It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of Gordon Hill. He was a very active member of both the DBKA and the Tiverton Branch.
He started beekeeping back in 1949 and was a keen user of the Smith hive.
Not satisfied with just being a beekeeper he was a member of several beekeeping organisations and obviously enjoyed taking on officer roles within those organisations.
He was the Secretary of the Tiverton Branch for 40 years and became their honorary President in 2002.
He was Chairman of the DBKA from 1990-1993 when he then became their President until 1996.
He was also Chairman of the Show Committee and in that role he met many of the Royal Family including the Queen & Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret and Princess Anne.
The DBKA awarded him a 50 Years in Beekeeping certificate in 2001.
For 15 years he organised Beekeeping trips abroad. A Somerset members recalls the following 'I and other Somerset BKA members will remember Gordon chiefly from the time that he and Marion organised the Devon BKA annual continental beekeeping trips. I still have a letter he sent to me regarding our trip to Alsace and Black Forest in 1989. I think he organised this annual event for many years. I always found him to be so efficient, well organised and always so courteous and pleasant to deal with. ' The destination of their trips included the Loire valley, the Rhine valley, Switzerland, Germany & Ireland and included Beekeepers from Somerset to Yorkshire and Ireland.
He was also an active member of BIBBA, DARG and was the Chairman of the SWJCC.
Gordon died a few days before his 95 birthday and our thoughts go out to his wife Marion ( a keen supporter of his beekeeping), his daughter Beverley, son-in-law Tony and Granddaughter Emily.
His funeral will take place at East Devon Crematorium, Rockbeare on Monday 3rd October at 2.30 pm.