On 16 December, some twenty two members of Basingstoke Probus Club, including the current President and Vice President and wives joined Mike Jarvis’s wife, Jo, members of their family and friends and neighbours for a humanist service to celebrate his life. The Crematorium was packed, and several people had to stand to hear tributes from Jo, their children and grandchildren and reading of some of his favourite poems. Quiet music was played to provide an opportunity for reflection on all that Mike had achieved.
Mike had started his working life as a Rolls Royce apprentice, graduating to be an electronic engineer. We discovered that he had been engaged, among other projects, on the design of the “Black Box” which most aircraft now carry, and progressed to Project Management with Shell UK Exploration and had worked on their North Sea rigs. He became a trustee director of the Shell Pensions Trust and during the latter years was involved in pensioner activity. Some of these pensioners were present at the service.
Mike was revealed to us as a devoted family man, a versatile and multi skilled ‘do it yourself ‘practitioner and a prankster with a great sense of humour.
He was President in 2003/04 and had served as Secretary, Treasurer, Programme Secretary and Outings Organiser and when called on, helped the Lunch Steward in taking the money at Sandford Springs. Mike had been one of the members of the investment club that we had heard of from other Probus members and had always been a stalwart supporter of the monthly lunches and evening meetings of the Club.