Tom's connection with the niños de la guerra started as an 11 year old cycling to see the camp at North Stoneham. He became the Association's Honorary auditor and helped guide and steer us through the years. He enabled us to achieve charitable status.
He is survived by his wife Eileen, two sons Michael and Martin, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Tom's son Michael Webb writes
"Dad died peacefully on Saturday 14th at a nursing home in Swindon.
He leaves his wife, two sons, four grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Many of you will remember him as an enthustic supporter of the Basque childrens society of which he was the auditor for a few years.
I believe some of his interest was due to his experience in Southampton when he was a young boy. When he was 11 he cycled to Stoneham to see the vast camp for the niños. Later house was bombed and his father killed in an air raid at Southampton, so at the age of 14 he had to grow up quickly.
In the 90s, his granddaughter married a Galician and moved to Spain to raise 3 great grandchildren. All this motivated him to learn Spanish and take a deep interest in the civil war history.
Dad had many skills and interests including various roles in the scout movement at local, regional and national level for 40 plus years. As a father he was always thoughtful and considerate so that I never remember him raising his voice or getting angry. It's surprising therefore to know that his early nick-name was Paddy!
His profession as a company secretary, trainer and accountant made him extremely efficient but not without a sense of humour. He was ambitious and successful but always had time to help others. He was a great example to me and my brother of a truly kind, considerate, hardworking and responsible father who we are very proud of."
Tom's funeral was held at:
at 1200 hrs on Friday 10 April 2015
Post funeral drinks and light refreshments were at:
11 High Street
at 1330 hrs
Family Flowers only but if you wish Donations to Parkinson's UK