Jeff Mason 1944 - 2017

 

It is with much sadness that Jeff left us to go and explore new walks in Heaven in mid-January 2017.


I had known Jeff for a long time, having lived in the same village and attended the same church as him, but had only become good friends with both him and Audrey over the creation of his web site.


Since 1989 he had lived his life from his wheelchair after being injured while cycling, an accident that meant he became a quadriplegic, with only slight movement in one hand.


Many people in such circumstances might find it so overwhelming to lose their independence that they give up. Not Jeff. His involvement with the local football and cricket teams and the Scouting movement was not to end with a change in his abilities. 


Determination, ingenuity and the right accessories meant that Jeff would happily take himself to the football/cricket ground some 2 miles away or up to church every weekend and to each week's Scout meeting.

Nothing was going to shackle Jeff to the house. 


His love of walking was also translated into finding walks that were wheelchair friendly and with sister Audrey as his chauffeuse, and many a good friend, they would set off to sample the fresh air and take in the views.


As a natural development, Jeff wanted to share his experiences and offer some help to fellow wheelchair users by passing on his knowledge of walks that could enhance the lives of other disabled people. The idea was born to build a web site as this was thought to be the easiest way to reach people and also offer an expanding amount of knowledge.


As we built the site, there were many times when I cursed him for the sheer volume of data that he sent me, but slowly jeffswheelchairwalks.net came to fruition (now jeffswheelchairwalks.org.uk) . From adding just the walk details (all of these written purely by Jeff using the knuckle of one finger to type with) we added photo galleries and Jeff's latest desire was to add videos of each walk, something that is still a work-in-progress.


You will be sorely missed Jeff, even though we can still see you organising St Peter into a ten mile hike around the clouds, and know that this web site is just part of your legacy.