Past President (1988-1989) Joseph Glyn Thomas MBE was remembered at a
memorial service on Monday 23 February at St Mary’s Church in Borwick
which was full to capacity of friends and family. Glyn passed away on 11
February 2015 from progressive heart failure at the age of 77.
Glyn was born to a farming family in Derbyshire and went to Durham
University where he graduated as a nutritional biochemist specialising
in farming. Following several UK and overseas appointments, Glyn
came to work at Lancaster University in the early 1970s and settled
with his wife Pat, in Borwick. They then purchased Green Bank Farm in
Over Kellet where he spent 3 years building his own house with
assistance from a friend, a bricklayer and an electrician.
farmer, initially growing barley and then latterly potatoes and soft
fruit. He reared mostly sheep and was proud to be able to do his own
Glyn joined Carnforth Rotary in May 1982 under the
classification of Agriculture – Farming and was awarded an MBE in the
Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 1999 for Services to the Farm Animal
Whilst he classed himself as “Bodger and
Peasant” he was skilled at all that he turned his hand to, and in
addition to being a chemist and farmer, he was a skilled engineer. He
was never happier than when working in his barn workshop repairing
machinery for himself and others and could repair almost anything, with
friends always talking priority – even though he often came over with a
Mr Grump attitude saying “and what do ya want doing now?”
pride and joy was his 1946 Triumph Roadster motor car which he was
restoring during the winter nights with the aid of fellow Rotarian.
The Farm was well used, with Pat and Glyn hosting midsummer dances in
addition to storing and maintaining various props on behalf of the
Rotary Club, such as Santa’s Sleigh and the Coconut Shy.
responsible for establishing the biannual exchange visits with the
Dutch Rotary Club of Woudrichem that continue today, following a visit
to Green Bank Farm by a Dutch visitor.
In summary, Glyn was a true gentleman and will be missed by us all.
He is survived by his wife Pat, son Paul and two daughters Ruth and Jackie.