It is with great sadness that I have to inform you off the passing of Arthur Bower ARPS
Arthur joined Heswall Photographic Society in 1964, together with Marjorie his wife of many years. This was just after the Society was formed in 1963 and Arthur had been an ardent supporter ever since – “like the bedrock of the Society” as a fellow member said recently. He was a regular attender at meetings and noted for his enthusiasm for the prize draws which he very generously supported. He was twice President of the Society, the first time in 1968 – 1969, and then for a further two seasons in 2004 – 2005, and 2005 – 2006. For many years Arthur had been the auditor of the Society’s accounts and very kindly had agreed to continue in that role for a further season.
Such was Arthur’s expertise as a photographer that he readily aquired Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society. He had a passion for monochrome film photography and darkroom work, though in later years he became skilful in digital photography too. He produced outstanding prints, mainly of architectural record images or of mountain peaks, with a distinctive style that fellow members came to recognise and applaud. His images would always stand him in good stead in the Society’s competitions leading to many awards including as recently as last season with one of his innovative digital images.
It wasn’t just his own photography that interested Arthur though; he was unfailingly encouraging to less experienced and less skilled members. His support for other photographers reflected his general character and Arthur has often been described as “a true gentleman” and was known to be a man of deep religious faith.
Arthur was a qualified accountant by profession and held senior posts in the Liverpool City Treasurer’s Department over many years. When not working he enjoyed rugby and travel – the source of many of his architectural and mountain images – including sea cruising, accompanied by Marjorie, his wife of many years. Together they also enjoyed ballroom dancing, a hobby they pursued every week.
Arthur was a “wonderful person”, of the “old school” and it was always a pleasure to meet and speak with him. He will be very sadly missed by all the members of Heswall Photographic Society.
Arthur Bower 12th August1932 – 25th August 2021