Exmouth’s community champion Bernard remembered
PUBLISHED: 09:39 22 September 2017
A ‘true Exmothian’, who has died aged 87, will be remembered as someone who was involved in all aspects of community life.
Among the organisations Bernard Greenaway had long associations with were Exmouth and District Rotary Club, Exmouth Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), and Exmouth Rugby Football Club.
Born in 1930, after leaving school, Bernard joined the family building firm H Greenaway & Sons as an apprentice, where he discovered a love of woodwork.
At 18 Bernard joined the RAF as a national serviceman and was awarded his pilot ‘wings’ at Tern Hill.
Having returned to Exmouth in 1950, he and his brother Roy later took the helm of H Greenaway & Sons from their father Harry and uncle Harold; together they are responsible for many of Exmouth’s buildings, including the swimming pool and entertainment complex at Sandy Bay.
Bernard was an active member of the RAF Reserve and went on to become the commanding officer of Exmouth Air Cadets.
He also was a very prominent member of the East Devon Air Crew Association, and of the RAFA in Imperial Road, where he was chairman in 1974, 1978 and 1997; he was president from 2001 to 2010 and again from 2014 to 2017.
Having played rugby in the RAF, Bernard went onto play for the Exmouth first team and was honoured to be made a life member of the club.
In the 1960s and 1970s he was involved with Exmouth Round Table, becoming chairman and then area chairman, and was then a member of the 41 Club.
He was a Rotary Club member for 50 years, serving as president in 1975-76 and 1985-86.
In 1995 Bernard organised the eight flag poles and flags around the seafront clock tower for the 50th anniversary of VE Day, and organised a ceremony with other service organisations.
To raise funds for the flags, with the Rotary Club he set up the Exmouth Last Night of the Proms concerts, which have continued to this day raising more than £75,000 for various charities.
He also served as chairman of the Exmouth Council of Voluntary Services.
Bernard’s family said he was lovingly remembered by his wife Carole, daughters Beverley and Jo, grandchildren Holly and Alfie, his sister Joan, his nieces and nephews and the rest of his family and friends.