Mike Mander – JCI UK National President 1985

Mike Mander – JCI UK National President 1985

June 20, 2017 10:10 pm Published by 2 Comments

JCI UK is sad to announce the passing of our 1985 National President, Michael “Mike” Mander.

His good friend, Kenneth Moore, shared these words with us in memory of Mike:

“Mike was a member of JC Leicester and was elected in 1984 as Deputy National President when Neil Kaiper-Homes was President.  In 1985 he served as National President of BJC (British Junior Chamber – JCI UK’s previous name) when I was National President of JCS (Junior Chamber Scotland).  We became close friends during our year in office and our friendship has lasted right to the end and I visited him in his carehome in Clevedon several times over the past few years.  He was an outstanding JC, a great National President but most of all a wonderful and loyal friend who will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace”

Our sympathies go out to Mike’s wife Carol and all of the many friends he made as a member and senator of JCI.  We are very grateful for his years of service to and support of our organisation.

Mike Mander (right) with Kenneth Moore (centre) and Kenneth’s wife Kathy (left) at World Congress in Cartagena, Columbia in 1985

Mike receiving his chain of office

Ken and Mike having fun in the pool at the Scottish Party at World Congress

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This post was written by Sarah Beckwith

2 Comments

  • Ken Moore says:

    Thanks Sarah,
    A lovely and fitting tribute to a great Past President of BJC.
    Mike,Con O’Neill and I were National Presidents of BJC, Ireland and Scotland respectively and were known as the Three Muscateers because of our close friendships.
    Our wives wrote a song about being married to a JC NP to the tune of Bye bye Blackbird and at the request of Phil Berry the World President sang it in front of General Assembly at World Congress in Cartagena 1985.
    We kept up our friendship over all the years visiting each other regularly and I went to see Mike at his care home in Clevedon on several occasions.Sadly his illness left him immobile and unable to communicate but he used to smile when I said – come on you old bugger let’s go for a pint.
    Mercifully his long struggle is now over and may he now rest in the peace he so thoroughly deserves.

  • Con O'Neill says:

    Very Sad to hear of the passing of my old friend Mike, we had such good times back in the day and the close camaraderie of Mike, Ken and myself were the envy of countries all over the world, particularly at the time when people did not expect those of us living in these North Atlantic Islands to be such good friends
    Our deepest Sympathies go out to Carol, Andrea and Paul
    Ar dheis dheis go raibh a hanam
    (My his soul be at God’s right hand)

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