Popular Rednal writer who penned Brum books dies at 71

By Tristan Harris Tuesday 14 May 2013 Updated: 16/05 17:08

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Buy photos » Graham Twist passed away on May 11, aged 71.

A REDNAL author who penned books about growing up in Birmingham in the 1940s and 50s has died at the age of 71.

Graham Twist passed away peacefully on Saturday (May 11) at St Mary's Hospice, surrounded by his family.

He was featured in The Standard when his books, A Birmingham Backstreet Boyhood and Brummie Kid - more tales from Birmingham backstreets, were released by The History Press.

Graham grew up in the second city suburb slums of Nechells and Aston, before a working life where he specialised in medical gas installations and travelled the world sharing his expertise.

He moved to Rednal in 1986 and he is also known for setting up the Reaside Tennants Association, the first community group on the Frankley estate. Graham became the group's first Chairman in 1978.

As well as his community work, he was also an enthusiastic bowls player for the Rubery-based RSJC club and played until his illness made him too frail.

He was a popular member of the club who was well-liked by his team mates and they held a minute's silence in his memory when they learnt of his passing.

Graham had battled bowel cancer for five-and-a-half years and, before his death, had said how grateful he was to the doctors and nurses at University Hospital Birmingham, where he had had all of his surgery and chemotherapy.

Graham was married to Sheila and the pair celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary last month.

He is survived by his widow Sheila, his four children, Graham, Juliet, Kezia and Grant, his six grandchildren and a great grandchild.

The family has requested donations are made in Graham's name to St Mary's Hospice, Raddlebarn Road, Selly Oak.

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