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Gerry Valentine

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Report from Barry F

Very sorry to be the bearer of such sad news, but Gerry Valentine passed away early on Christmas Eve. He had been increasingly frail over the past year and more recently was unable to stand or walk unaided.


Gerry’s funeral will take place on Monday 30th January 2023 at 11h00 at St Mary’s Church in Gt Baddow. 




Barry P

Gerry was a very talented radar systems engineer, colleague and manager. I knew him from the early days at Baddow and Martello with E-R, Eric Gildersleve, Dick Greenwood and Ted Overy. He had a good sense of humour and was proud of his Welsh heritage. Later at Writtle Road he was Systems Engineering Manager within Airspace Control Division and the Engineering Directorate in charge of 743D radar system development and its applications to KAWAL and MUSK projects. Over the years he made an enormous contribution and could always be relied upon. He was a great friend and colleague to many of us. He will be sadly missed. RIP Gerry.


Ian G

Very sorry to hear this sad news. He was a lovely man who could achieve the rare feat of being both respected boss and amiable friend at the same time. I hope that the Valentine Golf Society will live on as a memorial.


Mike P

Very sorry to hear the sad news.


Brian C

So sorry to hear this news. Gerry and I worked together for many years, had children of similar ages and travelled around together in UK and later abroad. It was my privilege to know him.


David F

I was very sorry to get this very bad news. I only knew Gerry from our golfing days in the VGS but he was always very supportive and a gentleman to the end. It is a great loss to us all.


Geoff M

Sorry to read this. Such a tough time to face mortality. Jerry was my last boss at Marconi, for my short time in Systems, but I had many dealings with him over the years before that. He was always convivial and an all around 'good guy'.


Alan M

I worked with and for Gerry for many years and found him a great friend. We did many proposals together for radar systems in many parts of the world and he took care of the radar requirements while usually leaving the display and data handling sections to me and the communications, diesels and infrastructure to others.  He was kind and understanding, had great knowledge and wisdom and was very easy to work with, having a great sense of humour; I also very much enjoyed our Systems group walking trips in the UK to Wales, the Lake District, and the Borders, etc. after retirement. I shall miss his company at golf and had great pleasure playing with him for 25 years or so after we retired. RIP Gerry


Cyril F

I worked with Gerry on a number of projects - what a pleasant man and such a competent Engineer.  

So sad to hear of his death.


David C

Sorry to hear about Gerry. I worked for him for a while at Baddow.  I remember how we all thought his contributions to the team briefs were the best. I believe he had to stop having been told they included too much information. A really nice guy. 


John L

So sorry to hear about Gerry - a really lovely guy.


George R

I was really sorry to hear the news about Gerry. We worked together on many projects, bids and reorganisations over the years and he was always a delight to be with. His calm, logical and always competent approach defused many difficult situations.

I know that on several occasions he was proposed by the company to receive a Government honour for his contribution to business and export. Sadly these nominations never came to fruition.

A very sad loss.

RIP Gerry


David H

So sorry to hear the sad news about Gerry. We had a long

relationship, especially working on Kawal, the Malaysian contract. A very

kind man with a wonderful cheery nature.




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