George Whitten, Ballyclare Probus Club

Ballyclare Probus Club lost the last of our founder members with the very sad news of the death of George Whitten who was in his 99th year.

He, along with a few others, founded the club in 1987 in Ballyclare Town Hall and as a direct result of his influential contacts the club has for many years met at the prestigious

Dunadry Hotel in Co. Antrim, upon the original venue becoming unavailable.

George was employed with Lucas Electrics where he was an innovative electrical engineer specialising in engine circuits and controls.

He was subsequently seconded by Lucas to the MOD during World War 2 where he served with REME. In the fullness of time he established himself as an expert on magneto technology and related control mechanisms. During this time he held civilian status; nevertheless when hostilities ceased and his secondment ended he was appointed an Honorary Colonel with the regiment whilst in Germany.

George was married to Hilda for 75 years and eventually returned with her to live in Ballyclare, Co. Antrim. In fact Hilda celebrated her 100th birthday in November 2014 and, with help, is still able to get around.

George Whitten was truly one of life’s gentlemen and will be greatly missed by all his friends in Ballyclare Probus Club.

In the meanwhile he would be pleased to know that his old club flourishes and continues with a full programme of speakers and venues for 2015 along with a new president and supporting officers.

Brian McClure. Hon. Sec. Ballyclare Probus Club