We (the Committee) are sorry to have to inform the membership of the passing of Paul Parker.
Paul was a founding member, and first Chairman of Peterborough U3A way back in 1992. Many of you may have got to know him through his many years as Group Leader for the Day Visits group, and/or his Alphabet of Music group which he led for many years.
Below is a precis of Paul's history with PU3A with detail taken from an article written by Helen Henton in 2017
Paul was a Mathematics teacher, from Bretton Woods Community School in his working life. In 1992 he became enthused by the concept of the U3A. This energy and enthusiasm led to a steering committee forming, and holding an initial meeting, which Paul attended. Those attending included 80 interested members of the public. With publicity in the local press within a few weeks the residents of Peterborough had requested 122 membership forms and further growth was predicted.
Paul was elected to the Chair at the first Official U3A Meeting held in July 1992, a position he held until 1995.
Paul was also the driving force, and original editor behind the publication of a newsletter for PU3A. Paul continued to edit the Newsletter for eighteen years, retiring from the task quite recently.
In 1997 Paul took on the mantle of Day Visits Group leader, and arranged travel and outings to a variety of fabulous places of interest: museums, exhibitions, forts, piers, concerts, gardens and magnificent houses of greater or lesser stature right up until 2017.
Paul also started the Musical Alphabet Group, using his very extensive record collection as a basis for the popular group.
Paul passed away on 30th July, after a period of ill health over the past year.
Paul's funeral will take place at Nassington Church (Church Street, Nassington, PE8 6QG) at 11am on 20th August. This will be followed at 12.30pm by cremation, which we believe will be restricted to family only, and then there will be a gathering at the Queens Head at Nassington.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul's family at this very sad time.