Those Listeners whose membership of the Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper goes back a long time may well remember Doug Harmer who was our chairman for very many years. Sadly we have to report that Doug died recently, aged 92.
Doug joined the Talking Newspaper in the 1980s and was soon elected to be its Chairman, a position he held until his retirement in 2010. During this long period he presided over many changes to the accommodation we use, the equipment we employ, the range of items we record and the contacts we have with Listeners.
For many years audio cassettes were the medium by which the Talking Newspaper was distributed. Under his chairmanship, more sophisticated electronic editing equipment was purchased and steps were put in place to replace the audio cassettes by CDs, this step being followed a few years later by a move to memory sticks. Doug decided that the change to the new equipment would be better handled by a younger person and so he retired and the position of Chairman was taken over by Bill Henderson.
In order to express its gratitude for all the time and effort Doug had devoted over a period of some 25 years, as well as thanking him for the interest he showed in the wellbeing of everyone who was involved with the Talking Newspaper, the Membership appointed Doug to the position of Vice President of the Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper.
The Committee and Members were always pleased to see Doug either at Swail House or informally in Epsom town centre, and we are sad to have lost one of our most longstanding volunteers.
The funeral service was held at Guildford Crematorium on 24th August 2018.
Thank you Doug for the commitment and encouragement you gave us over very many years. You were a real gentleman. We will remember you with gratitude.