PETER GOURLAY-RADFORD

Many long-standing members will have been shocked and saddened to hear of Peter’s sudden death. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Glory.

Although Peter was not an artist he was an invaluable member for many years, serving on the committee first as treasurer then stepping up as Chairman when no-one else was prepared to take it on. As a non-artist he brought a fresh eye to the organisation of the Society, chairing the meetings, researching new speakers and becoming an ambassador for TAS, continuing to forge links with the local community by encouraging the involvement of young artists through Tiverton High School and Blundell’s School.

On a practical level Peter, with his background in business, was responsible along with Stuart Fowle for developing much of the IT technology which led to a streamlined administrative system for the exhibitions, the newsletters and the communications between the committee and the membership. This contributed to stemming the rising costs of running the society and his input was invaluable.

Equally at home pinning up calico in the Castle Primary School or chatting with local dignitaries and business people Peter was unstinting with his energy and commitment to the Society.

He will be much missed by his many friends.

Heather Strong (President)