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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

Obituary W T Philbey - Vice President, Quainton Railway Society
11.6.1907 - 10.6.1989

Without the support of W T (call me Will) Philbey it is probable that there would be no Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton. Will, it was, who supported our application to establish a museum and relics at Quainton Road. He did this despite opposition from some very predictable sources. He then took delight in our successes, chuckling with pleasure about expansion. To Will fell the honour of cutting the ribbon for our first steaming; to Will fell the honour of holding the ribbon for the first public steaming of 6024 King Edward I and insisting on riding in the cab and his pleasure at meeting HRH The Duke of Gloucester was evident to all of us. Six weeks later, just prior to his 82nd birthday, he passed on and with his passing has passed an era. "Mr. Quainton" had departed this life and had left the village and The Railway Centre the losers. A man of many interests, a devout Christian, and, that much maligned word a patriot, he was a supporter of the traditional English values and pastimes, a person who would help the under privileged, as his work for The Park School in Aylesbury amply showed.

He was a man who had held public office for many years both with Aylesbury Rural District Council and, latterly, with its successor, the Aylesbury Vale District Council being Chairman of the Rural Council and Chairman of the Housing Committee in the latter.

At his funeral the village church was packed by mourners from the village and from the organisations he had served so well, the Railway Society, by the Chairman, Secretary, his nephew, and others, all paying their last respects to Will. We extend our sympathy to his widow Winnie in her sad loss, we too will miss him - our first Vice President.

Eric Miller

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1989 and so does not reflect events in the 25+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Obituary W T Philbey - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90

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