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Julian Bond Funeral Details

Thursday 26th May 2016

Julian Bond’s funeral will take place at St Lawrence’s Church, Bigbury, Devon at 2pm on  Thursday 2nd June 2016. It will be a service to celebrate Julian’s life.

Donations, if desired, to the Jamie Procter Foundation: http://www.jamieproctersfoundation.org/

Popular industry figure, fundraiser and talented sportsman Julian Bond has passed away. Julian, who was in his 60s, started his career in the industry working for Ind Coope in Romford as a Pub Area Manager before becoming involved in amusement  machines working for Grand Metropolitan in the 1980s. From there, he was  seconded to go out to New Zealand where he was instrumental in establishing the machine operating industry, which previously did not exist in the country. He spent a number of years in New Zealand before returning to the UK, at which point he went into business with Paul Stead to run Paramount Machines based in West London.

Julian and Paul were founder members of the Independent Operators Association in 1991 however, they eventually sold their operating business to Crown. After that, Julian and Paul set up a machine consultancy service, which they ran very successfully until Julian retired and moved to Bigbury-on-Sea in Devon with his family.

In 2010, Angie’s son and Jamie’s stepson Jamie Procter died after a devastating illness and the couple set up the Jamie Procter Foundation in his memory to provide inspirational experiences for deserving young people. Underprivileged  children from schools in Hackney were treated to life-changing holidays in Brixham to experience a variety of indoor and outdoor activities along with the consequent personal and social development that this brought.

Many within the industry supported the  foundation, which ran a number of events, dinners and golf days to raise funds.

“Anyone who knew Julian would say that he was a great guy and a great sportsman as well. He was particularly fond of cricket and rugby” says John Powell of SE Leisure.

“Julian joined the Trade Rugby Club, The Old Vulgarians RFC from London Irish for midweek games on his return from NZ and then  toured with us to Canada in 1989,” commented David Gershlick, who had the pleasure of working with Julian at Wilts Automatics, “He supported many Bacta Golf days and was always the centre of conversation at both trade gatherings and private functions; Julian will be sadly missed and our condolences are with Angie and all his family at this sad time.”

Caption: Julian, Angie and the whole family, including Jamie, front right, in 2009

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