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John Frederick Avila (1879-1950)
1951 Obituary 
"JOHN FREDERICK AVILA was associated with the electrical side of mechanical engineering throughout his professional career. He received his education at the Brighton Technical College and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Simplex Conduits, Ltd., Birmingham, from 1898 to 1900, after which he spent the next two years as sea-going electrician to the Peninsula and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, Ltd. He then returned to Messrs. Simplex Conduits and during an association of more than twenty years at the London office and works, successively occupied the positions of assistant to the director, manager of the publicity department, works manager, and finally manager of the most important branch in London. He left the firm in 1924 and for the next five years held various temporary appointments, among them being sales superintendent to Messrs. Callender's Cables Company, Ltd., and a similar short engagement with the Union Cable Company, Ltd. After acting as commercial administrator to the Liverpool Electric Cable Company, Ltd., he took up, in 1936, his final appointment as technical sales representative to the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company, Ltd., London.
Mr. Avila, whose death occurred on 1st July 1950, two days before completing his seventy-first year, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1912. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."