Griffith Vaughan Williams, 1940–2010
It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Griffith Vaughan Williams, Secretary of CHE. He was 70 years old. Our condolences to his partner, Paul.
Griff was born on the 9th of November 1940 in Bangor, North Wales, and was educated at a local grammar school and then at a college of journalism in Cardiff. He worked for a number of magazines and provincial newspapers around the country, and later in the press office at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which he left about 20 years ago to become a freelance journalist. After retirement he threw himself into many voluntary causes, serving on committees, attending conferences, and forever asking questions at company meetings.
Griff had been a gay activist since about 1964, and was a leading member of CHE from its very earliest days. In recent years, despite ill-health, he had continued to be the driving force behind many of CHE’s activities. He will be very much missed. His final act as Secretary was to sign the contract commissioning a new book about the history of CHE, a history which he had very much helped to make.
We hope to compile a fitting obituary for Griff, and we would very much welcome any memories and thoughts about him. The CHE reunion at Friends House on the 27th of November included many warm tributes to Griff.
Griff's funeral will be at 12:30pm on Wednesday 8th December, at Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Road, Richmond, TW9 4EN. No flowers by request, but Griff's family and partner have suggested that those wishing to pay a tribute to Griff may care to consider a donation to CHE: c/o London Friend, 86 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DN.