Astronomical Society of Haringey
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OBITUARIES

In recent years the ASH lost two people prominently connected to the Society

Fred Clarke

FRED CLARKE

1921 - 2013

Founder and President of the ASH

Fred died on 22nd April 2013

He was 93

see 2002 May 2012

Patrick Moore

SIR PATRICK MOORE

1923 - 2012

Who suggested the formation of the ASH

Patrick died 9th December 2012

He was 89

see 2002 January 2012

Besides being an inspiration to an incredible number of people - many of whom went on to become professional astronomers, scientists, engineers, even astronauts - Patrick Moore was directly instrumental in the creation of the ASH.

In 1970 Fred Clarke had organised a Space Age Exhibition in Wood Green, north London, for anyone 'interested in space and astronomy'.

As part of this he arranged for Patrick to give a talk to an assembled group of school children. However this was so over-subscribed, that Patrick ended up giving not the one talk, but FOUR throughout the day.

At the end he turned to Fred and said that "As there seems to be so much interest, you ought to start an astronomical society"

So Fred did...

Jack Sharp

JACK SHARP

1924 - 2015

Jack, a founder member of the Society, died on 9th October, aged 91.

Gordon Harding

GORDON HARDING

1928 - 2014

Roy Goldsmith

ROY GOLDSMITH

1931 - 2014

We lost two people associated with the Society early in 2014. Gordon Harding was long time member of the Society and, for many years, the Treasurer. He died on 17th February 2014

Roy Goldsmith, regular speaker to the Society, died on 26th February 2014

There are tributes to both in the March 2014 issue of 2002