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Mr Peter Wakeman Hon FICME

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

It is with regret that the Institute announces the death of Peter Wakeman Hon FICME who passed away on Tuesday 30th August 2016.

The funeral will take place on Friday, 16th September 2016, at 9:45am.

Bushbury Crematorium, West Chapel
Underhill Lane
Bushbury
Wolverhampton
WV10 8JR

Afterwards there will be tea and biscuits at;
The Mount Hotel
Mount Road
Tettenhall
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
WV6 8HL

Donations to Compton Hospice.


Peter was a familiar face to many, having worked for the Institute for many years and served as an active member of the West Midlands, Birmingham and Coventry Branch.

Peter started work in the foundry industry on 1st January 1945 at Charles Akrill, Chilled and Alloy Roll Manufacturers, Hill Top, West Bromwich (UK) as a trainee metallurgist. In 1950 he joined Hale and Hale Malleable Iron Manufacturers, Tipton as foundry metallurgist leaving in 1952 to build and commission a laboratory at C&B Smith, Automobile Ironfounders, Wolverhampton. He remained at C&B Smith until 1986 as chief chemist, chief metallurgist and finally technical manager having been elected a licentiate of the then Institute of Metallurgists in 1951.

In 1986, following transfer of work to Qualcast Derby by Birmid Industries and the closure of the company, he worked at Melcast Limited as consultant to supervise transfer of the company to part of the C&B Smith site.

Peter joined the Institute in 1956 as an Associate Member, transferring to Member in 1988. He joined the head office staff of the Institute in 1987 as assistant to the secretary and subsequently as technical manager and conference organiser. Retiring from full-time employment in 1993, he continued to work for the Institute as a part-time consultant and conference organiser.

During his period employed at the Institute he was Secretary to each of the Technical and Managerial, Courses and Membership Committees, also Secretary to a number of then IBF technical committees. He represented the Institute on BSI technical committees and was a member of the BCIRA Furnaces Committee and the National Coal Board Foundry Coke Quality Advisory Committee.

In 1981 he was awarded the Institute’s Foundry Medal and Prize for his paper entitled: ‘The use of a 40 tonne channel furnace for duplexing from a cupola’, and in 1994 he presented a paper entitled: ‘The IBF its people - past, present and future’, at the Institute’s annual conference.

In 1993 he was awarded the E J Fox Medal for services to the Institute and the industry and he was recognised again in 2007 when he was awarded the Meritorious Services Medal.
Peter was a member of the Institute’s General Council from 1987 to 2007, as a member of staff, co-opted member, branch secretary and elected member. He has been a member of the West Midlands, Birmingham and Coventry branch for many years as elected member, branch secretary and membership secretary and was a regular at branch meetings.
In recognition of his many years of service to the institute at branch and national level Peter was awarded Honorary Fellowship in 2011.

Peter and his wife Joyce attended many Institute functions and also enjoyed getting away from it all by indulging in many miles of serious walking in the British countryside. They also relished travelling both home and overseas and have visited many exotic and remote locations.
Peter was a first-class foundry metallurgist/production specialist for castings for the automotive industry and was also well versed on event management, having organised many successful conferences and technical workshops for the Institute during the late 1980s and through the 1990s.

Peter’s passing is a sad loss to many at the Institute, both at branch and national level. He was always on hand to offer advice and encouragement, whenever it was sought and was a stickler for detail. It was always a pleasure to see him at events and catch up. Everyone who knew him will have fond memories of a warm and approachable man, a true gentleman of the highest order.

Our thoughts are with his wife Joyce, his daughters and the wider family.