Tribute to president of archaeology society Louis

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 June 2014

Louis Groome, who passed away last month at the age of 81.

Louis Groome, who passed away last month at the age of 81.

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A FORMER college lecturer and president of Weston’s archaeological and natural history society has died at the age of 81.

Louis Groome died on May 27, having stepped down as president two years ago due to health troubles.

Born in 1932 in Birmingham, Mr Groome joined the RAF and spent most of his career serving in Malta as a sergeant signaller, and it was here he first developed his love of natural history and books, whiling away hours in a gun turret reading about beekeeping.

He later moved into a scientific career which brought him to the Bristol Aerojet factory, before taking a teaching qualification and teaching physics for Bristol Technical College until his retirement.

His vast knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for natural history stood him in good stead as president of the society, and in the words of current president Rosemary Dowie made him a ‘very hard act to follow’.

She said: “When I came to Weston in the late 80s I joined the society and there was Louis in full swing. I realised what a dynamic force he was straight away. He was a very special man and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of all sorts of things. When we went out on walks he seemed to know about everything but particularly the natural history.

“He was a very rounded man and had a very compassionate view about what we inherit and what we should take forward for the future. Being with him was a total treat, and the world has lost a real character. We just feel a big gap where he used to be.”

Mr Groome’s funeral will be held at Weston Crematorium on Friday at 10.30am.

Instead of flowers, donations have been requested to the Weston Archaeological and Natural History Society.

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