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'They all thought the world' of Bury St Edmunds Vitec chief designer Ted Galione

An influential and award-winning designer for a specialist engineering company in Bury St Edmunds has died aged 94.

Ted Galione was the chief designer for broadcast equipment at Vinten, which produces camera support systems and accessories.

With the company’s then director Bill Vinten, he created the Fulmar pedestal – the first fully pneumatic pedestal for TV cameras – for which they won a Guild of Television Cameramen Award.

Ted Galione.
Ted Galione.

Ted also received an MBE in 1980 for his contribution to exports.

“He was influential in his field,” said Andy Murrow, who joined Vinten in 1979, worked for Ted as an 18-year-old and is now principal mechanical design engineer.

“The Fulmar was the gold standard for TV studios around the world in the 70s and 80s.

“He was a real mentor and he was prepared to impart his wisdom to try to further your career. He was very supportive. He had come from the shop floor so he was able to engage with everybody within the company.”

Part of the generation who started work aged 14, Ted joined Vinten in London.

He was a plane spotter during the World War Two air raids and, in the Army, served in the North African and Italian campaigns as well as in Palestine.

On returning to Vinten, he became a draughtsman, moved with the company to Bury in 1964 and retired aged 65.

His work helped Vinten, which continues as a brand within the Vitec Group, in Easlea Road, win the Queen’s Award for Industry.

Ted was a member of the Freemasons, Probus Club plus Bury golf and bowls clubs.

His brother Michael, 84, said: “He was probably the most liked person in Bury because everybody I’ve come across all think the world of him.”

He leaves his wife Connie and his funeral is at West Suffolk Crematorium on Wednesday at 1pm.

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