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Major (Rtd) Tony Crease

Saturday, January 9th 2021


Major (Rtd) Tony Crease


It is with great sadness that the Management Group must share the news of the recent passing of Major (Rtd) Tony Crease.

In 1992, Major Crease had the vision to turn undeveloped land near the training area in Catterick Garrison, into a place where nature would thrive.  Under his leadership, the hard work and dedication of soldiers of the Royal Scot’s Dragoon Guards, recently returned from the First Gulf War, formed the basis of what we have today.

He has always been an inspiration to many people, both inside and outside of his Army career.

He was a strong character, yet never seeking the limelight.  Tony always looked for ways to expand and develop Foxglove Covert; always looking forward.  His ornithological knowledge was extensive and, as a result of his dedication to training new bird-ringers, is an integral part of the Reserve today.

He never ceased to admire and appreciate our volunteers, and despite not being in good health, worked tirelessly to obtain for them the highest recognition he possibly could.  Hence, FGC LNR is a contender for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  The results will be announced later this year. 

He has left a huge hole in many people’s lives.

Our deepest condolences go to the family he leaves behind.

(2) Comments:

Tim Randall responded on 9th Jan 2021 with...

That is such sad news and a tremendous loss to the Reserve and his close family. I never met Tony but did share photos and emails with him. I was always impressed by his enthusiasm, energy and dedication to Foxglove Covert and the wider natural world. He will be greatly missed.

Gary SmithOwen responded on 9th Jan 2021 with...

I am very sad to hear of Tony’s passing. I met him once at the covert and chatted. I found him to be an honest genuine man who cared deeply for the wildlife and countryside. My condolences to Sophie a very sad loss.

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