The TR Register are hugely saddened by the untimely loss of one of our most dedicated club members, Merve Parkes.
All members are invited to attend the funeral, in their TRs, to give our mate the send off he deserves. Merv's funeral will take place on Friday 8th December at 2:10 pm at Stourbridge Crematorium, DY8 3RQ.
Family flowers only, please. Donations may be made to the Severn Valley Railway.
Afterwards a wake will be held at Birmingham Group's normal meeting place, the Somers Club, Halesowen, B62 0JH. For catering purposes, please advise Paul Tunnadine, by text or email, if you plan to attend. Paul.Tunnadine@sky.com or call 07901 715752.
Merve had served the TR Register Car Club with huge dedication for many, many years. He joined the club in 1979 and drove his TR6 regularly around Wales on his days off from his job in Accountancy. A member of Birmingham group and its Treasurer for a time, he eventually went on to take the role New Spares Fund Treasurer and hence became a national committee member. Merv then became TR Register Financial Director and for many years worked tirelessly to ensure the entire club was on a firm financial footing. That the TR Register is the resource rich club we all enjoy is in no small part, thanks to Merv. Many will recall fondly his dry Black Country humour which he always brought to the annual accounts at with his AGM pie charts.
Merv Parkes was involved with the clubs insurance company and a Trustee for TS2. He was part of the very fabric of the events at the TR International weekends, where he for many years busied himself with chasing members to bring their TRs into the arena. He organised the annual car park concours for Birmingham Group. Also for many years helped set up, source cars for and dismantle the stands for the many classic car chows at the NEC and Stoneleigh Park, and the sight of Merv arriving with the hire van heralded the beginning of many a fondly remembered show weekend. On the Saturday at the NEC Classic Motor Show Merv would always ensure the volunteeres who had worked so hard to pull the show togther were rewarded with being well fed and watered.
Merv was fan of Cricket and Le Tour which he used to call chess on wheels and a member of the Severn Valley Railway . His support included being on first name terms with the bar staff at pub at Bridgnorth station. As he used to say "we're not here to enjoy ourselves " - meaning it was time to crack on and drink more beer. Being a CAMRA member meant that he was present at many beer festivals. In the last year he was part of the drinking team visiting St Ives , Liverpool and London.
Merv Parkes stepped down from the position of Financial Director at the 2016 AGM and was thus awarded the position of Honorary Vice President last year. He was proud of his membership card which expires in 2050.
Merve Parkes' untimely passing was the result of a fall on the stairs of his house. He was found by Police on October 31st after a concerned relative raised concerns.
Missing you Merve, the club will never quite be the same again, and by the way, it's your round!