Trevor Bantock Saunders
Trevor Bantock Saunders was born in Halton, in Runcorn in June 1933. His father was a Chemical Engineer and his mother was Head Cook in a secondary school. He was proud to carry the name Bantock - a family name after Sir Granville Bantock, the composer, who ironically had his music, Sea Reivers, performed for the first time in the Albert Hall at the Last Night of The Proms in September 2013. Trevor was a keen amateur musician, playing both the violin and viola in local orchestras and chamber music with his friends. He was also a keen and regular concert-goer.
From Ormskirk Grammar he went on to Manchester University, where he graduated in Mathematics. During his time in Manchester, he met Elizabeth Bradbury, a medical student, in the university orchestra - he was playing the violin and she the timpani. They married on 22nd August 1959 at Whalley Range in Manchester. Trevor and Elizabeth began their working lives in the south of England, but returned north after a couple of years in time for Catherine to be born in 1961 in St Annes. Rosemary and Richard followed in 1963 and 1965. He subsequently had a total of seven grandchildren.
By this time Trevor was working at the then British Aircraft Corporation, where he remained for 33 years. Alongside a successful career, he continued to play in orchestras and sail whenever he could. In 1983 he bought a Westerly Konsort Drumlin [a 29ft sloop built by Westerly Marine in Hampshire] which he and Elizabeth enjoyed sailing for many years before downsizing to a Lytham Character Boats Lune Pilot [14ft 6in] in 2002 which he sailed, often single-handed, from Glenridding Sailing Centre right up to October 2012. Sanderling was the name of his Lune Pilot, and also the name if his favourite bird.
Trevor retired from BAe in April 1993 and soon after took the position of Director General of ETW, the European Wind Tunnel in Cologne. Trevor and Elizabeth spent five very happy years in Germany before returning to the Fylde in 1998. They continued their connection to Germany through their membership of Blackpool German Circle.
Trevor was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001- an illness which he bore with great fortitude, nursing Elizabeth until her death in July 2006 and constantly fighting for the best possible care for Rosemary, who was learning disabled, until her untimely death in 2011. He then proceeded to put his time and energy as a volunteer at Home-Start Fylde, which is based at St Thomas’ church in St Annes.
Trevor passed away peacefully on 26th June 2013 in Clifton Hospital, St Annes, surrounded by his close family.
1957-1959 Royal Air Force National Service Commission - Pilot
1993-1998 Director General European Wind
Tunnel, Cologne, Germany
See above and since 1969 worked with military aircraft teams at MBB (DASA), Aeritalia (Alenia), CASA, Dassault, McDonnell Douglas and with BAe customers in Europe, USA, South Korea and Japan.