An affectionate Tribute by Norman Parker with David Lloyd.
On January 26th 2016, I received an unexpected telephone call that my very dear friend Leonard Dickson had just hung-up his flying helmet for the last time. This came as a great shock as only a few days previously, he had telephoned and I was again speaking to the Len I had known for many years. He was on top form and looking forward to being active once more. But it was not to be, his health problems had won.
I have had the privilege and honour to know Squadron Leader Leonard G. Dickson, LVO (RAF Retired) for a number of years as a result of my Membership of the Spitfire Society, firstly as Chairman of the Central Region and currently as Chairman of the Salisbury Flight.
Leonard joined the Society as a Life Member in its early days (although he first met Founder David Green in 1950)and served the members well within the Executive Committee firstly twenty five years ago and later as a reforming Chairman of the Society. But it was in the role of Finance Officer that he particularly excelled.
He had enjoyed a lengthy Service career that enabled his post RAF retirement activities to be appreciated and sought after far and wide. He became a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) a personal award by Her Majesty The Queen for long and loyal service to the Royal Family.
That award demonstrates his integrity and members of the Society enjoyed the benefit of that experience for many years. His especial knowledge of finance control served the Society well as a result of his bequest experience with a number of high profile national charities.He continued serving the interests of Society members right to the end, an energetic, delightful friend with a zest for life whose integrity in all Spitfire Society matters was always of the highest calibre.
Nick White 23 June 1964 to 8 December 2015.
THE family and friends of popular Thame photographer and drummer, Nick White, have been devastated by the tragic news of his sudden death while on holiday with his wife, Sarah in Cornwall.
Nick, 51, who was originally from Wheatley, had lived and worked in Thame for many years as a photographer. He trained as a medical photographer and worked at the John Radcliff Hospital in Oxford before starting his own business providing photographic and print solutions to the local area. He was also the official Mayoral photographer for Thame Town Council.
As well as his love of photography, Nick was renowned for his kindness, and his great sense of humour. He was also the drummer in a local band, doghouse, who played at venues around Bucks & Oxfordshire. He had been a key member of Thame & District Round Table since 2005, and became President in April 2015. Other interests included identifying edible fungi, and astronomy.
His other great love was for Spitfires. He took every opportunity to visit air shows and museums where he could see Spitfires. He is pictured here sitting in the “Spirit of Kent” at Biggin Hill in September 2015.
As well as his wife Sarah, Nick also leaves two teenage daughters, Lucy and Martha.