Gene Alexander 1916-2018
It’s with great sadness that we have to report the passing of the club’s oldest member – Gene Alexander at the age of 102. Gene was originally a member of the Camberley Wheelers (having joined in 1935 at the age of 19) which merged with the Farnborough C.C. to become the Farnborough & Camberley C.C. and has been a member for over 60 years. In the 1950’s she was a prolific rider in short distance road and track events and in 1951 with J.Budd broke the womens’ tandem 30 mile record in a time of 1.11.36, in 1955 as Gene Tiley she broke the womens 25 mile record in a time of 1.04.01. She was also a good track rider and at Reading track set a new hour record of over 22 miles, -considering that was done on a cinder track I don’t think there are many lady riders who could cover the same distance to-day in the same conditions.
Gene was always a staunch supporter of the club and would usually be present at Bentley issuing out the numbers at the club Open events until ill health prevented her getting out. Her birthday was in February close to the club’s AGM and I shall always remember the day the dates actually co-incided and she still turned up!
A lovely lady who will be greatly missed by all those that knew her.
Dick Poole – President
The photo is of Gene and husband Vince at the FCCC Open TT in March 2016
Gene’s funeral was held on Thursday 17 May 2018 at Easthampstead Crematorium.
It was a lovely service and very well attended, including several club legends from the past (see the upcoming June newsletter for more details) paying their respects to a fellow legend, Gene.
Donations, if desired, to Stroke Association, c/o Cooperative Funeral Directors, 68 Victoria Drive, Farnborough GU14 7PH