Chris Lloyd, 1937 - 2019

Chris Lloyd 2018

Chris Lloyd a warm, friendly and engaging member of the Thames valley group sadly passed away on the 26th November 2019.

Chris was an active member of the group for over 20 years, joining the LDWA in 1998 (19316). He willingly gave time and energy to supporting group activities and supporting new members who turned up in a car park not quite sure what to expect!

Soup maker, car park director, route checker, number taker, sweeper, all hats worn by Chris whilst supporting the Oxon 20/40 challenge event, group AGM or Christmas party. Chris took his turn to be the group's coordinator of the walks program, leading a variety of walks himself, some challenging, some more informative and interesting.

Chris enjoyed a challenge walk now and again, completing the Herts Stroller (54 miles) in August 2018 at the age of 81. Each year he would complete an LDP with company or as a solo traveller, the latest being a solo completion of the Dales Way in June 2019.

Chris was a great companion, a good listener always interested in the person he was with and what they had to say. A good storyteller with the odd joke thrown in. He had many interests, bridge club, volunteer lock keeper, life long Everton FC supporter, traveller, and a blue badge tour guide in the City of Dreaming Spires.  “Discover Oxford”  was written by Chris and is a description of eight circular walks in the city, available through Amazon. Denman College near Oxford employed Chris to run numerous themed courses on the city of Oxford, he did this for over 10 years.

Chris was born in Liverpool and met Kath his wife through their love of cycling, both belonging to the local club and taking part in competitive races. Chris and Kath moved to London through work and then later moved to Oxfordshire. Their two children Anne and Tony with respective families continue to live in the capital. Chris and Kath were planning their 60th wedding anniversary in 2020. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to the family.  

However, Chris will continue in the thoughts of our group for years to come.

Gerry Garland