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Tom Hanley

Michael Fisher25 Aug 2023 - 13:34
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Its with great sadness we have learnt of the passing of Tom Hanley at 102

Tom Handley passed away last week at the great age of 102.

Tom had a life well lived, he was a life member of MCC and Club Secretary for 18 years from 1981 to 1999. In addition to his work at Morecambe CC he contributed massively during his life.

Tom was born at home in Seaton, a village near Workington in Cumbria. He went to school in Gilcrux, a small village near Maryport in Cumbria.

On leaving school, Tom worked on a farm for two years, before starting work at Maryport Railway Station as a junior porter.

During the war he volunteered for the RAF, doing his basic training at White Lund in Morecambe.

After training he was posted to Lincolnshire and joined RAF No6 Squadron. He was posted to Shandur, Egypt in 1942 and was there for more than two years before being posted to Italy, onto Yugoslavia and finally to Palestine before returning to England.

In September 1948 Tom married Norah, and the couple had two children, Allan (who is now 73 and lives in Morecambe) and Richard (who is 70 and now lives in Cornwall). Norah passed away in 2002.

The family moved to Morecambe in 1964, and Tom worked for many years for British Rail working at Lancaster, Port of Heysham, Morecambe and Carnforth Stations.

He was secretary of the Royal British Legion branch in Morecambe from 1966 for 23 years. He was also chairman and life president of the county, a life member of the national Royal British Legion, chairman of the North West Lancashire District Group and a gold badge holder.
For more than 30 years Tom was the local poppy organiser in Morecambe too, and in 1992 he featured in The Visitor after being given a Local Hero award for his work with the Poppy Appeal.

Tom has two grandchildren, Nicola, 38, and James, 36, and three great grandchildren - a great grandson Jacob, 15, and two great granddaughters, Georgie and April.

(Thanks to Lancaster Guardian for some of this content)

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