Robert Aldred CEng FIMMM (Obit)
Robert Aldred CEng FIMMM died on 20 March 2011. Known as Bob, he started his mining career in the Lancashire Coalfield in 1947 at Astley Green Colliery and later Gibfield Colliery, where he received practical training while studying mining engineering at Leigh and Wigan Technical Colleges. Together these culminated in the award of a Colliery Managers qualification in 1958.
He served the former National Coal Board, North Western Division, in various official capacities until he transferred to the East Midlands Division in 1962, where he was appointed Area Ventilation Engineer at No 3 Edwinstowe Area, a position he held until retirement in 1985. He was always proud of the success of the industry and the part he played in it.
He wrote and presented numerous technical papers to the Midland Counties Institute of Mining Engineers, some of which were recognised by his peers as being worthy of recognition by the award of silver medals (in 1972 and 1978). Finally, in 1985, he was awarded a gold medal – the first to be awarded for several years.
Activities in retirement
During retirement, he enjoyed gardening, caravanning, voluntary work for the NCH Action for Children and the local Methodist Church, but perhaps most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
He leaves behind two sons and three grandchildren, his wife Jean and two stepchildren.