Remembering Brian Usill – a Kind & Gentle Man

Sadly we have heard that Brian Usill has died.  He had been suffering for some three years with prostate cancer and finally succumbed.


Photograph of Brian at the 2008 AGM at Gairloch


Brian has been a member of the Society since 1998.  He was very proud of his Mackenzie background and had done much research into his history.  It was due to Brian’s forethought that at least two books that the Society promoted, namely “The Diary of William Mackenzie” and “William Mackenzie Railway Builder”, were put together by the Association of Civil Engineers.  William Mackenzie was a railway builder in Liverpool and thereby hangs quite an interesting story.

Brian acted as Membership Secretary for many years, he did a very thorough job, he became the first port of call for the members in particular potential new members.  He was extremely helpful, polite and friendly; no query was too much trouble.  Brian attended as many of our activities as he could; he lived in Darlington so of course he had to attend meetings as and when convenient.

During the last few years his wife, Rosemary, became ill with dementia but Brian still carried on with his usual determination to put the Society members first.  Rosemary sadly died in late 2013; she had been aware she had a problem and together they faced it as long as they could, a lesson to us all.

With fond memories

Susan Weinmann


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