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27/10/2017
Frederick Oliver Marsh (1925-2017)
The Trustees of the Royal Aero Club Trust are sad to report the death of Frederick Oliver Marsh on 27 October 2017 at the age of 92. Fred Marsh was the founding Chairman of the Trust, for whom he also served as Vice President. It was Fred’s inspiration to establish the Trust in 1998 with two main objectives: maintaining and enhancing the historic artefacts, memorabilia, and archive documents of the Royal Aero Club; and providing bursaries to support the training and development of aspiring young aviators. Fred Marsh was widely known in sporting and general aviation circles, where he had made a significant and sustained contribution. Fred had been a member of the Royal Aero Club for more than 50 years and served as its Chairman in 1996-97. He was appointed as one of the Vice Presidents in 1998. Fred began Air Racing in 1964 and was British Air Racing Champion for 1972 and twice winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Formula One Trophy. Fred’s outstanding contribution to aviation was recognised by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots in 2016, when he was awarded their Sword of Honour. Fred Marsh was truly a “one off”, who will be greatly missed by all those who were privileged to have known him.