NEWS has reached the Examiner that a former president of the London Manx Society, Preston Glass, died recently in Luton, aged 67.
His late father, the Reverend E. B. Glass, was Archdeacon of Mann.
Preston attended King William’s College from 1955 to 1962, where he was active in the Combined Cadet Force. When he left school he joined the regular Army for nine years, serving in Germany and Aden. He held the position of Regimental Surveyor with the 1st Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery and later transferred to REME.
He was a meticulous man and for many years was a clerical officer at the European Rail Passenger Office of British Rail in their offices at Paddington. Early retirement enabled him to indulge his passion for railway travel to the farthest reaches of the globe, with him travelling in Canada, the USA, Australia, Japan, Vietnam and throughout Europe. From his home in Luton, he also travelled extensively on trips across Britain, often visiting the much-loved Severn Valley Railway at Bridgnorth in Shropshire and further destinations. He also had a fondness for good jazz and real ale.
He visited the Isle of Man once a year and took delight in the diversity of antique railway systems, which served as a reminder of his many years here. Mr Glass made a significant and important contribution to the London Manx Society during his presidency and long-term membership of the committee.
For several years he held the offices of the society’s honorary secretary and social secretary and he arranged outings and Manx quizzes. He was even known to play the spoons with great verve at the occasional mhelliah, performing to the accompaniment of recorded music brought back from his travels.
Long-term friend Sam Alder said: ‘Personally I will miss my weekly chats with Preston over the most wide ranging topics, on all of which he was well informed. He was greatly sustained by his Christian faith and the connection with his local church. Preston Glass was a singular man and we shall all miss him.’