He always signed himself as Kenneth B. Sissons but was known to everybody as Brian.

He died on 20th November after a short illness, in hospital, at the age of 82. His wife Millie had died two years ago and they left two sons and two grand-daughters.

Born into the farming village of Sherburn-in-Elmet he learned to ring as a teenager and became a member of the Yorkshire Association in 1946.

After graduating in maths at Goldsmiths College he taught in London for a while before returning to his roots. Brian rang about 180 peals – not many by today’s standards but in his heyday in the 60s, 20-30 peals a year was good going. Many were handbell peals with Alan Shepherd, John Potts and others and many conducted himself. 1965 saw a move to Batley as Head of Maths at the Boys’ High School. Teaching and numbers were Brian’s forte and he would delight in showing a ringer the easiest way to remember a method. Promotion to Deputy Head meant that working out the lessons timetable for a 1200 plus school, before computers, also demonstrated these strong points. In his youth he had played cricket and football, been a PTI in the RAF, and in later years loved horse race meetings and bred and raced greyhounds.

Brian had stopped ringing in the last two years but would come to meetings and just sit and listen, and latterly would sit in his car outside the tower on practice nights. He’s probably listening to us now!


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