THE wife of the founder of Rosliston Astronomy Group, who died suddenly last week, has paid tribute to the ‘lovely man’ she was married to for almost 60 years.
Peter Bolas collapsed in the garden of his home in Winshill last Thursday. He had suffered a heart attack at the age of 83.
Mrs Bolas said: “He loved being in the garden and doing the gardening. He died in the garden after he had been gardening, and that was a comfort.”
Mr Bolas, who was a welding engineer in Dudley before he retired, loved the natural world, she said. He was deeply interested in science, and set up a number of initiatives at Rosliston Forestry Centre, where he ran the monthly astronomy group.
He helped to establish activities around National Science Week, to encourage young people to learn more about science and the world around them, and was also instrumental in plans for a science festival which would go into schools. He was also trying to get a camera obscura installed. Kate Allies, from the centre, said the continuation of these plans would be Mr Bolas’ legacy.
Mrs Bolas said: “He always had something going on in his head. He was a lovely man, and he used to be very helpful. He was just that sort of chap.”
His funeral will take place at Winshill Methodist Church on Friday, October 11, at noon.