In Celebration of

Stuart Ian Wilson

29 August 1954 -  24 February 2017

Those here share in the deep sadness of the death of Stuart Ian Wilson who passed away peacefully on 24 February 2017.

Stuart was brought up in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and attended Banbury School. Always with a strong work ethic he took on a variety of jobs and went on to Teacher Training College. In 1975 he joined HM Customs and Excise and had a superb innings as an Officer in London, at East Midlands Airport and latterly in East Anglia until retiring in 2013.

Retirement enabled Stuart to discover more of Norfolk with his wife Sue and make visits to his children and grandchildren of whom he was extremely proud. He loved family get togethers and celebrations. And it would be remiss not to mention Stuart’s love of public transport particularly, trains, trams, buses and waterways and his interest in nostalgic memorabilia.

Despite worsening health over the years Stuart contributed to community life wherever he could and continued to develop his interests. He became the author of the Makey Mysteries (writing from home surrounded by cats) and was an avid online political campaigner and debater of current affairs . Always a man to stand up for social justice.

As Stuart was an author best to finish in his own words:
'Like the quiet life in a busy sort of way. Passionate about community life and also keen on all things historic. Also active on my local Parish Council and in the project to celebrate 100 years since the Aylsham Navigation closed to traffic, This project has led to the formation of the Bure Navigation Conservation Trust which I am very keen to see be a success. It plans to promote responsible access and use of the river by all.

Favourite Quote: Nil Illegitimi Carborundum. Don't let the bastards grind you down

Stuart is survived by his wife Sue and three sons Mark, Neil and John.

Family flowers only please. We are asking for donations to the RNLI in lieu of flowers. Thank you


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Mark Little (Friend and colleague on Brampton Parish Council)

Written on 04 March 2017 from Brampton

Stuart cared for his fellow villagers and worked hard for them through the Parish Council, the Village Hall and through his wider interests in local affairs and history. He was always willing to give of his time. He will be much missed.

John Dawson (Former colleague)

Written on 05 March 2017 from Boyton, Suffolk

A good colleague for many years and one with a reputation for being doggedly committed and with an incisive mind. Always interesting to chat to about 1950's nostalgia of all forms of transport. Will be missed. Just a pity retirement was not rather longer.

floyd devonish (Former work Colleague)

Written on 06 March 2017 from East Anglia

Sorry to hear the sad news. I completely agree about Stu's drive and determination at work. Once he was on a case you knew he would explore all angles of it and he was therefore a joy to work with and better still someone whose teaching you could rely on.

Darren jackson (Friend)

Written on 06 March 2017 from Hethersett

Stuart Wilson once described me as " a Brexiteer, but one of the nicer ones".
Will really miss seeing your blogs online Stuart, we rarely agreed politically but you always kept it good natured when I could be hot headed . A true gentleman with a heart of gold.
Deepest condolences to sue and family

DAVID HILL (Colleague.)

Written on 08 March 2017 from Ipswich

I remember Stuart from both his Nottingham CIU and East Midlands Airport days, well before he became part of 'Anglia' Intel. He was always a very good team player, always prepared to assist others. Whenever the Mobile Task Force visited EMA he always went out of his way to help us out and made us feel welcome. Sometimes against the wishes of his local colleagues and management. Stuart was always a real Customs Officer.