2020 has been a challenging year for everyone around the world and our activities have been curtailed by the lack of visitors to Bowcliffe. The trustees last got together in person in March for our AGM attended by just a few Friends. During lockdown, Neil Millington had a fall at home and following a hospital visit for a broken bone to be pinned, spent the summer in recuperation at home and unable to make our usual Wednesday archiving sessions. It became clear after a while that he was not making much progress with his mobility or with underlying Kennedy’s disease which made it difficult for him to eat and drink.
I received the very sad news yesterday afternoon that Neil died in Leeds Hospital (Jimmy’s) from pneumonia. It is a very great personal loss of a true friend and a wider loss to the Archive Trust to which he contributed so much.
Neil had retired early from the business he bought out of Smiths Industries, Autosound in Bradford, and enjoyed fifteen years in retirement with his fleet of coaches that he kept in his unit next to Autosound, worked on every Monday by his enthusiast friends. He had enjoyed a long association with Land Rover and a series of Bentleys to complement his TF21.
His wit, humour and good counsel endeared him to all who met him and we often joked that he was referred to as “a very nice man” on a number of occasions. His charm no doubt helped us secure our offices at Bowcliffe where we spent many happy hours. It will not be the same without him.
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Notice of the funeral arrangements:
Neil, a much loved brother of Susan, a dear Uncle of Daniel, Thomas and Charles. Also, a good friend to many.
Due to current restrictions a private funeral will take place at Rawdon Crematorium on Saturday January 9th at 12.15pm.
Family flowers only please but donations in memory of Neil may be made to Kennedy’s Disease UK. This can be done via
Joseph Geldart & Sons,
11 Hopewell Terrace,
Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4NE
Alternatively you can visit https://kd-uk.com/ and donate there.