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In Memory of Alan Henry Neville

Editor's Note: Born in October 1, 1925 in England and passed away on May 14, 2002 in Kelowna, BC

In June 1992, Alan was one of the founding members of the NFB:AE and became the organization's first Vice President. He was the editor of the first three editions of the Canadian Monitor. (now Canadian Blind Monitor). Not only was he involved with the national board but also he was very active in the Central Okanagan Chapter as Vice-President for several terms. In February 1999, he was elected again to the national board as Director at Large. Alan's dedication, hard work and wisdom will be missed by all of his NFB:AE friends who were fortunate to have shared many experiences with him. We will always cherish our memories of Alan.

Below are some parting comments from NFB:AE members:

  • I will miss Alan as I grew to admire and respect him.

  • I will always be grateful for the friendship we developed in the time we knew each other.

  • He will be remembered fondly and missed greatly.

  • Alan was the voice of reason in a group of people often floundering as the organization began to grow. His input will be missed.

  • I too am saddened to learn that Alan has passed away. He lived a long life that leaves a lot to celebrate. He did a lot to move ahead the agenda of the independent blind movement.

  • I will miss Alan very much.

  • He was a true gentleman and a real brain behind the NFB:AE movement.

  • I would also like to add my sincere condolences on the sad passing of Alan Neville. One of the nicest things about this tough work is the friendships one can develop, and I have spent numerous enjoyable times with the Neville's.

  • He will be missed.

In Memoriam - Barry Bridgeman Another advocate for the betterment of the lives of persons with disabilities has passed on

Barry Bridgeman died of a heart attack on Friday, August 16, 2002.

Barry was involved in the cross disability and blindness movements for years. He was a union brother with the United Food and Commercial Workers while working under the CaterPlan service run by the CNIB in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he lived. He worked on the Independent Living Resource Centre's Board as the Manitoba League of the Physically Handicapped's representative (now the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities). Barry worked closely with Alan Simpson as the Program Committee's Chairperson. He was there with the cross disability movement as it started in Manitoba. Barry was an advocate for employment and Board member of Reaching Equality Employment Service for a number of years.

Barry will be missed, especially by his wife, Ainley.