The death of Ralph Chenery on May 6th has deprived our Society of one of its most loyal and long-serving members. Ralph became a member in 1962: his father Norman was already Minutes Secretary and Visits Organiser. Ralph himself was soon elected to the Committee, and appointed Deputy Chairman. Following Norman's death in 1980 he took over his father's duties, and did so with great diligence for the next twenty-five years. His Summer Outings Programme always began with a guided walk round part of London, for Ralph was also a prominent member of the London Appreciation Society. He served on their Committee, conducted tours and gave talks. In the course of a quarter of a century he organised many coach tours for us, and would usually give a commentary on the places we passed through. He also represented our Society on the Conservation Panel that advised the local authority on the Grand Union Canal. We honoured him with Life Membership in 1990. Let the last word be from his nephew, Adrian:
He was always very generous, and full of tall tales about splendid people, places and events. He had, as did the rest of the family, an infectious enthusiasm for history, along with a talent for good living and bonhomie. He was conservative without being hidebound, patriotic without being insular, and a credit to his family, his town and his nation.
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