George Ellis

It is with great sadness that we learned that George Ellis, a regular rider with our B group and Vets’ Wednesday rides for many years, has died in Texas after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. George lived in Bramhall, but also had a home in Texas with his American wife Doris. As well as leading rides he took part in several tours organised by CTC and SMCTC, including both the UK and French end-to-ends. Here’s a picture of him on a South Manchester tour to Thiviers in France, in May 2012:

George, St-Jean de Cole

George Ellis in St-Jean-de-Cole

George will be remembered as a true gentleman and friend, always interesting to talk to, and with an extensive knowledge of engineering and aeroplanes. After graduating from Cambridge he was in the RAF (where he flew Lightnings!!), and then became a test pilot in both the USA and the UK. One of his hobbies was flying vintage aircraft at the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire ( Very few pilots were entrusted with flying these aircraft and George was one of them. He kindly made several trips with club members to the Collection’s open days, where his inside knowledge and friendship with the other volunteers gave a fascinating insight to the history , restoration, and experience of flying these ancient aircraft (literally) by the seat of the pants. His final job was as a regular airline Captain with EasyJet. A couple of years ago he and Doris moved permanently to their home in Texas, but George always came to see us when he was visiting the UK, most recently last summer when he dropped in one Wednesday to the Konak Cafe.

He will be sorely missed and our condolences go to Doris and other family members. RIP.

Majorcan Odyssey

SMCTC member Bill Irwin is having fun in Majorca: