Written by K&P
OBITUARY: MRS. VERA FINCH.
Widow of Bill Finch and Mother of Sue Shilling.
Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers is very sad to announce the death on the 16 th
February of Vera Finch, surrounded by her family in Kingston Hospital.
David Barrington (General Secretary 1985 – 2012) remembers Vera and her family
She was the wife of Bill Finch, a long-time active Official and Committee member of
Surrey AC. The Finches were extremely active within Surrey AC primarily, and were
at the heart of its social organisation, with both daughter and son joining.
When the Ladies of that Club metamorphosed into RBK AC, the Finch/Shillings were
part of that new Club and then into the K&P firmament at the merger with
Polytechnic Harriers in 1985. Bill was K&P's first Officials Secretary and as a
qualified Track Judge, was our regular Track Referee.
Doris Dean continues the story of the Finch Family and its association with K&P:
“When I was Secretary of Surrey A.C the Finch family were of great
importance to the club. Bill was a track official and Vera played one of the biggest
roles in that Vera organised, with the help of Bill and other members of the family, our
biggest source of income: a weekly BINGO session which was in our old pavilion at
Norbiton, before the development of the new track and facilities we now know as
Kingsmeadow. These social events were very popular and I and many other club
Son David Finch had become a member of Surrey A.C in the 1960's and was
followed by his sister, a young girl about 11years who joined, making the Finch
family complete SAC members.
The Senior men left to join Belgrave Harriers and I did not come back into the Club
until Kingston AC amalgamated with Polytechnic Harriers through David Barrington.
This young girl who is still serving the newly-formed Club was Sue, who later
married Peter Shilling.
Vera worked hard and when Bill died she still took a part in the catering side of the
then Kingston Ladies A.C Even through her illness in later years, Vera was still
knitting and selling items, through her daughter Sue, for the benefit of the Club.
Our deepest sympathy goes to Sue, Peter, David and Alan at the loss of their dear
mother and the name of Finch will be well remembered amongst all the older Club
members. I am very proud to be the holder of two “Bill Finch Awards”.
K&P joins with David and Doris in sending our deepest sympathy to Vera's family,
and Members will be representing the Club at Vera's funeral at Kingston Crematorium
on Tuesday 4th March at 11.00am.
Donations will be gratefully received by the Kingston Hospital League of Friends.
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