Tributes pour in for talented Ted

November 24 2016

TRIBUTES have been paid to talented photographer, artist and community stalwart Ted Forster who has died at the age of 88.


TRIBUTES have been paid to talented photographer, artist and community stalwart Ted Forster who has died at the age of 88.

Ted was a valued and well-loved member of Lincombe Barn Camera Club as well as a member of Frome Valley Artists, also based at the Barn.

Ted was born on April 23, 1928 and married Mary on February 17, 1953, just under four months before the Queen's coronation. The couple's only child, Paul, was born in November of that year. 

Ted practised as a solicitor from 1952 until his retirement in 1993, although he remained on the solicitors' roll and was proud of his certificate from the Law Society commemorating 50 years on the roll.

He founded the firm of Edward C Foster in Kingswood in 1976 which later became known as Foster & Partners and opened branches in West Bristol and Corn Street. The firm merged with Simpson Millar in 2014 and is now part of a national consumer law firm.

Mary died in 2007 after a long period of poor health during which Ted was her sole carer.

Ted has three grandchildren - Tom, who is a film maker at Sheffield University, Jenny who is a languages graduate and trainee teacher and Martha, who is still at school.

Ted is survived by two of his four brothers, one having died in childhood.

As part of his work with Lincombe Barn Camera Club, Ted was joint competition secretary and wrote articles on the club's activities for Lincombe Barn News. He also took part in the Barn's craft and Christmas fairs. He was involved not only with in-house competitions, but also inter-club contests and other external competitions and exhibitions.

Ted never missed the numerous outings organised by the club each month. One of the highlights was his attendance at the club’s weekend trip to Rhayader, in mid-Wales, where his 88th birthday was also celebrated.

Ted entered his images into the Western Counties Photographic Federation competitions and into national Salons. He gained his LRPS – Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society, its first distinction.

Club member Anita Fullerton said: "Ted's prowess in his photography was only matched by his willingness to share all his knowledge with club members, which he did on a regular basis at the club's informal workshop evenings.

"Ted’s inputs into our club are too numerous to mention and he will leave us with an enormous void, which will prove difficult to fill."

 The images on the opposite page were taken by Ted Forster and have been submitted to Downend Voice by Lincombe Barn Camera Club in tribute.