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In loving memory of Austin William Hines who sadly passed away on 25th June 2018 Aged 81 Years. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
Austin was born in India in 1936 to parents Creena and William Hines. He was one of 10 children. Austin's siblings were Yolande, Wendy, Paddy, Gerry, Anthony, Terry, Derryck, Gill and Chris. He attended St. Joseph's College at Darjeeling in the Himalayas.
At the age of 11, Austin's family left India in 1947 on the ship the Empire Ken arriving at Southampton in February 1948 when Austin was aged 12 as he had had his 12th birthday on board the ship.
He then attended the Gordon Boy's School at Woking and subsequently joined the Army in 1952. Austin joined the Army Apprentices College at Chepstow where he completed his training. He served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Austin served on Christmas Island in 1957 when the atomic bomb nuclear tests were carried out. He was also posted to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and the island of Labuan. He worked alongside the Gurkhas and part of his job was to service helicopters.
Upon leaving the Armed Forces after serving for over 19 years, having attained the rank of Sergeant, he worked as a Postal Officer with the Post Office. He was based at the 24 hour a day Post Office at Trafalgar Square where he met his wife Julia.
As a younger man Austin married and became a father to 3 sons and a daughter. The marriage didn't work out and he went on to meet the love of his life Julia. Austin often said that his life truly started when the couple met.
Austin and Julia have been together for 47 years, being married in February 1974. They have a daughter Melanie. Austin was also a grandfather and great-grandfather.
As for hobbies, Austin loved to travel and visited Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong with Julia many times. He enjoyed horse racing and visited both Sha Tin and Happy Valley racecourses in Hong Kong and Changi racecourse in Singapore.
Austin and Julia also visited Canada and travelled by train from Vanvcouver to Toronto taking in the spectacular scenery of the Rockies. Ottawa was another favourite destination.
Since 1997, Austin and Julia visited the island of Madeira each year until their final visit in April 2018. He always enjoyed the many gardens and unusual flowers to be seen on the island. He met many Madeiran friends there over the years and had some wonderful memories of his visits there.
Austin began to play lawn bowls for the Post Office team which he thoroughly enjoyed. In 1987, he joined the Mote Park Indoor Bowls Club in Maidstone where he ran a Men's Triples team called the Newfoundlands. He liked nothing more than to meet up with friends at the bowls club and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
He also loved music and was particularly fond of jazz and country and western music. Reading was another hobby and he had an extensive collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy books.