Walter Brown, generally and affectionately known by his colleagues as "Wally" died after some years of ill health on the 21st March 1975, four years after premature retirement brought about by his illness.
Wally joined the Staff from school in 1926 and served the Bank loyally for 45 years. Throughout his career he was vitally interested in all matters affecting Staff and could be counted on to offer his forthright and constructive comments at any Staff meeting.
The frequent comments of "courteous" or "a perfect gentleman" which appeared in Wally's reports over the years, sum up his character perfectly and could not be more apt.
As a Manager he was considerate to and respected by his Staff wherever he went.
Management and Staff representatives paid their last tributes at his funeral and the deepest sympathy was extended to his wife and family.
Newspaper article of March 1971:
Mr Walter Brown of Shenley Fields Road, Selly Oak, retired on Wednesday after 45 years' service with the Birmingham Municipal Bank, latterly as the Manager at the Bristol Road South, Longbridge branch.
As an old boy of Sexey's School, Bruton, Somerset, Mr Brown, now 63, began as a junior at Birmingham's old Municipal Bank head office in Edmund Street. He moved around several branches, including eight years at Weoley Castle before transferring to Longbridge. His first managerial appointment was in 1946 to Halesowen .
During the war, he was an air raid warden.
An associate of the Institute of Bankers and the Savings Banks Institute,
Mr Brown is a fanatical football enthusiast - a vice-president of the
North Suburban and South Staffs Football Combination, he worked his
way up to a class one referee with the Birmingham County Football Association.
He controlled matches until the age of 55.
Mr Brown was forced into early retirement through ill-health.
Banking colleagues from within the group joined Mr and Mrs Brown at a
retirement presentation social at the Longbridge branch.
Mr Brown received gifts and tributes for his work there.
Wally Brown's consideration and courtesy is illustrated by the letter, reproduced below, that he sent to a member of staff (David Archer) when the latter left the Bank