ERNEST Henry Moore, who held many connections to the local area, has passed away aged 108.
Ernest was born in Dartford on 5 October 1909, but was a familiar face in Byfleet and Weybridge. His son David, having been a member of both the Byfleet Round Table and the Byfleet 41 Club, introduced Ernest to a number of people in the area. Ernest became an honorary member of the 41 Club as the “international officer”, due to the large majority of his time spent in Spain, and was also a member of the West Byfleet Social Club.
His connection to Weybridge was equally as strong. Throughout his career, Ernest worked in aircraft refuelling and assisted designers on Concorde, strengthening his liaison with Brooklands’ aviation industry. During the Second World War, Ernest helped on the building of gun turrets for bomber aircraft, including the Vickers Wellington bombers, which were designed during the 1930s and are currently on long-term display at Brooklands Museum. His 106th birthday party was held on the Concorde that is displayed there and last year Ernest attended the re-opening of the finishing straight at the racetrack. His wake will also be held at Brooklands.
“Dad was a joker and trickster, a faithful husband, a wise and caring father, and a proud and inspiring grandfather,” said David. “From horse-carts to robotics he saw it all, outliving all his contemporaries, but it seems he spent his whole life making and keeping friends. His was a wonderful innings filled with those lasting memories and friendships.”