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Jill Tuck

It is with the deepest regret that we must record the passing of Jill Tuck, who died on Friday, January 9th of this year.  To her husband, Norman, we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Jill Rollason, as she was before her marriage, joined the B.E.C. in 1949 and was one of the first girls to do so.  From then on, the club always occupied a special place in her affections and throughout her life she remained one of its most loyal supporters.  She became a Life Member in 1973.  From assisting in the work on the excavation of the Roman villa at Kingsweston, she went on to take part in the early exploration of Stoke Lane Slocker, and pioneered some very tight passages, including one which became known at the time as " Rollason's Romp".  She took an active part in a number of club projects; wrote for the B.B. on a variety of topics and was elected as Ladies' Representative to the club committee in 1951.

Jill was forced to resign from this position the following year due to ill health, but came back to play an active part in the surveying of Redcliffe caves and the opening of Pen Park Hole.  On a lighter note, she was responsible for the expression 'The B.E.C. get everywhere.' and her wide range of interests included submitting entries for the song competitions of 1961 and 1962.  She played a very considerable part in building the stone hut at present used by the M.R.O. and the gargoyle at the end of this building was her work.

After her marriage to Norman Tuck, they moved to Wales to live at Llanfrechfa, where they became noted for their work in the Roman mine at Draethen, near Machen, Newport.  Their discovery that this is the only known Roman mine not to have been worked subsequently was a notable 'first'.

In later years, when her health began to fail; her mind remained as active as ever and was keen and alert to the very end.  It is no exaggeration to say that Jill played a very great part in creating the club spirit for which the B.E.C. is justifiably proud.