Tony Bowers obituary


My husband, Tony Bowers, who has died aged 77, spent a few years working for organisations in West Yorkshire that had been devoted to enhancing the lives of odd folks, together with within the areas of housing and well being.

Amongst different issues, he established a neighborhood recommendation centre on the Walpole council property in Huddersfield, drawing monetary assets into the locality and giving a voice to tenants.

He additionally labored for the perfect a part of a decade at Huddersfield Residents Recommendation Bureau, and later was a housing advantages officer at Leeds Federated Housing Affiliation, a homeless challenge employee at Halifax and district YMCA, after which a public well being improvement officer at South Huddersfield Major Care Belief.

As well as, for a few years Tony was an area administration committee member of Huddersfield Catholic Housing Help Society (Chas, now a part of Fusion Housing), and a faculty governor.

Born in Maidstone, Kent, he was the son of Philip, a lieutenant within the Royal Navy, and Could (nee West), a nurse. He went to Shoreham grammar college in West Sussex earlier than starting his working life in 1964 as a trainee within the executor and trustee division of Lloyds Financial institution in Guildford, Surrey. In 1967, he moved to work in the identical discipline for Normal Financial institution of South Africa in Johannesburg, changing into a clerk on the Johannesburg Inventory Change two years later.

In South Africa he was radicalised by the brutality of the apartheid system and have become concerned as a volunteer with varied teams addressing social injustice. He additionally developed a friendship with the South-Africa-based English priest Cosmas Desmond, who documented the compelled removing of black households in his e-book The Discarded Individuals. Collectively they set off in a battered previous automobile to ship copies of the e-book as broadly throughout the nation as they may earlier than it was banned.

Tony returned to the UK in 1970 to do a three-year instructor coaching course at Huddersfield Polytechnic (now the College of Huddersfield), staying on for an extra two years as president of the scholars’ union (1973-75), throughout which interval he represented college students in educational appeals and disciplinary hearings.

Tony and I met on the polytechnic, the place I used to be a member of the coed union govt committee in Tony’s second 12 months as president; we married in 1977.

After leaving the polytechnic, Tony finally ended up spending a 12 months at Age Concern, engaged on their neighborhood programme, earlier than becoming a member of the Joseph Rowntree Social Service Belief in York in 1978 to run a neighborhood newspaper, the Colne Valley Information. It lasted till 1981, when, with the assistance of the belief, Tony established the neighborhood recommendation centre on the Walpole property.

He went to Huddersfield Residents Recommendation Bureau in 1988, and after spells at Leeds Federated Housing Affiliation and Halifax and District YMCA, labored at South Huddersfield Major Care Belief (2002-05).

In retirement he volunteered for teams that labored with refugees and asylum seekers till his well being failed him.

He’s survived by me, our three kids, Karen, Tassadat and Emilie, and two daughters: Rachel, from his first marriage to June Sellwood, which led to divorce, and Elizabeth, from an earlier relationship with Margaret Bush.


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