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Mike Macken

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From the Essex Chronicle, 17 January 2019:


MACKEN Michael Frank

Died 24th December 2018, aged 86... Funeral Service Monday 4th February at 1.30 at Chelmsford Crematorium, South Chapel, followed by Service of Thanksgiving at the Evangelical Church, Grove Road at 2.15 ..."




from Don Halstead (1)

I was never very sure where Mike fitted into the Radar organisation, but I do remember him working in W Block in the early 90s surrounded by trays of transputers (?) destined for Martello signal processing (?) and his endless fretting about his concerns over forthcoming EMC regulations or some such. After retirement I occasionally bumped into him at the Gloucester Avenue shops and heard something of the very debilitating illness suffered by his wife, who died several years ago. Mike always seemed stoical about the situation but it must have weighed heavily. I also seem to remember his hat, Australian outback in style (?).

RIP, Mike.


from Malcolm Mack

Sad news about Mike. First met him when he was working on the Vessel Traffic System for Harwich, when we were deciding where to place the radars. I think Hans Foulkes ex RN was the systems engineer on this. His next job with Hans was the COBRA project where they had a full gun turret in F Block WRW. Met him again on EMC matters later when he was the Company EMC Design Authority / expert. Always found him very helpful and full of knowledge. When he left the company he had a job in the printers opposite Eastwood House in Glebe Road, he could put his hand to most things. A really useful person. I believe he had been in Malaya fighting in the jungle during the emergency, he certainly knew a lot about firearms.


from Don Halstead (2)

Malcolm, many thanks for your note expanding on Mike Macken, and confirming my rather vague memories concerning Mike's involvement with EMC. He talked to me more than once about how hard it sometimes was to persuade colleagues to address the problem seriously. Perhaps his Malaysian adventures explain that curious hat - I always expected to see a circle of corks swinging from it.


from Alan Matthews

I shared an office with Mike for a short time, though we did not work on the same things at all.

As said he had a great interest in firearms,  not really my scene, but we shared a liking for powerful motorcycles.

Recently he often came into the Orange Tree  for glass or two of wine and though we had a short chat sometimes he did not join the MOGS group and sat contentedly at the bar.

I had no idea that he was not well



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