From Phil Ward
I regret to report the passing of Mike Windle. Great man, superb moustache.
Mike passed away on the 14th August after being in poor health for some time. He was born in Sheffield on June 22nd 1939. While attending Nether Edge Grammar School he joined the photographic club. His interest in photography developed when he studied at the Sheffield School of Art with the intention of becoming a photo-journalist. However National Service intervened and Michael followed his chosen interest by enlisting as an RAF Photographer.
Mike’s trademark became his moustache and he subsequently became a member of the Handlebar Club. In the 1970s the MoD decreed that facial hair had to be trimmed to insure an airtight fit when wearing a respirator. Mike, duly resigned from the Handle Bar Club, but later rejoined when he retired from the service.
When stationed a RAF Wyton, Mike first met Sylvia, his wife to be, in the Golden Lion in St Ives where her father was the landlord. They married in 1968. Postings included Malta, Marham, Kinloss and Rheindalen. He left the service in 1982 and, having bought a house in Yaxley, took up the postilion of Parish Clerk until he finally retired in 2002.
Mike was dedicated to his family, which included his daughter Debbie, Granddaughter Emma, grandson Jack and great children Olivia and Rose. His funeral was well attended by his family and members of the RAF Photographers Association
R I P Stand down
Was with him in 1961 in Cyprus great chap
Sad news, R.I.P. Mick
Such a nice man, always had time for people.
Per Ardua Ad Astra
Great mate, staggered back from 3JB’s many times and swallowed the occasional glass of Lion ale with him in foriegn climes. He supported me through difficult times and was a true friend.
Great bloke, RIP Mick condolences to his family
Sad to hear. RIP old Clicker – duty done.
Sad to hear the passing of yet another photog. I remember his name, but can’t place him. Anyone have a photo?
Great character with a love of live. RIP Mick
So sorry to hear that Mick has gone. A great mate when stationed at Kinloss. Helped us move into quarters with a loan of lots of furniture!
RIP Mike, Shared many a glass of ale over the years, gone the Squire of St Ives
I was so very sorry to hear about Mick Windle, I remember him with great affection after serving with him at Rheindahlen in the 60’s.