Mr Tim Waller – FRA chairman

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It is with great sadness that we must report the death of our Chairman Tim Waller.  Tim, who was 75, died peacefully in Epsom Hospital on May 3rd after a long battle with cancer.

Many residents will know that only last month Tim chaired the FRA’s AGM in Fetcham Village Hall.  Showing great courage, he conducted the meeting with his usual authority and good humour, clearly determined to serve the community for as long as he possibly could.  Sadly, this was his last public engagement.

After becoming Chairman in April 2019, Tim had led the FRA with enormous skill and energy.  He doubled its membership, increased both its income and charitable giving, and extended its influence.

Paying tribute FRA President Tim Hall said:  “Tim was a tremendously talented man, with depths of wisdom from his commercial experience, charm and intelligence. He did everything with great enthusiasm and determination. Whether for the FRA, or in the world of Patient Participation Groups and the Friends of Leatherhead Hospital, he took on the challenges and made a difference to local people and our communities. He will be much missed in many places.”

Tim Waller was born and brought up in Epsom and went to the City of London Freemen’s School, which was also attended by his future wife Jacquie.

On leaving school Tim decided to move into banking, first as a trainee with Lloyds and then entering the world of merchant banking in the City. 

Tim and Jacquie were married in 1968 and after a few years in the Aldershot area, they moved to Fetcham, first of all to a house in School Lane.  They had two sons, James and Matthew.

In 1996 Tim decided to have a change of direction and purchased The Red House Care Home in Ashtead.  Over the next ten years Tim and Jacquie worked tirelessly to modernise and improve the home and by the time they sold it in 2008, it had been awarded 3-star status.

Among Tim’s passions were good fellowship and charitable giving, and he was able to enjoy both of these things as a member of The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers, one of the livery companies in the City of London.

Subsequently he became Clerk of the company and then in 2008 he served as Master, presiding over many fundraising events.

In his retirement, health had started to become an issue, but that didn’t prevent Tim becoming involved in local community affairs, such as the Round Table in Leatherhead, and with Jacquie, enjoying some well-earned overseas travel.

When Tim became a Vice Chairman of the FRA he quickly brought all his experience to bear.  He realised that if the FRA was to maintain its influence and represent the interests of the village, it needed to raise its profile to win over new residents as well as old. 

As Chairman he set about this with typical vigour and enthusiasm, setting out a strategy to build a modern website, and communicate the work of the FRA more clearly to residents, via the twice-yearly Newsletter and improved social media.  He was always on the look out to bring new talent on to the FRA’s committee, and ready to gently persuade anyone thinking of leaving to remain.

He was also a champion for the village traders, enlisting their financial support to cover the costs of the revamped Newsletter, so it could be distributed to all households in Fetcham whether or not they were FRA members.

It is a mark of his great industry and commitment to Fetcham that he has left us with so many ongoing projects he would dearly have loved to have seen completed.  Projects such as the ongoing negotiations with SES Water over the future of the land at Fetcham Springs; efforts to improve the look of the village shopping area including a new village sign; applying pressure on our highways authorities to prevent speeding, and of course making sure that the promises made in the proposed Local Plan are honoured. 

We are truly indebted to him. 

Ian Anderson (Vice Chairman and Editor)

SOME TRIBUTES TO TIM WALLER

We have received many kind tributes to Tim from those who knew him in his capacity as FRA Chairman.

Previous FRA Chair Susanne Taylor

“I had the very dear pleasure of working with Tim for several years during my time as Chairman of the FRA. He was always extremely articulate, loyal, supportive and incredibly generous of his time and spirit, and his commitment to the community was always second to none.”

Clare Curran,  Surrey County Councillor (Bookham and Fetcham West)

“I am so very sorry to learn of Tim’s death.  He was a fine man who has been an outstanding chairman of the residents’ association.  I am sure that everyone who knew him will mourn his passing very much.”

Lynne Brooks, Councillor for Fetcham East

“Tim was a tireless contributor to the FRA and village community. He was honourable and dealt with matters with the utmost integrity. He will be sorely missed.”

Paul Kennedy, Councillor for Fetcham West

“Tim was an inspirational chair of the FRA and a dedicated servant of the Fetcham community. Despite having the authority and self-confidence that came with his considerable experience, he was always fair, generous to others, and ready to listen to what everyone had to say. Tim will be greatly missed.”

Raj Haque, Councillor for Fetcham West 

“Extremely saddened - such a wonderful human being. Always discharged his duty with conviction. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. “ 

Piers Mason, Interim Deputy Chief Executive Mole Valley District Council

“I had the pleasure of working with Tim as part of the Residents Association Group meetings that we hold every couple of months.  Further, he was a great help to me personally in understanding and finding contacts for the various elements of NHS primary care provision in the area in order to bring together infrastructure provision.  That work, which he was instrumental in starting for the benefit of all residents, will continue.  Very sad news and I pass on my sincere condolences to his family and friends.”           

Peter Seaward, Chairman Bookham Residents Association

“Tim was an enthusiastic and committed supporter of all local issues not only in Fetcham but across the wider area of north Mole Valley. He was a good friend of us all in the Bookhams Residents' Association and especially to me as Chairman. He joined with  all our colleagues in Leatherhead and Ashtead and made significant and lasting contributions to many of our local civic matters.. On so many occasions we found common ground in particular in our dealings with Mole Valley District Council.  Tim was also the Chairman of the Patient Participation Group at Eastwick Medical Practice which serves most of Bookham and Fetcham and this group benefited from his experience and background.  Additionally his contacts with the local Hospital Trust, now, St. Georges, Epsom and St Helier were invaluable. His responsibilities at Leatherhead hospital were well recognised and work he has started will serve us all well in the future.   It a pity he will not be here to see the things he began progress successfully. Tim was a good friend , an efficient and working partner, always friendly,and so often excellent company to be with.  Tim will be much missed not only in Fetcham but in the wider community including all of us here in Bookham. 

Caroline Cardew-Smith, Vice Chairman FRA

“I feel very privileged to have met him, he was a wonderful man, so full of enthusiasm and energy. He was very kind and persuasive in getting what he wanted, which was always the best for Fetcham. He worked so tirelessly for the FRA he will be sorely missed."

Richard Bradfield, Vice Chairman FRA

“The FRA, and Fetcham, has much to thank Tim for. His vision and some of that same determination has breathed fresh life into all that the association does, how it is done and  how appreciated it is by Residents, Traders, neighbouring RA’s, Council & Councillors alike.”

Patrick Bisgood, Vice Chairman FRA

“I am so glad he was able to chair the last AGM after two years of virtual AGM’s.  It must have been hard for him but he made an excellent speech.  I am sure he was happy to be back in the milieu of a physical meeting and socialising afterwards.  He’ll be a very hard act to follow.”

Tim's funeral will be on May 23rd at St Mary's Church, Fetcham, at 12 noon.

Tim was proud to have served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers in 2008-9
Tim pictured with Susanne Taylor and FRA President Tim Hall at the AGM in 2019

One comment

  1. I am deeply saddened to hear this news. I had known Tim for many years in different capacities, he was a true gentleman with a wonderful smile. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

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