Peter Anthony Lacey 1956 - 2015
It is with much regret that we announce the death of Pete who passed away after a long illness bravely borne. Pete was admitted into Poole Hospital on 11th November 2014 suffering from a rare condition, Guillain Barre Syndrome. The recovery time from this debilitating disease was known to be at least twelve months and although he was making excellent progress, he suffered a relapse on Monday 2nd March and lost the battle in the early hours of Tuesday Morning.
Di and Pete at Church Stretton, and right in his WW2 vintage, Daimler Dingo scout car.
Pete was born the son of a saddler in Dorchester the county town of Dorset his Fathers’ business ran under the name of J Miles & Son. It is no wonder that one of the great interests in his life would be the collection of horse brasses and he had built up in particular a large collection of brasses related to Dorset together with a vast knowledge on the subject. His expertise had on occasions been called upon by auctioneers Thimberly & Shorland famous for the Reading sales and Dorchester Museum as well as giving advice on many private collections; Pete was also a regular contributor to the columns of the NHBS journal with many interesting items.
He had been a member of the NHBS for over twenty years and had served on the committee for at least ten years and recently acting Society Chairman an office which would have been confirmed at the 2015 AGM on Saturday 7th March. His enthusiasm and generosity always shone through at our gatherings and often fixed fellow collectors up with just the brass they were looking for. My first connection with Pete was helping with the NHBS exhibit at the Great Dorset Steam Fair where he greeted Society members from various parts of the world sharing his vast knowledge on the subject of harness decoration its origins and usages and I might add as a relative newcomer to the hobby he taught me a great deal. Pete would often scoot off around areas of this vast show and come back with bits of antique harness which now amounts to a complete set regularly displayed as a part of our exhibit at the GDSF. I leave the state of the beer glasses in the picture to speak for itself!!
Pete’s interests extended beyond horse brasses and he was a keen supporter of the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester and attended various events with them in full second world war uniform of the Dorsets' including authentic rifle. He had a substantial collection of military medals some with the history and picture of the original recipient as well as other military memorabilia but his pride and joy was his Dingo armoured scout car, can you imagine the look on peoples face when on occasions Pete and Di arrived at Tesco’s car park to do the weekly shop!!
Pete spent his working life in the medical profession, at the time his illness struck he was Nurse Practitioner at Swanage Hospital and through this background was able to pursue yet another of his interests. He was a keen supporter of Poole Pirates Speedway and was a valued member of the medical team at their fixtures. See also the tribute on the website of Poole Speedway.
Pete was a super guy with a broad smile and gentle nature and was taken from us all too soon. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Di and all of the family at this time of great sadness.
Below, Pete conversing with Jan Thompson of Kings Lynn who died suddenly on 15th September last year. As many of us know, Jan was not only a dear friend by was a valued asset as my researcher for the journal, and was a popular figure at our AGM in early March.
I will miss my conversations with both; especially Pete who I often spent two hours at a time on the phone with, not to mention my highly valued, second opinion on all things medical!!
I shall miss them both terribly.