WHITLEY BAY PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
It was so sad to learn of Jeff's passing last weekend. We all thought he was on a gradual but slow
path back to health after a major operation, but alas it wasn't to be.
Jeff was a member of Whitley Bay Photographic Society for some 15 years. He was a very active
member with a keen interest in many branches of photography. He is our immediate Past President
and was currently on our selection committee and programme sub-committee. Interestingly, his
father, Tim, was also a President of the club as well as Treasurer for many years, and Jeff’s Mam,
Winn, was also an enthusiastic member. Jeff travelled a lot for work but immersed himself in our
club on retirement.
In 2008 he was the Club Colour Print Champion, in 2013 he won Print of the Year and the
President’s Trophy, in 2017 was Advanced Monochrome Champion and again won Print of the Year
and this year he won the Allan Potts Nature Trophy.
In 2013 Jeff was awarded the Weir Trophy for best colour print in the NCPF Annual Competition
with ‘Western Isles’. The same print had won the best individual entry award in the North Tyne
area Interclub Competition in 2012, which Jeff won again in 2016 with his print ‘Ring to Enter’. He
also won best individual entry in the North Tyne area PDI Competition in 2011 with 'Abandoned'.
Jeff was particularly interested in creating audio-visual sequences and developed a great expertise
in this area. He was a trail-blazer in our club, teaching many other members to use the
PicturesToExe (PTE) software over the years. Indeed, he was co-author of the online help guide for
PTE, a tester for software updates and an active member of both the PTE forum and the Barry
Beckham forum. Jeff was also an enthusiastic member of what is now the Northern AV Group
where he gave a well-received presentation last year. In addition, he presented a great many AV
shows on behalf of our club to outside community groups.
Jeff was a man of many interests. Golf, sailing, bowls, piano playing and gardening as well as his
family also took up his time. Indeed in recent years he created 2 lovely gardens. He was also a
qualified badminton coach. He was not content to do anything in a superficial way but always liked
to get to the bottom of things and to learn to do them expertly. This was very noticeable in his
photography where his skills in AV production and in the printing of photographs continually
improved and had reached a very high standard.
He was always available and willing to help and advise other members and to share his knowledge
with them. Jeff was the first person the other members turned to when needing help and support
since he also brought a high level of IT expertise & wisdom in a variety of areas. He was not averse
to turning his hand to a bit of DIY in the club premises when needed. Jeff was very sociable and
enjoyed our club outings, joining in and supporting all our club activities and for some years
organised our annual dinner.
Jeff, you were always a pleasure to be with and we shall miss you enormously.