James Arthur Brown.
15th.December 1931 - 14th Febuary 2016
A tribute to Arthur by his friend and colleague Peter Mooney.
Arthur joined the Openshaw Technical College Electrical & Electronic Department in 1969.
He soon became involved in helping to introduce Electrical Installation courses for evening students,
as well as the new CITB block release courses, which initally started with 135 students.
In 1976 as Senior Lecturer Arthur was again involved with Peter Cox the Head of Dept.
in the introduction of Ordinary and Higher National Certificate courses in Electrical Engineering.
He taught on these courses until he took early retirement in 1988.
He ensured that the students reached the highest standards possible. A number of them then went on to University courses.
Also again with Arthur's reccomendation two of the older students became lecturers at the college in the same department.
During his time at the college he enjoyed going to the yearly "bowls" day events, at which he was quite an expert.
Arthur was also for a number years a member of a Brass Band in which he played the Soprano cornet.
He said that he always looked forward each year to playing in the brass band competitions held at the old Belle Vue.
Having taken early retirement Arthur Joined Stockport College on a part time basis.
With his experience and knowledge from Openshaw he helped the senior staff to successfully apply and introduce the ONC and HNC courses.
He also taught short courses on the 15th Edition Electrical Installation Regulations.
going out to individual companies who required their electrical staff to be brought up to date with the regulations,
the companies included British Telecom, - ICI, - B.B.C. Manchester, - ITV, - Manchester Polytechnic, - Manchester Direct Works Dept.
When the retired staff reunions started circa 2001 Arthur was amongst the regular attenders.
It was there that he helped develop the idea of this website.
He then went on to produce the very interesting pages of the history of the college for the website.
In 2008 Arthur and his wife Brenda moved down to live in Helpston village near Peterborough to be near their daughter Alison.
He was a very keen gardener and soon produced a first class garden at his new home.
He had also become well known in the village from when he displayed his wonderful vegetables at the Helpston Open Gardens meetings.
His expertise was then recognised by the local magazine the West Villagetribune, which serves North Peterborough villages such as Helpston.
They asked him to write a gardening column for the magazine, giving advice on what to do in the garden for each part of the season.
Arthur very much liked going on holiday with the family to Treaddur Bay on the Isle of Anglesey, such that he asked that his ashes be scattered there.
click to read a message from Arthur's children.
He will remain in mine and other's thoughts as a friend and colleague who was always there to give advice and encouragement when needed.
(sadly Brenda died on Monday the 8th. of October 2018. click to read a message from her Daughter Janet.)