It is with great sadness that we learn today of the passing of Alexandra Anastasia “Sacha” Hamilton, The Duchess of Abercorn, OBE, and dear wife of our esteemed President, His Grace The Duke of Abercorn, KG. We express our sincere condolences to His Grace and the family circle.
11/11/2018 – Mr Brian Roberts
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of our esteemed longstanding colleague, Mr Brian Roberts, who died on 11 November 2018 after a short illness whilst visiting his son in Chester. The funeral will take place in Wrexham on Monday, 19th November, after which Brian’s remains will be cremated. It is hoped that a commemorative service will take place in Belfast at a later date. Brian was awarded with a Presidential Certificate by our President, the Duke of Abercorn KG, at the 2018 Annual General Meeting held on 3 May 2018 to recognise his valuable work over many years in support of veterans in Northern Ireland and an extract from his nomination for this prestigious award follows:-
“Mr Roberts has been involved with The Not Forgotten Association for almost 40 years and he is an immensely proud, dedicated and most effective volunteer member who represents all that is best in our Association. He works remarkably hard and successfully at forging close links with other ex-service and regimental associations, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that the work of The Not Forgotten Association is promoted to the fore and to the fullest extent. Despite being in his early 80s and not enjoying the best of health, he regularly represents the Association at Remembrance events and church services, together with routinely visiting past members who are now sadly frail and infirm. Mr Roberts is also actively involved with the Northern Ireland Disabled Ex-Servicemen’s Association and has held the post of Treasurer within that organisation for over 30 years. Mr Roberts total dedication, willingness and enthusiasm for the work of The Not Forgotten Association is a total inspiration to his fellow members, the ex-service and wider community in Northern Ireland. His widely recognised contribution merits nothing but the highest praise and I most strongly recommended that he be awarded The Not Forgotten Association Northern Ireland Presidential Certificate.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mary and the family circle at this difficult and trying time.