Obituary for Wing Commander George Wilson

26 March 1932 to 3 November 2018

The Cornish Institute of Engineers lost George Wilson, one of its stalwart volunteers on Saturday 3 November 2018 at the age of 86. George lived in his last years with his wife Janet at their house in Cornwall.

As with most of his generation he took his security responsibilities very seriously but we did find out that in the RAF he had worked closely with R&D teams during the Cold War. George was not just a senior engineer in service of his country, but a leader in the development and operation of the UK’s airborne detection and communications systems.

In retirement, George had a variety of interests related to engineering, including a spell as Secretary of the Trevithick Society. Generous with his time he found himself with the job for three years. Within the CIE, George will continue to be remembered for the huge amount of work that he did from 2011 to 2013 to bring together all the records of the history of The Institute from its foundation in 1913. George’s work is available on this website and is accessed on a daily basis by visitors from around the world, an idea that he fully appreciated when he assisted its translation onto the World Wide Web.

Steve Barber attended George’s funeral on 19 November 2018 on behalf of the CIE. In addition to members of his family, including those from Scotland, there was a good turnout of friends and collegues from the Trevithick Society and the Carn Brea Mining Society.

George arrived in a woven basket coffin at the crematorium to the accompaniment of a Lone Piper playing Flower of Scotland. The hymns were “The Lord is my Shepherd” and “Guide me, o thou great Redeemer” (Cwm Rhondda tune). A eulogy was read by his younger brother Louis and a poem by his daughter Louise. The service finished with Nimrod from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, which was most apt considering his long and illustrious association with airborne early warning systems.

Safe Travels George