2003
Alex d'Agapeyeff R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Wednesday, 26th March 2003, of Alex d'Agapeyeff.
Alex passed away after being poorly for some time, and had only recently come back home from hospital. All his family were with him when he died.
The Service of Thanksgiving for Alex was held on Thursday 3 April at St Michael's Church, Buckland, Glos.
8th October
2002
Jim White R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Tuesday, 8th October 2002, of Jim White.
Jim suffered a massive stroke as a result of a brain haemorrhage.

He had only had the first symptoms about a week previous whilst on holiday with Pat in France, and had gone to the doctor once he had returned home, because of severe headaches. Initially the doctor thought that it may have been because of sinuses, which Jim did occasionally suffer from, but after a couple of more days the doctor had decided that he had best go into hospital for observation - even though ironically at the time Jim had begun to feel slightly better.
The funeral was held on 17th October 2002.
The funeral was held at St. John's (village) church in Littleleighs, Nr. Chelmsford, Essex. The weather thankfully stayed bright, and the little village church, where the thanksgiving service was held, was completely full - not an empty pew anywhere!

Altogether there must have been around 120 people, fifteen of which were old friends from Jim's CAP days, which said a lot for the warmth and affection in which Jim was held by so many and would I hope, be some small comfort to Pat and the children at this very sad time.

Instead of a memorial to Jim's death the service was more a celebration of his life, and I'm sure that the priest mentioning that he was a life long Spurs fan brought a smile to everyone's face - not least of all, Jim's!

The name of Jim's charity to which donations may be sent, and the address is:

The Chelmsford & District Stroke Club
2nd August
2002
John Weeks R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Friday, 2nd August 2002, of John Weeks.
John died at the Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, with all his family around him.

John had been suffering from cancer for a little over a year, and despite extensive treatment, the tumour failed to respond. John was as optimistic as ever while fighting the disease and brave to the last

Our thoughts are with Marie-Christine and his children at this difficult time.
A Requiem Mass was held for John at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, Caversham, near Reading on Thursday August 8th.
A large contingent of his CAP colleagues were in the congregation to celebrate his life and to say prayers for his family.
16th March
2001
Kath Pasfield R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Friday, 16th March 2001, of Kath Pasfield.
She started at CAP in the Directors Dining Room at CAP House, Great James Street in the early 70's as a silver service waitress. She went on to organise all the catering in many of the other CAP sites over the years, and was still working at the time of her death.

She is survived by three sons of whom she was extremely proud, and she considered many of the CAP chaps as her extended family, remembering their favourite foods, fads etc. She was an amazing lady, much loved and will be greatly missed.
The funeral was held on 20th March 2001.
Her funeral was held at St Paul's Church, Lorrimore Square SE17, followed by cremation at Honor Oak Crematorium, Brenchley Gardens, SE23.
2nd January
2001
Grenville Baldry R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, on Tuesday, 2nd January 2001, of Grenville Baldry.
CAPnews has recently heard that Grenville Baldry died afer a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Gren will be remembered from his long involvement in the BSC Redcar project in the late 70's and 80's. He married a northern lass who bore him two daughters, Melissa and Eleanor.

CAPnews is grateful to Gren's sister Dawn Ellis for letting us know this sad news.
In Memoriam
Tony Hardcastle R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, In Memoriam, of Tony Hardcastle.
Tony was second in command to Alex in the seventies before joining Triad.
He died in 2009 or 2010.
In Memoriam
Alan Benjamin R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, In Memoriam, of Alan Benjamin.
In Memoriam
Kevin Hughes R.I.P.
It is with deep regret that CAPnews have to announce the death, In Memoriam, of Kevin Hughes.