Peter Ben Lyon

31st March 1930 to 16th June 2007

 

"Ben"

 

Peter Ben Lyon passed away in Southampton General Hospital on 16th June after a long illness. Ben has been survived by his wife Helena, daughters Anne and Jane-Marie and his son, Paul.

 

Ben was a very keen, outstandingly fit and enthusiastic all round sportsman

whose ambition it was to become member of the Portsmouth Field Gun Crew.

 

During 1968 - 1973, he regularly attended all the closed season training sessions

and had no trouble in passing the selection process;

he had all the qualities needed to be a first class gunner.

 

Unfortunately, however, he was in a specialist position at Whale Island

and it was impossible to get him relieved to run!

This never deterred Ben, he continued to train regularly during the training season

in the hope that, one day, his dream would be fulfilled.

It was due to this enthusiasm that he was made the

first Honorary Member of the original Field Gun Association when it was formed in 1968,

he repaid the faith we had in him by helping with the conversion of the old RM Band Practice Building into what was to become the Hole in the Wall Club.

 

Ben also used his expertise as an OA to make several improvements to Field Gun equipment or, if he was unable to do so, he would know someone who could!!

Ben remained an avid member of the Association throughout its up and downs and regularly attended the AGM's and functions until he was taken ill.

 

He was a lovely person who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Although he never ran, his contribution to Portsmouth Field Gun was immense.

 

I am sending this sad news on to you in the hope that you will get it passed around the circuit. Even though I knew he had been ill it still came as a big shock!

He was with out a doubt one of the best and I am fully convinced that he would of got more personal satisfaction out of being a running member of a PFGC

than playing soccer for Scotland his other passion.

 

Reg Ralph

 

The funeral service took place on

Friday, 6th July at 11.30 hrs at the Sacred Heart Church at:
50 London Road
Waterlooville
Hampshire PO7 7SR

 
This service was followed by an

Interment Service at the Portchester Crematorium at 13:00 hrs:
Porchester Crematorium
Upper Cornaway Lane,
Fareham, PO16 8NE

 
The family has requested that donations (in lieu of flowers)

be made to the PCaSO Prostrate Cancer Network and sent to:

Michael Moore Independent Funeral Directors Ltd.
5 Hambledon Parade
Hambledon Road.
Waterlooville. PO7 6XE
023 92 641 366

 After the services, friends and colleagues were invited to join the family at

the Senior's Rates Mess, HMS Excellent.

 

~ RIP ~

 

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