From Sutton to the Far East
|13 Jun 2019|
Michael Talamo 1925-2018 (BVGS 1940-42)
The Hong Kong Rugby Union is sad to announce the passing of Mike Talamo aged 93 in the early hours of Sunday morning the 8th of July 2018, in no pain and at home with his family.
Mike moved to Hong Kong in March 1951 having been posted by British Oxygen Company as Plant Engineer to the then recently established China Oxygen & Acetylene Company. Towards the end of his three year tour in the Far East he was posted to Singapore. He was a friend of John Slater.
Wishing to return to Hong Kong he sailed back from the UK to Hong Kong in October 1954 with his new wife Laine, whom he had met in Hong Kong, to join the electrical and mechanical engineering company Inniss & Riddle (I & R) as a Sales Engineer. One of his first assignments was the supply and installation of the floodlights at So Kon Po government football stadium.
He was appointed Managing Director of I & R in 1967 serving in this post for the next ten years. Following acquisition he joined Deacon and Co Ltd to develop their import business where he worked until his retirement in 1986. The family returned to the UK thereafter.
Mike was a founder member of the Hebe Haven Yacht Club where he served as a committee member for 25 years. He was Hon. Treasurer , Secretary and Chairman of the Hong Kong Engineering Society and served with distinction in the Hong Kong SArts Club and Motor Sports Club.
Mike was one of 65 founder mebers of the Rugby Union Club in Hong Kong who in 1983 each donated HK$2,000 to fit out and decorate the new HKRFU offices and Club bar at their new premises in North Point.
Mike is survived by his wife Laine and son Nigel.
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