THE death has been announced of Guy Vermes, of Falaise, Normandy, on January 10 after a long and courageous fight
THE death has been announced of Guy Vermes, of Falaise, Normandy, on January 10 after a long and courageous fight against cancer.
His wife, Marie Claude, was one of the founders of the twinning arrangement with Henley and they both visited the town regularly over the next 40 years and really loved Henley.
Guy was born in 1945 and farmed near Falaise, with his family, Laurence, Alexis and Arnaud.
He was a lively person of varied talents, including poet, musician and drummer. He also had a great love of motor bikes and British cars.
He had a great sense of humour, especially when speaking Spanish with Andy Hurst.
Just before his retirement he gave some of his fields to grow tulips to be sold as cut flowers each year and the proceeds were for the treatment of cancer patients. It was called “Tulipes pour le cancer”. This became a nationwide initiative.
Guy was a member of Rotary and the 41 Club, both of which have strong links with Henley.
His funeral took place at Notre Dame de Guibray, Falaise, where he worshipped all his life.
Representatives and friends of Henley attended to support Marie Claude and the family in their sadness at the loss of a loving husband, father and friend to Henley who will be sorely missed.