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John Sutton0003

It is with shock and great sadness, that I have been informed of the death of Sir John. He passed away yesterday, Friday 21st November. Our Condolences go out to Lady Angela their  family and friends.

Sir John was Commanding officer of 249  from 1964 until 1966 and President of our Association until 2013. He and Lady Angela were great supporters of the association.

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Chiefy Ben with Sasoon Trophy

The Chief with Sassoon Trophy

Gordon ‘Chiefy’ Ben Bennett’s  funeral will be on Thursday 27 November at 11.30 am

 at the military chapel at Lister House Southgate Ripon HG4 1PG  (For directions please contact me(Lyn) on or call 01609 88361501609 883615).

I have just received this message from Ben’s Daughter Lyn

I am very very sad to tell you dad passed away peacefully last Sunday 9th (Remembrance Sunday). Perhaps you could let anyone know that you know knew dad. Dad’s health had been deteriorating over the last few months but he declined very quickly in the last few days. Steve and I were actually on holiday in Antigua celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary so I wasn’t there which was really distressing for me but the staff were wonderful and I kept in touch with them during the last few days.
We will be arranging a small funeral at the chapel at Lister House (Ripon). Although we saw the funeral director yesterday he needs to liaise with the clergy and the home and the crematorium before a date can be set. I will probably know early next week and will let you know the date. We have requested that it be in the afternoon. It would be lovely for Dad if you and maybe a few other chums are able to come but I understand it may be difficult. Pat Thurlow who I think you know is also going to try and come.”
Our Sincere Condolences go out to Lyn and her family on their Loss.

Ta Qali

249 Squadron Aircrew, Ta’Qali Malta 1941