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Many of you will now be aware the after a brief struggle with Cancer, our "Jrat" has sadly died.
It matters not whether you knew Tony for 20 minutes twenty days or twenty years or more, all of us will miss him each in no small way.
Many of you may have joined the B.E.C having been proposed by him, or having dug in one or more of his numerous excavations.
What is clear is that we all benefited in one way or another from his humour, his tenacity, his very spirit.
When in 2000 I had the honour to present him with Honorary Life Membership of the BEC, I said that one day I felt he would be regarded almost as a second H.E.Balch. His tireless labours underground, his meticulous writing-up of his finds and his publications all bare evidence of this. I believe this is truer this sad day than it was those eight years ago.
I have seldom known a man who had no malice in his soul. Rarely if ever did he indulge in any caving politics or utter anything that was not in his own particular way- reasoned and of pertinent value.
It is not only the BEC who have lost a good friend this day, but the whole of the British Caving world have lost a dear and valued friend, a human dynamo of Cave Exploration, Mine Exploration and Speleological knowledge rolled into one small and kind man.
Another star has died but Tonys' twinkle and humour will remain with us long after our own time has come.
With great sorrow at the passing of a dear and loyal friend,
Nigel Taylor,
Hon.Secretary, Bristol Exploration Club,
Sunday 31st.August 2008.