Funeral Service for Past President Dennis Freeman

President of the Probus Club of Basingstoke 1988/89

The funeral service for Dennis Freeman was held on Tuesday 8th March 2022 at All Saints’ Church, Fairfields, Basingstoke followed by interment at Worting Road Cemetery.

Dennis had been President of the Probus Club of Basingstoke 1988/89 and must have been one of the youngest holders of that position probably helped by retiring at the age of only fifty-five in 1980.

He had left school at 14 and studied to become a draughtsman. He wanted to become a pilot during WW2 but was rejected because he was colour blind. Instead, he trained people in aircraft recognition at Biggin Hill.

Dennis joined Lansing Bagnall as a draughtsman and designer, becoming a senior consultant with LB Technical Services, which was then spun off as Modern Materials Management in which Dennis served as a director.

With his wife, Dorothy, who predeceased him in 2013, they enjoyed a long retirement engaging in various activities including travelling to Australia where one of their daughters lives and who came to the funeral. The service was well attended by his family and friends and by some of the regular congregation of All Saints’ Church where Dennis was a member.

He had been a regular attendee at the Probus evening meetings at the church in Chineham and then for a while at our combined meetings at the Test Valley Golf Club. During the last couple of years when his health deteriorated, he enjoyed attending the Memory Club in Basingstoke.

Our club was represented by Honorary Secretary, Stephen Thair and Ron Baxter MBE, who had been President 2005/06.