At Probus magazine we regularly receive obituaries from members paying their respects to colleagues who have passed on, providing in most cases a fascinating insight into their lives and careers spanning decades.

Some are just too long to publish, yet shortening them would mean leaving out important facts.

So this section of the website is for such tributes.


Michael Leach – Pontefract

John William Thraves (Jack) – Felixstowe and District

Fred Williams – Elland

Arthur Smart – South Cleveland (Middlesbrough)

Geoffrey Norris – Chipping Norton

Ted Gould, Chepstow Probus

John Courlander, Dún Laoghaire Marine

Norman Dyson, Elland Probus

Michael O’Donnell, Dunbar Probus

Robert ‘Bob’ Macfarlane SOE, Kelso & District Probus and formerly Beverley Probus

Thomas Backhouse, Kenilworth No 1

Ted Rouse MBE, Northfleet and District

James Scott Tweed OBE, Larne

John Farley MBE, Jersey

Roddy Macleod, Isle of Lewis

George Whitten, Ballyclare