This month, we were saddened to learn of the passing of one of Vision Africa’s great supporters in the UK. Joe Timperon was a close friend of Vision Africa’s founders, Rev. and Mrs. Packard, and showed amazing commitment to supporting the organisation. In fact, Joe even chose to celebrate his 80th birthday raising funds for Vision Africa by doing a sponsored cycle.
Rev. Packard has prepared the following tribute.
27th October 2012
Joe was the son of a farmer and lived in Kirkbampton, Carlisle all his life. Vera and I first encountered Joe in 1953, three years before his marriage to Edith. At that time Vera and I were also resident in Kirkbampton. When Joe was married his father gave him a farm and for two years I worked with Joe on the farm. Joe was a farmer all his life.
Joe was converted to Christianity in 1952 at a small mission called Leegate, in Cumberland and he lived a faithful life until his death on 13th October 2012.
Joe and his family were ardent supporters of Vision Africa and organised all kinds of projects to raise funds, including a cycle tournament around Cumbria. He also had a skill at encouraging others to donate to V.A. and our treasurer received considerable sums from time to time.
During our period in Kenya Joe visited us in Nairobi. Kibera slum moved him and intensified his determination to support the work of V.A. He assisted me in manual work during his two week stay and preferred to commit himself to such work rather than take safari.
Joe’s funeral reflected his way of life as the village church was crowded to over capacity and many remained outside. Attendance was estimated at between 300 to 400. Joe leaves his wife Edith and two married daughters. Several hundred pounds were donated by the congregation to V.A. at the occasion of the funeral.
It would be difficult to outshine Joe in his committed life and most peaceful passing.
John R. Packard
Our condolences go to Joe’s family for their loss. The £480 raised in his memory will make a great difference to the lives of children supported through our projects in Kenya.