Farnborough Rotary Club has announced the death of one of its former presidents Mike Gosney, who died Wednesday 15th February after a short illness aged 73.Rotarian Mike Gosney

Although he was born in Raynes Park London, he spent most of his life in Farnborough and attended Farnborough Grammar School.

After leaving school, he join the RAF as a medical orderly for his National Service.

He trained as a Quantity Surveyor in London, after being discharged from the RAF, but returned to Farnborough to set up his architectural services business with his wife Jo.

In the early days Mike concentrated on house extensions and small building projects, but soon found a niche in altering houses for the disabled and ensured they received the grants to which they were entitled to.

Mike was very much involved in the local community for the last 54 years, when he joined Round Table and helped to establish the annual donkey derby held on King George playing fields.

Mike joined Farnborough Rotary club in 1977 and continued to organise the donkey derby and was the main director of the event which benefits many local charities.

He became president of the Farnborough club in 1984 and later became a District Governor in 1993, which has the honour of leading and advising 52 other local clubs throughout Surrey and Hampshire.

As District Governor, he travelled to America for annual conferences and made many friends worldwide in the Rotary movement. He was honoured by Rotary and awarded one of its highest accolades the Paul Harris Award for his work locally and nationally.

The current president Jim Thomson said “He will be great missed within the Rotary community in Farnborough, where he was a leading light, a real “Go To’ person but also at district, national and international level. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mike’s Family”.

Mike leaves a wife Jo, two daughters Debbie and Dawn, four grandchildren and a brother Bill.

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