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Tribute letter to George Baron OBE

Letter from The President of the States of Alderney - July 2016

George Baron will be sorely missed.  There is barely a part of Island life and recent history in which he was not involved.  In fact, he was woven into the fabric of Alderney.  His father built the lighthouse.  It was George who first saw the evacuation ships arriving as a boy while keeping lookout from Fort Albert.  He was then evacuated with most of the Island and went on to serve in the army during the war, returning to the Island on his demobilisation.  He ran a building firm providing work to many local people.  He was a founder member of Alderney Sailing Club, without whose help it would never have got off the ground, as well as being its inaugural commodore for many years, and was still attending functions there until recently. He was a founder member of the Golf club, the squash court could not have been built without his help, to name but a few.  In addition, he raised a large and happy family together with the love of his life, his wife Margery.  The list of his achievements and contribution to island life is endless.

Not only was he setting an example in his private life.  He went on to become an exemplary beacon with regard to public service.  He served as a Jurat, bringing his experience to bear in this role for twenty eight years.

He served twice as President of the States of Alderney for a total period of eight and a half  years.  During this period his steady hand was often at the helm, guiding the Island through some problematic times.  He set high standards through his personal demeanour and was equally comfortable hosting Royalty, dealing with the Bailiff, British Government officials, members of the States, sporting clubs he did so much to support, or just being with the people of the Island.  This self-sacrifice and dedication was recognised by the establishment when he was awarded an OBE.

There are very few people here in Alderney whose lives he has not touched for the better, when they made George they threw away the mould!

I was privileged to be able to call George a friend and I will miss his wise counsel and good advice as I am sure will many others.

At this time as we reflect on his life and achievements, let us not forget his large family. I am certain that I speak for the whole Island when I say we will miss him, but let our thoughts and prayers also be with them and his many friends.

 

W Stuart Trought, President