The Probus Club of St Annes-on-the-Sea
Barry Tyler was born in Farnborough, Hants, in 1927 where his father worked at the Royal Aeronautical Establishment. He followed his father and became an RAE Apprentice before attending the Cranfield College of Aeronautics.
He was recruited by the English Electric Company’s Aircraft Division at Warton and started work at the Warton site in the mid 1950’s, firstly in the Wind Tunnel Dept, where work on the Canberra and Lightning was in progress and where he met his future wife Rita, before moving on to Flight Test for several years. By 1966 he had attained the position of Principal Engineer and moved to assist Product Support visiting France, Germany, Italy, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. He formed lasting friendships with international colleagues whilst helping to negotiate and support aircraft contracts until detached retina problems forced his early retirement in 1988.
He joined Probus in 1988 and also held various offices in Forum, becoming their President in1993/4, giving a number of slide show lectures based on his extensive foreign travels. Interests were Travel, Walking and Photography, with Music a constant family involvement, especially at King Ed/QM School, Liverpool Phil. visits, a daughter playing Cello in Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and running the St. Margaret's Music Circle for over 30 years, as well as attending other local music groups.
He was an active member of St. Margaret's Church and supervised the addition of the new building for a Hall, Meeting room and Kitchen. He died in Victoria Hospital on August 10th 2014, leaving his wife Rita, two daughters and a son, three grandsons and one great grandson.
Clive Russell September 2014