Barney Gibbens, OBE, R.I.P.

05 June 2012
Barney Gibbens, OBE, R.I.P.

On Monday June 4th my good friend Barney Gibbens, one of the founders of the EGG Golf society, secretary for over 25 years, raconteur, gentleman, and all round jolly good egg, passed away. He is survived by his wife, Tina, who also acted as the society's administrator in the years before the web site came into being. Many mourned the passing of Barney's humour-filled letters that dropped into our mailboxes every month, but in the end technology had its way and typed letters gave way to web site posts. Sadly Barney became ill several years ago and has not had the opportunity to play his beloved golf game for over 6 years. 

As many of you know, the EGG Golf Society was originally founded in 1968 at Gleneagles, and its membership was almost exclusively made up from members of the IT industry. Barney was one of the leading lights of the industry in the 1970's and 1980's and while he was chairman of SEMA he also became the founding Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the 100th City Livery Company. Over the last 20 odd years Barney has contributed selflessly to the good works of the Company and he will be sorely missed by that august body of men and women.

I'm sure we would all like to remember Barney as he was at the helm of our EGG Society. I can see him now sitting on the sunlit terrace at the back of the Petwood hotel in Woodhall Spa, revelling in thrashing his latest victim on the croquet lawn, sipping a large scotch and recounting tales of derring do. 

God bless you Barney, and Rest in Peace.

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