It is sad to report the recent death of Alan Iles who only a few months ago retired from the GCOCA committee having served for literally decades.
Alan, known to many as Jim, entered the choir as a probationer in the late 1940s and on leaving the choir and the school took an apprenticeship at the Gloucester Aircraft Company. He later worked for Lucas and also for Bryce Berger at Hucclecote. It was during this time he first made himself available to the OC committee.
When in his late 30s his career took a change of direction, he trained as a teacher at a London University training college gaining employment as a Design and Technology teacher with considerable industrial experience. His first post was in Hailsham, Sussex, then quickly back to Gloucestershire, at Naunton Park Cheltenham finishing his career at Marling School in Stroud.
Alan’s interest in the cathedral and choral music never diminished, he and Jill his wife were regular supporters of the Choral Society and the St Cecilia singers, although Alan had a longserving commitment as a member the Stroud Choral Society. In retirement he and Jill gave many hours volunteering as cathedral welcomers. His spare time was taken up by playing Bowls, winter and summer.
Alan’s regular presence at GCOCA committee meetings, AGMs and Reunions was greatly valued.