We commemorate and pay tribute to former society members who have passed away.

  • Obituary: Frank Barretto.
    26th of April 1925 to 22nd of September 2022. Frank was born in Nagara, Nairobi, Kenya in 1925 to parents Theodoro Augusto and Cecilia Carmelina Pegado Barretto. He was the oldest sibling to Ida, Judith and Willie. At the age of 12 he moved to Goa, a Portuguese colony in … Read more
  • Tribute to: Frank Barretto
    26th of April 1925 to 22nd of September 2022. A Tribute and Remembrance by Phil Barnard. We were saddened to learn the news, which came somewhat belatedly, that Frank Barretto, who was a well-remembered Life member of Wolverhampton Astronomical Society, had passed away on 22 September 2022. I had spoken … Read more
  • Dr Keith Ross: A Tribute and Remembrance
    By Phil Barnard The very sad news that Society member Dr Keith Ross had passed away at Compton Hospice on 21 April 2020 will have come as a great shock to those who knew him. Keith was a modest and unassuming member, but who was at the same time never … Read more
  • Obituary: Dr Keith Ross
    15th March 1946 – 21st April 2020 Keith passed away peacefully at Compton Hospice on 21st April 2020. A retired Consultant Paediatrician at New Cross Hospital for nearly 30 years, he was responsible for establishing the Neonatal Unit and was a greatly admired and respected doctor. His retirement gift from … Read more
  • Obituary: Ron Maddison
    By Phil Barnard On 6 January 2020, I received the following sad news, reported on: Ronald Charles Maddison passed away peacefully at the Advent Hospital in Orlando, aged 84. Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife Margaret, dear father to Christopher, Julia and stepson Mark. Ron was born … Read more
  • Obituary: John Dovey
    Dad was born in 1936 in Colchester as his father Tom Dovey was stationed in army barracks there at the time. Shortly after, the family relocated to Shropshire and Dad was raised in Sutton Maddock near Madeley. When Dad left school he held several forms of employment including coffin maker … Read more
  • Obituary: Simon & Leslie Barnett
    Simon Barnett Simon Barnett, son of Leslie and Helga, was born in Scotland on January 4th 1966. The family soon moved to Helga’s homeland in Germany, where Simon went to Kindergarten, and he and Leslie then relocated to England when the latter’s marriage to Helga failed. Accordingly, Simon’s very early … Read more
  • Obituary: Neville Goodger
    From daughter Karen Kendall, on behalf of her mother Shirley, sisters Lynne and Kathryn, grandchildren Richard, Bethany, Jamie and Charlotte, and other members of Neville’s family. Neville was a remarkable man who was loved by his family and friends. He was born on 29th September 1926 in Fallings Park in … Read more
  • Obituary: David J. Harris (17 November 1933 – 1 July 2017)
    by Phil Barnard David Harris, who passed away on 1 July this year, is very fondly remembered as a founder member and long-standing supporter of Wolverhampton Astronomical Society. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife Mary, son Christopher and daughter Libby. On 12 July, several members of the Society … Read more