Ken Sheppard - 1926-2013

Ken, a Life Member of the Marquis Model Flying Club, passed away on 3rd December at the age of 87 Ken was not only a founder member of the Club but the chairman at the inaugural meeting which was held in his garage workshop in 1967. What started years earlier with a loose group of model fliers using a wartime airfield just outside Weymouth near to a pub called the Marquis of Granby became the Club which endures to this day.

He remained as chairman until 1970 and returned to this job between 1995 and 2005. He was always the mainstay of maintaining the club power site and must have covered many miles driving the club mowers which he kept going on a shoestring. He was a keen builder of models and was famous (infamous?) for his incorporation of ingenious mechanisms made from all sorts of scrap materials. Even his flight box had a retractable undercarriage made from (we think) bits of a child’s pushchair.

The photograph shows him with his last (as yet unflown) project, a four electric turbine Vulcan.

The Club’s best wishes go to his wife June, daughter Helen  and his son Phillip (still flying with the Marquis).

Peter Brotherwood (Club Sec)