A Fond Farewell to Brian Woodhams
The hardest farewell of all is the final one. To hear that we have lost Brian Woodhams is a heartbreak.
When he came to South Africa to work for Eskom Energy Company, he became a key player in helping me set up the 1986 Indaba, using the computer facilities available at the power station, where he was based. We could not have even started without that! Thanks to his wife Janine’s support, he involved the family in all manner of club activities, making friends and lifelong associations along the way.
The committee agreed, on hearing that the Woodhams were returning to England, that Brian be made an Honorary Life Member of the MG Car Club Johannesburg Centre, an honour of which he was extremely proud… and their new home in Duxford, quickly became a haven for all manner of South African MG members, made most welcome by Janine and Brian.
His enthusiasm ensured that his involvement in MG affaires, in not only England, but what I had referred to, as the MG Family Worldwide just grew, and he became not only the Africa Overseas Director, but would then travel to European, US and Australian events making even more friends abroad. He returned to Indabas in the Cape and Natal as an Honorary MGCC member to Bella-Bella with Janine, they then rode on the Blue Train with the Allisons to Cape Town and on to events in Port Elizabeth and East London. With a son in Cape Town, and good friend Roger Lewis as host they attended the last PE Indaba in the late Ralph Clarke’s MGB now under the care of Roger Lewis.
Always keen to hear of our ship stories, Brian took Janine cruising, first the Caribbean, then the Med before South America and finally a super trip via the Seychelles, Petra in Jordan through the Suez to Italy. They both loved life and MGs!
It is now to Janine that our love and prayers must go…and that those closer will ensure that the love and friendship Brian gave others will be given to Janine and family, now when they need it most!
Farewell my friend…you have been a good and faithful MG friend to all…we salute you!
Pat and Norman Ewing
National Chairman and President MGCC CSAC