It is with deepest sympathy to announce the passing of Tom West, who passed away on 12th July after a long struggle with cancer.
Tom's son Andy emailed to advise of the sad news.
"He initially joined what was then The Church Lads’ Brigade in Sheffield in the 1950’s.
Following 22 years serving in the army, and as an active member of the congregation at St Mary’s Parish Church in Chepstow, he went on to assist Elaine Huson, Kevin & Trudie Higgs and Chris Wheeler in forming 3655 Lower Wye Valley Company in the 1980’s.
At this time there were also strong companies at Caldicot and St Hilda’s, Griffithstown. Chepstow had a close friendship with the Harrow Company in those days too, this was through connections with the late Des & Jean Carter. He was very involved in Brigade matters, never slow to spot the opportunity for a fundraiser, and always proud to wear Brigade uniform.
I am not sure with whom he would have dealt most recently, but he was a close friend of the late Dave Harris & Mike Syrett.
His funeral service will be held on Wednesday 8th August, 2:00pm at St Mary’s Parish Church, Chepstow prior to cremation at The Forest of Dean Crematorium, 3:30pm. Family flowers only, donations for St. David’s Hospice Care may be sent to Philip Blatchly & Son, 5 Station Road, Chepstow, Mon. NP16 5PB."