Former national president of the Timber Trades Benevolent Society (TTBS), Dick Middleton, passed away earlier this month. The news has been met with much sadness from those in the industry who knew him.
Originally from Yorkshire where he worked for Horsley Smith of Skipton (Timber Importers), Dick was probably best know for his work as Regional Officer for TRADA for the Western Counties from 1963 to 1984.
During this time he was instrumental in arranging courses and lectures in many areas including Truro, St Austell, Exeter, Barnstable, Plymouth Taunton etc.
He was also deeply involved with the TTBS throughout this time, being Western Counties district chairman and a member of the national Board of Management from 1986 to the time of his death.
He was TTBS National President in 1996 and looked after the interests of the TTBS beneficiaries in the Devon, Cornwall and Somerset areas, travelling thousands of miles visiting beneficiaries and applicants for aid.
He will be sadly missed by the TTBS, says general manager Malcolm Job, and by all its beneficiaries in the West Country.