It is with the deepest sadness that Leicester Model Aero Club member Brian Sansom has died after suffering from cancer for several months.
His father, John, said he passed away at his home in Kibworth two days ago on Wednesday 28th August.
Brian leaves two sons Christopher (18) and Matthew (15).
The funeral is on Friday 6th September, 12.45pm at Gilroes Crematorium off Groby Road, Leicester.
Brian requested no flowers, but donations can be made to Cancer Research UK by going through the funeral directors who are Adkinsons of London Road Oadby.
He has requested that his ashes be scattered at the Leicester Model Aero Club flying site at Gumley on Tuesday 10th September around 7pm.
Brian was one of our heli flyers. He first contacted the club for advice in 2009 after trying fairly unsuccessfully to fly his T-Rex 450. He joined us shortly afterwards and spent his apprenticeship confined to the training circle for some time before progressing to circuits on the main flying area.
Trained by Adrian Richmond he passed his BMFA helicopter A Certificate on September 1st last year and started working on more advanced flying with a view to taking the B Certificate. He always progressed with his flying, but since discovering his illness he seemed to make an extra special effort and advanced to a very high level able to perform loops and stall turns using his large electric helicopters which he carried to the flying field in his distinctive white Porsche sports car.
Brian has donated all of his helicopter flying gear to the club with the request that it is used to train pilots who perhaps would not be able to afford the equipment themselves. Besides the helicopters there are two transmitters configured for buddy linking and possibly a Phoenix flight simulator too.
On behalf of the Leicester Model Aero Club, our deepest sympathies go out to Brian's family. Brian was an inspiration to us in his final months and he will be sadly missed.