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This was created for a book of remembrance for the RAF & Defence Fire Service Association

and is a combination of my own poetry a couple of lines from a poem by Mick Goupillot called

‘A Fire-fighter.’ Also a prayer from Satish Kumar, who was a Jain monk.

Steve Harrison January 2008

 
 
 

2 November 2016

From:

Allan Brooke

Mick Rose

I am sorry to inform you of the death of Mick Rose who died on Saturday 29 October 2016. Mick was one of the Cpls on our watch in Gan 1973/74. Mick lived in Newark and I would see him and chat about the old days. For the past few years his health had not been good and he passed away peacefully on Saturday.

Funeral details:

Date:      Thursday 17 November 2016

Time:     1100 am

Where:   Grantham Crem

 

 

Allan Brooke
Mem No 250

 

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30 October 2016

From:

Bob Chaffe

Hilary Chaffe

It is with deep sorrow to inform the association that my wife of 57 years passed away on the 24 October 2016.

RIP Hilary.

Bob Chaffe
Member 673

 

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26 September 2016

From:

Mike Harris

Ralph Gibbons

Just heard the sad news that WO Rtd Ralph "Paddy" Gibbons passed away yesterday evening.

 

RIP Ralph

 

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24 September 2016

From:

Ron Brown

Charles "Jack" Morrell (Mem No: 825)

Just heard the sad news that WO Rtd Jack Morrell MBE & BEM passed away yesterday morning, funeral details to follow.

Jack was something of a legend of the RAF Fire Service; he enlisted in 1941 and after training at Sutton on Hull was stationed at:

HQ 13 Group Newcastle
Scapa Flow
Malta
Gulf States
North Coates
Cardington
Halton
Buckeburg (Germany)
Lichfield
Wunsdorf (Germany)
Finningley
Catterick
Gibraltar
Locking
Trade Standards (Based at Catterick but detached to Cyprus, Gulf States, Gan & Singapore)
Guttersloh (Germany)

 

Funeral details:

Jack's funeral will be at the Wessex Vale Crematorium, Hedge End, near Southampton, at 15:15hrs on Wed. 5th. Oct, all who wish to attend welcome.

 

 

RIP Jack

 

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24 September 2016

From:

Simon Lee

Bob Lowe (Mem No: 545)

Sorry to have to report that WO Retd Bob Lowe BEM  has passed away on the 21st Sep 2016 after an illness.

His funeral will be at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Wed 28 Sep 2016 at 11:45.

 

RIP Bob

 

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13 September 2016

From:

Tom McCrorie

FS Dave Air

Sadly I have to say that on Sunday the the 10th September my best pal David Air passed away after a long illness.  Davey was 77 years old.  He was a well liked and highly respected member of our trade having between 1960 and 1985 had a long and distinguished service. Davey was stationed at:

Catterick
Middleton St George
Edinburgh Field (Australia)
Kinloss
Gan
Catterick 
(Instructor)
Cyprus
Kinloss
Catterick
(Instructor)
Kinloss
Catterick 
(Trade training)

David's Funeral will take place at:

St Laurence Church
High Street
Forres
Morayshire

On the 20th September at 1 pm 2016

RIP Davey

Tam

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12 August 2016

From:

Neil Slade

Steven Doran (Mem No: 41)

Sadly, Membership Number 41, Steven Doran passed away this month.  Steven enlisted in 1946 and after training at Sutton-on-Hull was stationed at RAF Silverstone, Linton-on-Ouse and various Units in  Austria and Germany during which time he was involved in the Berlin Air Lift.

His funeral is to be on Friday 2nd of September at 1330 at:

Earlham Crematorium,
193 Earlham Road,
Norwich.
NR2 3RG.

 

Neil Slade

 

RIP Stephen


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21 July 2016

From:

Brian Ford

Bernard Walters

Sadly I have to report the death of my good friend Bernard “Wally” Walters.

Wally Served at RAF Wyton from 1949 until 1955. He was involved in the Berlin air lift and was immensely proud of his time served as a Cpl “Aerodrome Fireman Driver”.

God Bless you Wally and thanks for the Fun

RIP MATE

Brian Ford  

 

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11 July 2016

From:

Nicola Bevin (Nee Smith)

Sgt Brian Smith

Sadly Brian (Dad) passed away on the 4th July suddenly following a long illness.  Brian loved being an RAF Fire-fighter, he was a real people person and was happy to be a guiding hand to junior ranks.  He was a true professional but also had a great sense of fun, he would always share Christmas day with any singlies  on his crew who couldn't get home for the holidays.

Brian served in the RAF for 22 years at the following postings (apart from the ones I can't remember).

Manby
Scampton
Machrihanish
Cranwell
Coningsby
Gutersloh
North Luffenham
Bishops Court
Northolt
Falkland Islands
Benson

Brian's funeral is at 2pm on the 14th July at:-

St Cuthberts Church,
Slitrig Cres,
Hawick,
Scottish Borders
TD9 0EN

Then at Melrose crematorium, with a final farewell at the Conservative Club in Hawick.

With much sadness

Nicola & Samantha (daughters)

 

 

RIP Brian

 

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25 May 2016

From:

Gordon Ayles

Paul Stuart

It is with great regret that I announce the passing of Paul Stuart on Wednesday 18 May after a short illness. Paul started his fire service career at Biggin Hill in 1975. He served at AFCENT early eighties as well as Odiham and Wyton . Latterly he lived in Raunds near Kettering.

Pauls Funeral will be held at 11.15 on 31st May at  at Kettering Crem, Post Code NN16 8XE date

 

RIP Paul

 

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8 March 2016

From:

Paul Ferguson

Frank Cassidy (Mem No: 743)

I have the sad news that former Royal Air Force Warrant Officer Frank Cassidy RAF Ret'd passed away this morning 8th March 16.

Frank had been battling with a long term illness and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Our condolences go out to his family at this time. 

Funeral arrangments:

Frank's funeral will take place on Tuesday 22 March.  A mass will be held at 2PM at:

St Mary and St Augustine Catholic Church,
Broad Street,
Stamford
PE9 1PQ

then on to:

Peterborough Crematorium
Mowbray Road
North Bretton
Peterborough
PE6 7JE

for 3:30

Afterwards all are welcome to attend a wake at:

Wittering Sports and Social Club
Townsend Road
Wittering

RIP Frank

 

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29 February 2016

From:

Howard Marson

Colin Raeside

It is with great regret that the passing of Colin Raeside is announced.

Colin served with both RAF Fire Service and DFS

His funeral will be held at Aldershot Crematorium on Wednesday 2 March at 1:30

 

RIP Colin

 

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26 February 2016

From:

Gordon Smith

Bob Wilding

Sad to inform you of the passing of former Sgt Fireman Bob Wilding. Bob died on the 17th Feb. Bob joined the RAF Fire Service in 1967 and served untill 1993. Bob served both at home and abroad, units included RAF Scampton, his first and last posting, Sharjah, Germany, Coningsby, Cyprus and Belize to name but a few. Bob is survived by his wife Kim, children Michael and Sam, and Grand daughter Charlotte.

Funeral details:

Date:      8 March 2016

Time:     13.00 Hrs

Where:   Lincoln Crem


Personal tribute from Gordon:

Bob was my first crew Cpl when I arrived at Coningsby as a LAC in 79 and I rode with him on Crash 1 to my first crash, see Incident Report.  A firm but very fair Cpl, he taught me a lot, as you had to learn quick on a fast jet unit, he liked a joke as we all did. Sad news at his passing, RIP my old mate, Bob had been there, seen it , done it and had the t-shirts to prove it.

 

Gordon Smith

RIP Bob

 

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19 February 2016

From:

Ron Gaunt

Joe Shackleton (Mem No: 22)

I’ve just been informed that Joe Shackleton, member No 22 passed away on 17 February 2016.

Joe was a founder member and one time Vice Chairman of the Association. 

Joe did national service and was stationed at Leeming and Laarbruch as a member of the RAF Fire Service before being demobbed on return to UK after four years service.

His funeral will take place on the 2nd of March at 1200hrs. Kirkleatham Crematorium, Fishpond Road, Yearby, North Yorkshire. TS11 8HH

RIP Joe

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25 January 2016

From:

Dave Kenyon

Frank Smith (Mem No: 593)

I’ve just been informed that Frank Smith, member No 610 passed away on 12 January 2016.

Frank joined the RAF in 1956 and served at the following Units:

Sutton-on-Hull
RAF Honiley
RAF Watnall

Further details will be published when known

RIP Frank

 

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4 December 2015

From:

Ron Brown

John Carter (Mem No: 610)

I’ve just been informed that ex Flt Sgt John Carter member No 610 passed away in Christmas Day.

John served at the following Units:

National Service/Wlmslow/Sutton-on-Hull 1956
Negombo (Ceylon) 1956-58
 

Johns Funeral will take place at Kingsdown Crematorium, Swindon, on Tuesday 19 January at 12:45.  Dress for those attending - Association blazer and tie if possible, no medals or standard.

 

RIP John

 

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21 December 2015

From:

Neil Slade

David George Woodall (Mem No: 995)

It is with regret I have to announce that past member David George Woodall passed away in October.

David served at the following Units:

Sutton Coalfield 1957
Nicosia 1957-58
Habaninya(Iraq) 1958
Ayas Nickolius 1958-59
Episcopi 1959-60
Locking 1960-61
Cottesmore 1961-62
Aird Uig 1962-64
Northolt 1964-66
Gütersloh 1966-69
Brize Norton 1969-70
St Athan 1970-73
Gan 1973-74
Abingdon 1974-76
Wildenrath 1976-79

 

RIP David

 

From Ken Slade:

I was saddened to hear the news of Dave Woodall's passing. I worked with Dave back in the early seventies at Abingdon, he was one of my crew corporals.  He generally was an easy guy get along with and had heart of gold. Should you get into a bit of bother, he always tried to help and steer you in the right direction.  Like all NCO’s he had his good days and bad days with the occasional sense of humour failure; with Dave we had a lot more good than bad days I'm glad to say.”

My deepest sympathies to Brenda and his family.

 

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4 December 2015

From:

Ron Brown

John Mathieson (Mem No: 170)

I’ve just been informed that ex Flt Sgt John Mathieson member No 170 passed away in October and was cremated same month.

John served at the following Units:

Worksop 1955-56
Negombo (Ceylon) 1956-58
Kinloss 1958-61
Conningsby 1961-63
Nicosia 1963-66
Leconfield 1966-70
Wyton 1970-75
Benson 1975-76
Luqa 1976-78
Catterick 1978-79
North Coates 1979-81

 

RIP John

 

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17 November 2015

From:

Neil Slade

Brian "Bill" Bailey (Mem No: 119)

It is with deep sadness that I have to report that one of our oldest members, Brian Bailey passed away on 16 November.  Brian joined the RAF in 1957 and did his recruit training at Bridgenorth. Following completion of his Fire training at Sutton-on-Hull he served at the following Units:

Khormaksar 1958-1960
Church Fenton/Breighton 1960
Benson 1960-1963
Labuan 1963-1964
Marham 1964-1966
RAAF Edinburgh Field 1966-1968
Finningley 1968-1970
Waddington 1970-1972
Masirah 1972-1973
Northolt 1973-1974
Gütersloh 1975-1978
Wittering 1978-1980

Bill's funeral will be held at:

North Bretton Crematorium
Peterborough
PE6 7JE

at 1300 hours on Monday 30 November


 

Stand down and rest in peace

Neil Slade
Chairman and Membership Secretary

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23 September 2015

From:

Dennis McCann

William Elder (Mem No: 719)

Sadly I have to inform you of the passing of my friend William (Bill) Elder.

Bill joined in 1951 and was a Sutton trained Fireman. He served at the following RAF Stations:

Colerne 1951-1952

128 Mu Abu Sultan (Suez)1952-1954

Middleton St George 1954 1956

A good Mate who will be sadly missed

RIP Bill

 

 

Dennis

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16 August 2015

From:

Brian Ford

John Dunn (Mem No: 796)

It is with a feeling of deep sadness, that I have to report the death of Corporal John Dunn, who passed away in April of this year.

John was trained at Sutton -on-Hull in 1956

Posted to Valley 1956-60

Butterworth      1960-63

Medmenham        1963 64

Khormaksar       1965-66

Waddington       1966-68

 

Joined DFS Valley as SUB OFFICER 1968-74

 

Rip Mate,

  

Brian Ford  

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11 August 2015

From:

Archie Carter

Allen Brooks (Mem No: 1043)

It is with deep regret that Julia Brooks has informed me of the passing of her father, Allen Brooks on 25/07/15. Allen served for many years before leaving the service in 1979 as a Sgt stationed at RAF Newton.

Rest in Peace Brother. 

Archie Carter

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13 May 2015

From:

Steve Harrison

Philip Henry Cooper (Mem No: 799)

Sorry to inform you that Philip Henry Cooper (member 799) passed away on the evening of May 12th. Philip at Stewton House Nursing Home in Louth, Lincolnshire after a battle with leukaemia. He was aged 82.

I visited Philip on Friday just for a few minutes, but I am pleased that I saw him and made him smile.


RIP Philip.

Steve

 

Funeral Arrangements:

The service will be held on Friday 29th May 2015 at 12.30 in Lincoln Crematorium, Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF


Neil Slade and I attended Philps service at Lincoln Crematorium today Neil and his wife Jan brought the Association Standard to parade. This was well received by his family, who said he would have loved it. No explanation needed he was an RAF Fireman. Rest well, duty done, stand down.
 

 

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11 May 2015

From:

Steve Harrison

George Edwards (Mem No: 238)

It is with the greatest sadness that I have to announce the death of George Edwards B.E.M.

George was making slow progress after his operation for stomach cancer but suffered a setback and passed away on Sunday evening 10th May.

George touched many lives on his journey, not only in the RAF Fire Service and the RAF & DFS Association but in his work with the Probation Service, the Air cadets and lately with SSAFA. George was always thinking of other people and worked tirelessly to help others despite battles with his own health. He would be the first to admit that he was only able to do this with his wife Anne’s support and our hearts go out to her, Peter and Christine and the grandchildren.

Rest well my old buddy I shall miss you immensely.

 

Steve

 

From Dennis McCann
Association President:

Whilst in Germany I had a telephone call from our Chairman Neil informing me of the sad loss of George. George was a real peoples person, he touched so many lives in so many different ways. Since I first met George over 40 years ago we often ended up on Committees together. Once on a club Committee in Laarbruch he organised Mike and Bernie Winters to perform in the club and because of his great love of football to take part in a football match. After the match he also arranged for a major foam unit to be on hand and cover Mike and Bernie in foam: everyone had a great laugh except for Mike and Bernie. Everyone who knew George will remember his jokes and witty stories.

George lived his life to the full: his wife and family were his rock enabling him to achieve so much. Anne we are so sorry for your loss: George will be greatly missed by us all.

God Bless You George my very good friend.

Dennis 

 

 

From Neil Slade
Association Chairman:

It was with great sadness I received the news of George’s passing on Monday.

When I joined the Association, George was one of the first members to welcome me along with a pint, a true fireman!

 The first Flashpoint I received was edited by George and his loyal mate Steve. You can see that my joining the Association and making the acquaintance of George go hand in hand. It didn’t take long for me to appreciate not only how much George contributed but how close the Association was to George’s heart. He played many roles during his time with us, besides joint Editor of Flashpoint he was the Area Co-ordinator for the North West and Wales and joint Press Officer with Steve.

A man well respected by all who knew him, he will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne and the family. I hope the many happy memories they share of George help to bring comfort at this sad time.

Neil Slade

Chairman

 

From Howard Harper

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of George Edwards, on behalf of the association members of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, may I offer Ann and her family our deepest sympathy at this sad time.

Howard Harper (member 682)

Area co-ordinator Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

 

 

The funeral arrangements for our good friend George Edwards BEM are:

A service will be held on Friday 22nd May 2015 at Our Lady Help of Christians RC Church. Portico Lane. Prescot. Merseyside L34 2QT at 09.30. Followed by a service at St Helens Crematorium Rainford Road, Saint Helens, Merseyside WA10 6DF at 11.00.

Anne and family would like you to join them for refreshments afterwards at the Ruskin’s Health & Fitness Centre Ruskin Drive, Denton's Green, Saint Helens WA10 6RP.

Regards Steve Harrison

 

George’s funeral service which took place on 22nd May 2015 at Our Lady Help of Christians RC Church, Portico Lane, Prescot, Merseyside was well attended not only by his family and close friends but friends from all the agencies he had worked with during his life. They were from the Probation Service, Air Cadets, SAFFA, RAFA and his Fire Fighting brothers from the RAF & DFS Association. There was standing room only, which reflected what effect George kindness and diligence had made to people’s lives. A guard of honour was formed by Air Cadets and Members of The RAF & DFS Association. The Standards from The RAFA & RAF & DFS Association were paraded by Phil Southern and Neil Slade.

Peter, George’s son, read his eulogy encompassing all his life and achievements in a controlled emotional yet humorous fashion which would have made George very proud as it did Anne his wife and daughter Christine on the day.

Anne would like to thank all who sent cards, flowers and posted kind comments on social media. She understands although you could not make it to the funeral you were there in spirit.

 

Steve Harrison

 

 

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28 April 2015

From:

Brian Ford

Keith Penfold (Mem No: 9)

It is with a feeling of deep sadness, that I have to inform you of the death of our Honorary Life President, Keith Penfold. Keith died in Swindon Great Western Hospital, on Sunday 26th April, following a long illness.

Keith was a founder member of our Association (Membership Number 9) and shortly after his attending the inaugural meeting at Shoreham in May1995, was elected to Chairman and later President. A few years after this, because of ill health, he relinquished his position and became Honorary Life President, his original role being taken over by Dennis McCann.

            Keith enlisted in 1951 and was trained as a Fireman at RAF Sutton-on-Hull and served until 1982, when he retired as a Warrant Officer

During his thirty-one year service Keith served at the following RAF Stations:-

Odiham

Upwood

Nicosia

South Cerney

Wildenrath

Laarbruch

Brampton

Oakington

North Coates

Bruggen

Andover

Lyneham

Henlow

Bruggen

Benson

Hullavington

 

.... a service history that must be almost unique and deserving of our utmost respect

 

Our deepest sympathies are extended to Kath and Keith’s family you have lost a truly great man”

                       

                        Rest in peace Sir

  

Brian Ford  

 

From Dennis McCann
Association President:

On our return from Germany we were very saddened to hear of the death of Keith Penfold: a very old friend of mine. Our friendship goes back to the mid fifties at RAF South Cerney where Keith and I were made up to Corporals on the same day. He will be missed by so many people whose lives he touched. Keith was a very good footballer and always a very active Committee member for the benefit of others.

Keith was a founder member of our Association and our very first Chairman. We have so much to thank him for. Our thoughts are with you Kath.

God Bless You Keith my old friend.

Dennis

 

 

Funeral Arrangements:

Please note that at the request of the bereaved there will be no official Association participation, ie parading of banners etc, however, members are invited to pat their final respects as individuals.

The service will be at St Sampsons Church, Cricklade near Swindon, at 11:40 on 13th May to be followed by a family cremation at Swindon Crematorium at 12:45.  A wake will be held at the White Hart in Cricklade after the cremation service.

No flowers, all donations to RAFA

Any queries, please contact Ron Brown

 

 

Message from Keith's family:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Association who came to Keith's funeral and for all the cards and messages of condolence received.

The money collected in his memory amounted to £510.00 and this has been donated to the RAFA Wings Appeal.

Thank you from Kath, his wife, and all his family.

 

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9 April 2015

From:

Tam McCrorie

Malcolm Bulloch (Mem No: 111)

Some sad news for you.  Malcolm's wife, Agnes phoned this morning to say that Malcolm had passed away last night after a long fight with cancer; he would have been 69 next week. Malcolm was such a character; they broke the mould after Malcolm, he was such a nice guy and a good pal.  Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news.

Tom

 

From Dave Kirk:

I would personally like to add my condolences and echo all of Tam's words.  Malcolm was indeed one of life's characters and the RAF Fire Service was an altogether better place for his presence in it.  I'll never forget his warm polite and generous personality, nor his wonderful dry sense of humour and great sense of fun.  I feel sure that in generations to come RAF Firemen will still be recounting the exploits of "Malcolm Bulloch from Kirkintilloch reading gas meters and pornography - your starter for ten"

Malk was a legend in his own lifetime and someone I feel privileged to have been able to call a friend and colleague.

RIP Malcolm.

Dave
(Webmaster)

 

From Brian Ford:

I would just like to add my sentiments to those that you have already received over “Malky” Bulloch.

“What a star!” just the mention of his name would lead to a grin on the faces of those who knew him and a day in his company was always hilarious, Mention his name and wonderful anecdotes will pour out from his friends. Some of his pranks were outrageous but never malicious. Malcolm was a true gentleman and his passing has left us all that poorer.

Rest in peace Malky

Brian Ford

 

From Archie Carter:

Deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of life's true characters. The phrase. I'm Malky Bulloch from Kirkintilloch reading gas meters and pornography is one I will always remember with deep affection. Rest in Peace Malky from someone so glad to have known you in life.

Archie Carter

 

 

Funeral arrangements:

Malcolm's funeral will be at Clydebank Crematorium on Saturday 18 April at 11:30 am


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7 February 2015

From:

Patrick Williams

Edward "Ted" Firmager (Mem No: 708)

It with great regret that I have inform you of the death of Edward (Ted) Firmager ex WO RAF Fire Service, who passed away in Thetford on Saturday 31 January 2015.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends

 

From the Association:

Ted was a past member of our Association and was known to many of us throughout the trade. He was a well respected Warrant Officer and his passing deserves our universal respect and admiration for his years of service as a fire fighter.

Rip Ted

Brian Ford  

 

Funeral arrangements:

Ted's funeral service will be held at:

The Crematorium
Risby
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 6RR

Monday 16 February at 09:45

Donations to the the RAF Benevolent Fund

 

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1 February 2015

From:

Mike Garthwaite

Bill "Chalky" White

Bill passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family after a short illness on 21 January 2015.  During his time with RAF Fire Service he served at various locations including Newton, Singapore, Catterick, Benson, Waddington, West Raynham, Gan, Abingdon, Bruggen, Machrihanish and Finningley.

The funeral service will be at Saltwell Crematorium on Tuesday 3 February 2015 at 1030 hours.

Bill will be sadly missed by all his family but reunited with his beloved wife Margaret.

Rip Bill

  

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20 January 2015

From:

Brian Ford

Colin Farmer (Mem No: 1005)

It is with a feeling of deep sadness, that I have to report the death of Colin Farmer, Who passed away in Perth, Australia, on the morning of the 19th January.

Colin was a “Sutton” trained Fireman and served on various stations during his twenty two years service, including Church Lawford, Bassingbourne,  Tangmere, Kuala Lumpur, Hullavington, Catterick (as an instructor), Sharjah, Fairford and Laarbruch.

During a holiday visit to UK in September, Colin met up with the Royal Wootton “Basseteers” and was made an honorary member. We all enjoyed a warm afternoon in his company and his passing has left us saddened but richer for his friendship.

 

Rip Mate, One of the best

  

Brian Ford  

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6 January 2015

From:

Allan Brooke

Mike Shenton (Mem No: 550)

I am sorry to have to inform you of the death of Mike Shenton on 5th Jan 2015 . Mike died at home after a long fight against ill health. More details when Anita has them.

From the Association:

Mike was a past Committee member and became the Association Treasurer. During his time in the RAF, he was trained at Sutton upon Hull and served at Shaw bury, Khormaksar, Salalah, Dishforth and Ternhill. As a well respected and hard working member of our group we deeply regret his passing.

 

 RIP Mike

 

Funeral Arrangements:

Mike's funeral which will take place on Thursday 22nd January at 11.30 am at St Hilary's Parish Church, Conway Road, Llandudno, Gwynedd LL30 1RW Wales

There is a reception afterwards, at Llandudno but no further details are available as yet.


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18 December 2014

From:

Tam McCrorie

Jim Bryson

Sorry to have to announce that ex-RAF Fireman James Bryson died six weeks ago at the age of 76.  During the 1960s Jim served at RAF Leuchars, RAF Aldergrove, RAF(H) Wegberg and  finally RAF Geilenkirchen. He lived in Mossblown, Ayrshire.

RIP Jim


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5 December 2014

From:

Steve Harrison

Paul McGee (Mem No: 949)

Having been away and I am a little late in posting this.

It was 26th November 2013 that we lost our fire-fighting brother Paul McGee. our hearts go out to Angie, Sharon and James. Rest in Peace Paul, my old desert buddy a well respected Royal Air Force fire-fighter. This is also posted on behalf of Smiler Meeson, Jim Smith and George Edwards.

RIP Paul

 

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25 November 2014

From:

Neil Slade

Air Marshall Sir John Sutton KCB
Late Honorary President of RAF & Defence Fire Services Association

Sadly, I must inform the membership that Sir John passed away suddenly on Friday 21 November.  More information will be publishes as it becomes available.

Neil Slade

 

 

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22 November 2014

From:

Neil Slade

Brian Bennett (Mem No: 832)

Sadly, Member 832 Brian Bennett past away on Monday the 17th of November. his Funeral will take place on 3rd of December at 1400 hrs, Tunbridge Wells, Crematorium. TN2 5JJ.

RIP Brian

Neil Slade


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21 November 2014

From:

Tony Wright

Joe (Gordon) Childs

It is with sadness that I report the death of Joe (Gordon) Childs on Sunday 9th  November 2014,     we were good friends since we met at RAF Bovingdon, Herts in 1961 until his recent death.         

My recollections are of a man who had great humour and love of life.       

He will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends.

RIP Joe

 

Tony Wright


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7 November 2014

From:

Neil Slade

William Harris (Mem No: 520)

Sadly, Membership number 520 William Harris passed away in March this year.

RIP William

 

Neil Slade


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4 November 2014

From:

John Sweeney

Brian Harrison (Mem No: 312)

Sadly, I have to inform members Member 312 Sgt Brian Harrison passed away today at 10am peacefully at Peaker Park Nursing Home Market Harborough aged 81.

Brian's funeral is on the 19th Nov at 12.45 in the Edgar Newman chapel at Kettering crematorium

 

 Rest in Peace Brian

   

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17 October 2014

From:

Brian Ford

Don Wright (Mem No: 227)

Sadly, I have to inform members of the death of Don Wright who passed away, after a long illness on 22nd of September 2014. 

Don Joined the RAF in 1955, was Sutton Trained and served, among other places, at Akrotiri, Aden and Waddington.  

He served for eleven years and our deepest sympathies go to his family

 Rest in Peace Don

  

Brian Ford  

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17 October 2014

From:

Brian Ford

Mick Hayward (Mem No: 458)

Sadly I have to inform members of the death of Mick Haywood, who passed away, after a long illness on 16th October 2014.

Mick was a popular member, seen at most reunions and at the Cenotaph Parade in London. 

Mick Joined the RAF in 1958, he was Sutton trained and served at Dishforth, Nicosia, Church Fenton, Singapore/ Malaya, North Luffenham,  Salalah, and ended his service at Coningsby in 1968. 

Thanks for all the laughs Mick

 

RIP Mate

 

Brian Ford

 

Funeral arrangements:

Date 30th October 2014.  

 Time 1345 hrs 

Grenoside Crematorium,
South Chaple,
Skew Hill Lane,
Sheffield S35 8RZ.

 

From Mick Clapton

 

 

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21 September 2014

From:

Neil Slade

Raymond Bond (Mem No: 904)

Raymond Bond, member 904 sadly passed away in July, a well respected ex Firefighter, he served at Bridgenorth, Sutton-on-Hull, Weeton, Honiley, North Luffenham and West Raynham.

Raymond died after a long illness and will be sadly missed.

RIP Raymond

 

Neil Slade


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29 June 2014

From:

Bob Feather

Jim Paterson (Mem No: 405)

On behalf of Brenda Paterson I have to inform Association Members of the passing of Jim Paterson. Jim passed away yesterday 28th June 2014. 

As many members will know Jim served the Association as Vice Chairman and was also a Flight Sergeant in the RAF Fire Service. 

Jims farewell will be at 1600hrs Tuesday 8th July 2014 at:
 
Rose Hill Crematorium
Cantley Lane
Cantley
Doncaster
DN4 6NE
 
This will be followed by a get together at the:
 
Rossington Labour and Social Club
Gatison Lane
Rossington
Doncaster
DN11 0NR
 
Family flowers only please, Jim and Brenda were avid supporters of Help for Heroes and any donations will be donated to the charity
Should you wish to send a card they can be sent to.

Mrs Brenda Paterson
18 Plover Court
Rossington
Doncaster
DN11 OHU

 


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12 May 2014:

From:

Steve Bowden

Ken Bowden (Mem No: 412)

Unfortunately,
 
It is with great regret and much sadness that I have to inform you that your friend Ken passed away this afternoon. 
He was a truly loving Husband to Sheila and a great Father to Sue, Steve, Ian and Debra who along with their partners, grandchildren and great grandchild will miss him dearly.     
He was a great friend to many who will also miss him .
You may wish to remember him as the life and soul (after a few drams of whiskey) of the party; as long as you weren't talking politics!! 

 

Funeral arrangements:

Ken's farewell will be on the 28th of May at 14:30. 
This will be at Peterborough Crem

Peterborough Crematorium
Mowbray Road
North Bretton
Peterborough
PE6 7JE

The service will be followed by a gathering at the Fitzwilliam Arms in Marholm which is just down the road from the Crem. 

Message from Steve:

I would just like to thank the Chairman, our Standard Bearer, the Standard Escorts and Association Members for their attendance at Dads Farewell on the 28th May at Peterborough.
It was great celebration of Dad's life and the part our Association played was most certainly most fitting and he would have been proud of everyone. 
Mother and the rest of the family were especially pleased as they were not quite sure what to expect.
Dad really enjoyed his Association weekends away, meeting his many friends both old and new. 
Many thanks once again to all, very much appreciated.


 
Kind Regards,
 
Steve.

Click below to read a letter of appreciation from Ken's widow

Shelia Bowden.pdf


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8 May 2014:

From:

Ben Zaccardelli

Dave "Stevie" Stevenson (Mem No: 768)

Just got a message from Diane Stevenson, Dave passed away yesterday, an old pal who will be sadly  missed

RIP my old mate..

From Steve Harrison:

Dave passed away suddenly on Wednesday 7th May 2014 aged 67. Dave served as an RAF Fire-Fighter at RAF Scampton, Akrotiri, St Mawgan and Laarbruch before he decided to leave the RAF. He then embarked on a career in the fire/oil/safety industry travelling to the Far East, Near East and Africa, which he wrote about in his excellent book “A Journey Through My Life”

Dave recently had some health problems with pancreatitis and had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Still, he carried on with great resilience and a sense of humour. Dave was a great character and will be missed by his friends and colleagues.

Funeral Arrangements:  

Arrangements for Dave Stevenson’s Funeral have finally been confirmed

The funeral will take place at St Columb Major church St Columb Major Cornwall TR9 6SA on Tuesday 3 June  at 2.30 .

Any member/ friends / colleagues  willing and able to attend Dave’s Funeral will be most welcome  reception to follow in the pub next door to the church  The Pub was Dave’s local and also well frequented by the Late Jim Crabtree  there is still  apparently a photo of Jim behind the bar

 

From Dave Kirk:

Although I never knew Stevie personally I feel I have to add a couple of lines to this obituary.  Despite the onset of terminal illness, in recent months Dave devoted much of his time to the compilation of the latest edition of Flashpoint and though he had to give up prior to publication it is plain to see what a great contribution he made and what a loss to the Association his passing has become.  His account of the trip to Romania epitomises what a full and productive life he has led, and I would like to offer my condolences to Dianne and family. 

 

RIP Dave

 

From George Edwards:

  I am another who never served with Dave but have fond memories of him   from our meetings at reunions and cenotaph –Parades. He was without doubt a real character colourful and full of fun. His article in a previous flashpoint about the time he paid a surprise visit to he Chelsea pensioners home after a cenotaph parade must be one of the best ever flashpoint articles and I would say it reflects Dave’s fun loving out for a laugh attitude and I bet those Chelsea –pensioners who enjoyed a pint with him that day    remember it well

Dave has also provided invaluable help in the production of the new book that is in the process of publication   chronicling the history of the RAF fire service. He typed up literally hundreds of pages of manuscripts sent to the book production team it really was a thankless task but one he did willingly and highly competently his willingness to take on the role of flashpoint editor and area coordinator for Cornwall Devon & Somerset reflects his outstanding enthusiasm and love of his old trade. I have since hearing the sad news and wearing my SSAFA Case workers hat I have been in regular contact with Dave’s Wife Dianne offering some support and advice. Sadly no date has yet been set for the funeral but as soon as those details are released I will put them on the website. Dave did struggle during the later stages of his life/ illness but I shall always remember him as a cheerful and enthusiastic ex RAF Fireman. may you rest in peace my friend

George Edwards

 

 


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25 March 2014

From:

Howard Harper

David Deacon (Mem No: 480)

David Deacon, member 480 sadly passed away in October 2013, a well respected ex Firefighter.

Our deepest sympathy to Irene, from the association’s  Cambridgeshire area members.

RIP David

 

Howard Harper


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24 March 2014

From:

Brian Ford

Pat Cunningham

I have heard today that Pat Cunningham passed away unexpectedly on Friday 21 March.

Pat's widow is Dorothy (Dot) and she lives at 4 Tern View, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 1DU. The funeral is on Monday 7th April at Telford Crematorium at 1pm.

Pat was 18 when he joined the RAF and served for 12 years, reaching the rank of Corporal. He served for a number of years in Germany moving to that posting shortly after his marriage to Dot in December 1958. Pat and Dot do not have any children.

On return to civilian life in 1968 Pat pursued a career in road transport finishing up as Transport Manager  with a company involved in International freight based in Bolton.

 

RAP Pat

 

Brian Ford


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28 February 2014

From:

Paul Theobald

John Johnson

It is with great sadness that fellow Firefighter and Kinloss legend of the 80's John Johnson passed away yesterday (Thursday) morning after suffering a heart attack.
Like many who knew him I have fond and great memories, a bit of a trailblazer and practical joker overall top bloke.


RIP JJ


My thoughts are with your friends and family and you me old mucker
 

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23 February 2014

From:

Russ Welsh

Clifford "Biff" Cox

I've just heard some very sad news tonight. Former Raf fireman Biff Cox collapsed and passed away on station with Surrey fire brigade. I worked with him at BZN 87-88 and have some great memories.
Rip mate

 

Funeral details:

Guildford Crematorium.
New Pond Road
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 3DB

Saturday 8 March at 11:30


 

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31 December 2013

From:

Dave Keen

Bill McCreath

It is with sadness that I have to inform the association of the passing of a great friend, Bill McCreath Bill lost his fight and passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning 30th December 2013.

Bill's Funeral will take place at Thanet Crematorium on Friday 10 Jan at 10:00hrs
Family Flowers only please, Bill and Ros were keen for any donations to be donated to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Cards may be sent to:

Mrs Ros McCreath
37 Queen Bertha Road
St Lawrence
Ramsgate
Kent
CT11 ODY

Thanet Crematorium
Manston Road
Margate
Kent
CT9 4LY

RIP My Friend

Dave Keen

 


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16 December 2013

From:

Brian Ford

George Garland (Mem No: 927)

 

Sadly I have to report the death of an old comrade George Garland who passed away in June 2013

George served From January 1946 until December 1948, at various MU.s, in the Wiltshire area.

Our Sympathies go to Mrs Susan Kidd and George’s family

Rest in Peace George

Brian Ford


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16 December 2013

From:

Brian Ford

Charles Sharpe (Mem No 30)

 

I have been informed that sadly one of our original founder members, Mr Charles Sharp passed away on December 7th

Charles was 93 years old and saw wartime service in Whitehill Gloucester, Cornwall and Palestine. He enlisted in 1940 and served until 1945.

He was present at the very first meeting at Shoreham and he and his wife Anne attended two of the reunions at Bracklesham Bay.

Ou sympathy goes to Anne and the rest of his family

Rest in peace old mate

Brian Ford


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31 December 2013

From:

Dave Keen

Bill McCreath

It is with sadness that I have to inform the association of the passing of a great friend, Bill McCreath Bill lost his fight and passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning 30th December 2013.

Bill's Funeral will take place at Thanet Crematorium on Friday 10 Jan at 10:00hrs
Family Flowers only please, Bill and Ros were keen for any donations to be donated to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Cards may be sent to:

Mrs Ros McCreath
37 Queen Bertha Road
St Lawrence
Ramsgate
Kent
CT11 ODY

Thanet Crematorium
Manston Road
Margate
Kent
CT9 4LY

RIP My Friend

Dave Keen

 


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16 December 2013

From:

Brian Ford

George Garland (Mem No 927)

 

Sadly I have to report the death of an old comrade George Garland who passed away in June 2013

George served From January 1946 until December 1948, at various MU.s, in the Wiltshire area.

Our Sympathies go to Mrs Susan Kidd and George’s family

Rest in Peace George

Brian Ford


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16 December 2013

From:

Brian Ford

Charles Sharpe (Mem No 30)

 

I have been informed that sadly one of our original founder members, Mr Charles Sharp passed away on December 7th

Charles was 93 years old and saw wartime service in Whitehill Gloucester, Cornwall and Palestine. He enlisted in 1940 and served until 1945.

He was present at the very first meeting at Shoreham and he and his wife Anne attended two of the reunions at Bracklesham Bay.

Ou sympathy goes to Anne and the rest of his family

Rest in peace old mate

Brian Ford


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5 December 2013

From:

Simon Marsh

Mark Alsop

Sadly our RAF Firefighter brother WO Mark Alsop lost his battle and passed away this morning at 0145. Mark's service history reads as follows:

Aug-Oct 1975 RAF Swinderby 

Oct-Dec 1975 RAF Catterick 

Dec 75-Nov 81 RAF Coltishall

Nov 81-Mar 85 RAF Honington 

Mar 85-Mar 89 RAF Gutersloh 

Mar 89-Jun 93 RAF Waddington

Jun 93-Jul 96 RAF Uxbridge 

Jul 96-Jul 99 RAF Akrotiri 

Jul 99-Feb 04 RAF Northolt 

Feb 04-Feb 05 RAF Kinloss 

Feb 05-Jun 06 RAF Cottesmore 

Oct 06-Feb 10 RAF Akrotiri 

Feb 10-Apr 13 JFCHQ NATO, Brunssum, Netherlands

Apr 13-Discharge RAF Waddington 

OOA 

Oct 82- Jan 83 Ascension Islands

Apr 91- Jul 91 RAF Akrotiri 

Dec 99-May 2000 Falklands 

Aug 03- Dec 03 Falklands 

Jan 07- Apr 07 Falklands 

Feb 09- May 09 Basra 

Various short detachments to Northern Ireland and Merseyside in support of OP FRESCO

 

Mark & Mel were keen for any donations to be put towards an AIRVO machine within the Navenby ward of Lincoln County Hospital.

Funeral details from Martin Trafford at DFRMO HQ:

Mark’s funeral will take place at Lincoln Crematorium Wed 18 Dec 13 at 11.10 hrs. All those wishing to attend are welcome. Serving personnel are invited to wear No 1 HD with medals. Address is Washingborough Road, Lincoln, LN4 1EF. I understand that there is plenty of parking at the site. Afterwards, there will be a reception at the WO & Sgts mess at RAF Waddington to which all are invited.

Serving personnel are invited to form a guard of honour and line the final section of route leading to the chapel. To facilitate this, personnel should arrive at the crematorium by 10.40 for a short brief & positioning.   

 

 

Cards may be sent to:

Mel Cropley Alsop, 42 Jerusalem Road, Skellingthorpe,Lincoln,LN6 5TW

 

RIP Good friend


 

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28 November 2013

From:

George Edwards

Paul McGhee

Sadly Paul  McGhee passed away yesterday morning 27 November after a long battle with cancer. Paul was a very good friend of Steve Harrison, Kevin "Smiler"  Meeson,  Jim Smith  and I; going way back to our 1960’s Masirah days. All four of us managed a few visits to see Paul during the later days of his life, it was sad to see him suffer, but a great privilege to be in his company and  share with him fond recollections of those carefree  and pain free  days of our youth. We felt we brought some joy into his life during those visits a view shared by his family. For those wanting to send a condolence card his wife and family  Angela’s address is:

7 Colston Crescent
 West Bridgeford
 Nottingham
 NG2 7FT .

 I know that Angela and her family would at this difficult time  really appreciate  condolence  cards and a good turn out for the funeral  . We have no funeral details yet but Steve Jim Kevin and I will definitely  be attending our dear friends funeral I’m about to notify John Goupillot  who was a another good friend of Paul’s . Paul took great delight in telling the tale of John saving his life at a fire in Gutersloh  hopefully  John can attend the funeral.

Paul served at:

 

 RAF Watton          1965  – 1967

RAF Masirah          1967 – 1968

RAF Oakington       1968 – 1970

RAF Gutersloh        1970 – 1973

RAF Marham           1973 -  1974

RAF Gutersloh         1974 – 1977

RAF Marham          1977 – 1980

RAF Cottesmore     1980 – 1987

RAF Machrihanish   1987 - 1988

 


RIP Paul

 

Funeral arrangements:

Friday 6th December at 11.30
Holy Spirit Church
West Bridgford
Nottinghamshire
NG2 7NT
 

From Steve Harrison


 

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19 November 2013

From:

Dave Brown

Ken Steel

It is with great sadness that I have to inform of the death of Ken Steel (Ex FS Regt) who was with the Fire Section RAF Gutersloh 1973-93.  He died aged 80 on 14 Nov 13.


RIP Ken

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20 September 2013

From:

Brian Ford

Bob Massie

 

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Bob Massie who died on Saturday, 14th September; following a heart Attack. Bob was a much liked member and will be greatly missed at our reunions


Rest in peace Mate


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4 September 2013

From:

Brian Ford

Bernard Ellis

I have been informed that sadly, Tommy Robertson Passed away on Sunday 1st September
Tommy served at Gibraltar, Gutersloh and Wyton
He will be missed by his mates

RIP Tom

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19 August 2013

From:

Brian Ford

Bernard Ellis

Sadly, I have to inform you of the passing of Bernard Ellis, Who died in March 2013. Bernard was one of the old school, who enlisted in 1952 and served for four years, He was stationed at Cranage (Cheshire) in 1952 and Luqa(Malta)in 1956.


RIP Bernard

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16 August 2013

From:

Brian Ford

Ernie Fisher

Doreen Fisher has phoned me to inform me of the death of our great friend Ernie Fisher on Friday 9th August, following a long illness with heart disease. His funeral will be at Peterborough Crematorium 1600hrs on Thursday 22nd August.


God Bless you Ernie, a true mate in every sense of the word.


Brian Ford


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7 July 2013

From:

Terry Monaghan

Merrick Robertson

It is with deepest sadness that I have to inform the association of the passing of ex Sgt Merrick Robertson.

From Tug Wilson via facebook 10 Jul:

Merrick's funeral will be held on 17th of July at Banbury crematorium at 1pm. If you feel like you want to attend please contact myself Rachael (his daughter) through my facebook messages.

 


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11 June 2013

From:

Jan Rogers

Bill Rogers

(email from Jan to Brian Ford)


I wanted to let you know that my dad, William Rogers, sadly passed away yesterday,

 

His membership number was 827

 

I know that he enjoyed meeting up with everyone at the "dinner dance" meetings, mum enjoyed going too, I know its probably time to book the next one, so thought you should know.

 

Its so very sad that so many of his friends have passed away too,

 

 But thanks to everyone for being a part of his life

 

Kind regards

 

Jan x


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8 June 2013

From:

Michael Clark

Norman Weavers

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of Norman Weavers, (Jordy) at 1430 hrs 6/6/13 he passed away after a long fight with cancer I served with him at Gütersloh & Changi. For the past years he resided in sheltered accommodation in Waddington Village, he served 22 yrs+ as a Cpl.

RIP old Friend.


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10 April 2013:

From:

Mark Snowdon

Neville Tortice

Nev died on 9 April 2013, no other details known at this time.  A well liked RAF Firefighter who will be sadly missed.

RIP Nev

 

From Jane:

Sadly my husband Neville Tortice passed away in his sleep on Friday 5 April 2013 aged 60.  He served at Wyton, Cranwell, Falkland Islands, Bishops Court, West Raynham and Marham. 
 
The celebration service of his life will take place at St George's Church, Saham Toney, Norfolk at 2pm on Tuesday 23 April 2013.  Please look at msatrust.org.uk to see details of his illness - we hope to raise funds to set up at support group for fellow sufferers in Norfolk and Suffolk.
 
If anyone wishes to contact the family please use njjt@hotmail.co.uk.
 
Regards


Jane Tortice

 

Read George Edwards' tribute to Nev

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10 April 2013:

From:

Brian Ford

Peter Low

Sadly I have to report the death of Peter Low

Peter died on December 19th 20012 after a long battle with Lung Cancer. Peter served from July 1955 up to December 1963 and was stationed at Henlow (1956-1958) Katonayake, Ceylon (1958-1960), Thorney Island (1960- 1962), and Old Sarum (1962-1963)

            Our thoughts go out to Ethel and his family

                        REST IN PEACE PETER

Brian Ford


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14 February 2013:

From:

Ben Zaccardelli

Al Ward

Just had a phone call from the daughter of Al Ward. Al passed away at 1500 hours on 12 February after a long illness.  He was a grand lad and I know he will be missed by all his mates in the Association; the meetings will not be the same without him.  My condolences to his family.

From Gordon Smith:

I am sorry to inform you of the passing of Alfred Al Ward, we all knew him as Al Ward, he died last Tuesday, the funeral arrangements aer as follows.

Tuesday the 26-Feb-2013 at Lincoln Crem at 11.50 Hrs.

I used to live in the same village as Al, we spent many a night in the village pub, and on a Friday night up at the club in Cranwell village, before going back to the village pub in Leasingham where we both lived,  for last orders, usually with a couple of joints of meat that we had won, fond memories of a warm and generous man.

 RIP my old mate..

 

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9 December 2012:

From:

Brian Ford

Brian West

Sadly I have to inform you that Brian West passed away suddenly on 27th July 2012

Brian served from November 1953, until 1966. He served at the following stations:-

                                                                                               

                                                                                                Upavon

                                                                                                Tengah

                                                                                                High Wycombe

                                                                                                Marham

                                                                                                Khormaksar

                                                                                                Eastleigh

Rest in Peace Brian    

Brian Ford


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28 November 2012
:

From:

Hugo Irving

John Jolley

Thought your members may like to know the sad news that John Jolley (former C-Fire-O HQ STC) passed away last week after a long illness. His funeral will be held at Amersham Crematorium on Friday 30th Nov at 1645 hrs.

Regards,

Hugo Irving - DFRMO (East) HQ

 

Official DFRMO announcement:

Colleagues, 

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that we have been advised of the passing of John Jolley on 20th November 2012 following a lengthy illness. 

John passed away peacefully and the CFO has spoken to John’s wife Sheila and passed on his condolences on behalf of all the serving and retired members of the MOD Fire & Rescue Services. 

John joined the RAF in 1955 and joined the MOD Fire Service at Shawbury in 1961. John went on to serve at Kemble, Lossiemouth, Manston, HQSTC High Wycombe, HQ MOD FS London, HQ Support Command Brampton and finished his career at HQSTC High Wycombe as the Command Fire Officer before retiring in 2000. 

The funeral will take place at Amersham Crematorium, Chiltern, Whielden Lane. Amersham HP7 0ND on Friday 30 November 2012 at 1645 hours.   

Members of DFRMO are welcome to attend and should notify SM Canavan accordingly.  

Sheila has asked if serving FRS uniformed members could act as pall bearers and we require up to 6 volunteers.     

Our thoughts are with John’s family and friends at this sad time. 

Bob Goldup

 

 

 

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14 November 2012:

From:

Brian Ford

Bill Wilson

Sadly I have to inform you that William Arthur Wilson passed away in July. I understand that he was ninety four and saw extensive war service in Europe. I know that there must be a history here but despite my best efforts, I have not been able to locate any records. Perhaps there is someone out there who may have known him, we just can’t let a veteran fire fighter go without recognising his service.

Rest in Peace Bill

Brian Ford


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4 November 2012:

From:

Gordon Smith

Ian Priestley

It is with great sadness I have to inform you all of the following:

Retired former RAF Firefighter Ian Priestly died on the 20th Oct 2012 aged 73, after a short illness. Ian joined the RAF Fire Service in Oct 1957 and underwent training as a Firefighter at RAF Sutton upon Hull. After tours throughout the UK, Middle East and the Far East he was granted a Commission into the RAF Regiment in September 1979. The funeral took place at the East Riding Crematorium in Octon near Driffield on Friday the 2nd November 2012. He is survived by his wife Ester of 2 Westfield Rise, Beeford, East Yorkshire YO25 BEX. Donations can be made in Ian's name to Cancer Research UK.

 

Information was from DFRMO routine orders.

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22 October 2012:

From:

Mal Ray

Mick Fielding

I have just been told that ex F/S Mick Fielding died on Saturday. He served for 37 years in the Fire Service and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Rest in peace Mick

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30 September 2012:

From:

Trevor Hayes

John Wilson (Mem No 284)

I have just learned ( from member 848 Geoff Cook)  that John Wilson, Membership number 284, has died and was cremated last Thursday, 27th September.

I rang his widow Margaret on Sunday morning (today) to offer the Association's condolences.  She has her family with her at this time.

 

Rest in peace John

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29 August 2012:

From:

Trevor Hayes

Kenneth Williams (Mem No 558)

I have today received a telephone call from Kenneth's daughter, Trina, who informed me that Kenneth sadly passed away on the 13th August.

 Ken served from 1960 to 1965 and left as an SAC . He went on to become Chief Fire Officer for British Aerospace at Broughton, Chester.

 

Rest in peace

Kenneth

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16 August 2012:

From:

Jim Guy

Herbert Block (Mem No 814)

It is with sincere regret that I inform you of the death on 27th February 2012 of Herbert Block (Member 814). Herbert leaves a widow Joan, but no children.

The majority of his 5 years RAF service was spent at the Suffolk experimental unit (A&IEU) Martlesham Heath near Woodbridge.

Although Herbert did not attend the reunions, he was an active member and secretary of several sports clubs in his district.

He is sadly missed by Joan and his many sports colleges.

 

Rest in peace

Herbert

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22 July 2012:

From:

Gary Humphrey

Paul (Kitch) Kitchen

Sorry to have to inform you of the passing of Paul Kitchen after a long fight with cancer.  Paul did two stints in RAF Fire Service from 1973.  Our condolences to Annette and your family and friends, at this very difficult time.

 

Rest in peace Paul

 

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12 July 2012:

From:

Brian Ford

Jeffrey Brooke  (Mem No 606)

 

Sadly I have to inform you of the passing of one of our older members.

 Jeffrey Brooke passed away on December 8th 2011

Jeff joined the RAF as a Fireman in February 1946 as a National Serviceman and In his two years he served at 21 MU Lordbridge, RAF Brize Norton, RAF Gatow in Berlin, (during the airlift) and finally at Morton-in-Marsh.

A part of Living History has left us. RIP Jeff

 

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9 July 2012:

From:

Brian Ford

Ron Hoddle

I have being Informed of the death of Ronald Hoddle in November 2011, known as Ron  he was Ex RAF Fire Service and MOD Fire & Rescue Service served at REA Bedford,REA Farnborough and AWE Aldermaston & Burghfield was Chief Fire Officer AWE Fire Service. Lived in Tadley and moved to Desborough Northamptonshireon in retirement. Well liked and respected by all who knew him

RIP Ron

 

 

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9 July 2012:

From:

Brian Ford

James Coates (Mem No 438)

Sorry to inform you that James Coates,  43, Fairfield, Evenwood, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham. DL14 9SE passed away on 6 July 2012. 

 

Rest in peace Jim

 

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4 July 2012:

From:

Chris Pope

Fred Canham BEM

Former RAF Warrant Officer Firefighter Fred Canham BEM, passed away this morning at 4:25am. He Will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
 

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25 June 2012:

From:

Brian Ford

Graham Blacker (Mem No 87)

Sadly i have to inform you of the passing of Graham Blacker. His Wife Brenda wrote to tell me that he passed away on 14th March after suffering from cancer for four years.
She spoke of his affection for the Association and how he looked forward to receiving Flashpoint.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Brenda and family


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19 June 2012:

From:

John Chapman

 John Chapman

It is with regret that I must inform you that my father, John Chapman, has passed away after a short lung related illness. He served from the mid 50's until 1984 finishing his career as a Flt Sgt at RAF Catterick. I know that even after retirement he remained an RAF firefighter at heart. It was what made him the man he was. If any one would like to contact me for further details please use the following email; cchapm08@harris.com

 

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24 May 2012:

From:

Archie Carter

Derek (Mossie) Moscrop (Mem No: 73)

Rest in Peace Warrant Officer Derek Moscrop BEM who passed away on 15 May 2012. I served under Derek when he was a Flight Sergeant at RAF Wildenrath in the early 1980s and a nicer man and a better boss one could not hope to work under.

A sad day RIP Derek.

 

From Simon Chris Bradley:

I have been advised that Warrant Officer Derek William Moscrop BEM (Rtd) passed away peacefully with his family around him on 15th May 2012, following a prolonged illness.

Derek served with the RAF Fire Service for 37 Years from 1953 till 1990.

Derek’s funeral will be held at Harwood Park Cemetery Watton Road Stevenage Hearts SG2 8XT on 29th May at 12.30Pm.

No flowers, donations to “Help the Hero’s

 

 

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19 May 2012:

From:

Brian Ford

Derrick Hand (Mem No: 716)

Sadly, Derrick Hand has passed away. His funeral will be at 10:30 on 25th May at Aberystwyth crematorium

Derrick served from 1947-1952 and served at Watton, Shepards Grove, Caste Benito
Luqa, and El Adem


Our deepest sympathy is extended to Barbara and family

 

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19 April 2012:

From:

Glenn Priestley

 Mike Hall

I believe Mike retired from the Air Force in 1992 at the rank of Sgt though I don’t know if he served 22 or 30 years.  He was from Blackpool and 58 years old when he passed away from cancer.  I believe his final station was Macrihanish, though his top table/leaving do was at Cranwell.

The funeral will be held on Monday 23rd April at 1400, it will be at Carleton Crematorium, Poulton-le-Fylde, Nr Blackpool, Lancashire. FY6.

 

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15 April 2012:

From:

Denise Friel

Jean Friel (Wife of Roy)

 

I am sad to inform you of the loss of my mother known to you all as Roy Friel's Wife, Jean. Mum passed away very peacefully at home on a sunny afternoon, 28th March 2012, at 14.10 as we were gathered in prayer and the ferry left port to Dublin with Des talking to Mum. Mum was diagnosed with cancer 6 weeks after laying dad to rest in February 2011. Apologies for the late notification. My four brothers and I are devastated at the lost of our wonderful parents and would like to join you in your next reunion in their memory. Mum was laid to rest with dad on the 11th April, the day after we had the funeral. A beautiful memorial disc has been produced from photographs of the two days and it would be fitting for an honour to place it with yourselves. please keep in touch. Mum gave us a lovely last two weeks fill with laughter, tears and poignant moments we can treasure forever. We nursed mum at home with loving care till it was time for the reunion of mum with dad.

Thank you to those I managed to contact and inform.

R.I.P Mum now happily reunited with Dad.
 

Sincere Regards


Denise, Tony, Des, Kevin and Martin and families. xxxxxxxxx

 

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31 March 2012:

From:

Brian Ford

Mick Mackenzie

Sorry to inform you that Mick passed away on March 22 after a long illness. Our deep sympathy to Carol.
The funeral will be on Tuesday 3rd April at 14.15 at the North Chapel, Hendon Cemetery, Holders Hill Road.NW7 1NB

 

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18 March 2012:

From:

Howard Harper

 

Herbert Block, (Mem No: 814)

I had a brief phone message from an un-named relative of the late Herbert Block, member 814, informing me that Herbert had passed away.

No further details re funeral arrangements are to hand, this message was passed on Sunday 4th March

 

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24 February 2012:

From:

Trevor Hayes

Ian Jackson (Mem No 917)

I have Just been informed that Ian died after a heart operation in January for which, on behalf of the Association, I offered our condolences.

RIP Ian

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24 February 2012:

From:

Trevor Hayes

Arthur Gurnhill (Mem No 688)

In today's post I learned from his wife, Irene, that Arthur Gurnhill died on the 16th Sept 2010

RIP Arthur

 

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23 February 2012:

From:

Brian Ford

Roy Pilton (Mem No 701)

I have just received a phone call in forming me that Roy Pilton passed away in December 2011. I will attempt to obtain more information later today.

 

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21 February 2012:

From:

George Edwards

Daniel Kettle (Mem No 532)

Received a phone call this evening from Neil Kettle son of the above member. Neil tells me that his father Dan passed away on the 14th February  after a very brief illness.

Funeral  is to take place at 12 Noon on Tuesday the 6th March at the Woodlands Cemetery Coleshill BW6 1DA

 

 

 

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8 February 2012:

 

From:

Brian Ford

This obituary is somewhat out of the “norm”. It concerns Sapper Ian Sartorius Jones, a signaller with 200 Signals Squadron, who was killed in Afghanistan and repatriated on 2nd February.

 Ian was the son of Robert Sartorius Jones and God son of Ken Slade, both members of our Association.

 We cannot begin to imagine the pain that they are both suffering at their loss and our very deepest sympathy goes out to them and their families

 

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7 February 2012:

From:

Trevor Hayes

The Association has been informed of the passing of  Mr Tom McMillan member number 489.

Tom died last Thursday and the Association offers condolences to his widow Nessi.

Funeral is to be held at the York Crematorium on Monday 20th February at 2.20pm if anyone would like to attend.

 

 

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3 February 2012:

From:

Trevor Hayes

The Association has been informed of the passing of  Mr Edward Kisbee member number 890.

Edward died mid 2011 and the Association offers condolences to his widow.

 

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30 January 2012:

From:

Dave Kirk (message picked up on web site)

Colin Cratchley (Mem No 325)

As his neighbour for may years, I'm saddened to advise you of Colin's death last May. His Flashpoint arrived today, so I hope this message will reach his ex colleagues and friends.

Colin was my neighbour since we moved here in 1994 and we always got on well, never a cross word in fact. he was a keen golfer and sometime Captain of 'Praa Sands Golf Club' . He became quite ill on a golfing holiday in France. He returned, but died within the week at Treliske Hospital, Truro.
His ashes were interred, with his last wife, Celia, at Germoe Church.


The above may be of interest to any who knew or served with him.


 

Best regards to you all.

Chris Y.


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3 January 2012:

From:

From Association Chairman Gordon Smith

The Association has been informed of the passing of  Mr Alan Godfree member number 79.

Alan died suddenly on Dec 31 2011.

Al Godfree's funeral will take place on Friday 20/1/12 at 3 PM at the crematorium, Main St Willerby

 

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28 December 2011:

From:

From Association Chairman Gordon Smith

The Association has been informed of the passing of Mr Roy Watkins (Mem No 360) in Nov 2011

RIP Roy

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13 December 2011:

From:

Brian Ford

I have just heard today from Mrs Dorothy Hansford (Lofty's Wife) That Mr Walter Lee (Membership No 722) passed away in May.

RIP Walter.

 

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14 November 2011:

From:

From Association Chairman Gordon Smith

Ex- Association Membership Secretary John Hanley

I had a call from John's wife today to inform me that John has passed away. John was taken ill only recently, he stood down as membership secretary to the association just before the last reunion. Our thoughts are with his wife and family. I will pass on the funeral arrangements when I have them. Rest in peace John. God bless you.

Family announcement:

We regret to inform you that John Hanley passed away last night (13th November 2011). He had been suffering with cancer despite the fact his condition worsened at the beginning of the month and he died peacefully in hospital having been admitted 7 days ago.

You will be happy to hear that his final few days were full of joy and laughter and once his condition got worse he was in little pain and did not have to endure any suffering.

We are so sorry to have to bring you this sad news and hope to be able to speak to you about happier events the next time I write.

Mean while if you need any further information please do not hesitate to call


His wife Helen and children
01522 884054
helen.hanley43@virginmedia.com

 

Funeral arrangements:

Please click the link below for Memorial Service Invitation

 

 

From David Hanley:

A memorial site has been created in memory of John Hanley. You may visit the page by going to http://www.inlovingmemory.ie/sites/360/JohnHanleyreheat611 where you can read about John, share a memory, view a photo album, or light a candle.

 

The funeral service has been arranged for Friday 25th November 2011 @ 1.00PM at the Ss Peter and Paul's church


Ss Peter and Paul
2a Skellingthorpe Road
LINCOLN
LN6 7RB


Yours faithfully

 

David Hanley (son of John Hanley)

 

27 November 2011:

Dear friends and colleagues of John J Hanley,

I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude on behalf of John's family for the members and friends that attended his funeral on Friday 25th Nov 2011.

Having the standard and bearer was very much appreciated, thank you once again Alan Brooks.

My father was very passionate about his roll with the association, so much so, that he talked about it until he passed.

For you chaps that were not able to make it to Johns celebration of life after the funeral please raise a glass with me, "as the bar is now closed and time to go to bed"

RIP Dad

Kindest regards

David Hanley (eldest son of John J Hanley)

NB: for those of you that wanted copies of the photos shown on the day, please email me letting me know which ones you would like.

 

 

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12 November 2011:

From:

Richard Whiting

Just to inform you all of the very untimely passing of FF Ricky Maher. Rick served in the RAF Fire Service then onto the Defence Fire Service spending most of his time at RAF Lyneham then moved accross to Middle Wallop last September. No details reference his funeral as yet but I will try to keep you all informed so we can say goodbye to an old friend. Goodnight top man and God bless. A very sad day indeed.

 

Funeral arrangements:


Riks Maher funeral is at St Andrews church, Chippenham, Wiltshire, Friday 18th November 2011, at 13:30 Hrs, then at Chippenham cemetary, London Road, for the internment. Followed by the Gladstone pub for a few beers for the blighter. If you know Rik as well as I do he will enjoy the last stop the best. :-)

 

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23 September 2011:

From:

Gary Hatchell

The Association has been informed of the passing of Ron Hoddle, who sadly passed away on the 23/Sept.  He was x-Raf and MOD Fireman and C/F/O at Aldermaston.

Funeral arrangements:


Funeral Service will be held at Kettering Cremitoriam. Eastlodge, Roftwell Road, Kettering NN16 8XE.
On the Frid 30/09/2011 at 1415hrs our sympathies go out to his family.
Any enquiries please contact George Charman.
g.charman@btopenworld.com

 

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 4 September 2011:

From:

Charlie Fleeting

Robert Fleeting

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing of SAC Robert Fleeting, a serving RAF Fireman at RAF Benson. Sadly missed by family and friends.

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3 September 2011:

From:

Gordon Smith

It is with deep regrets that I have to inform you of the passing of Pete Bolland, PB as he was known to us who served with him at RAF Coningsby Fire Section, a top man, a good friend who enjoyed the odd pint of beer, people like Pete are few and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. God bless you Pete for all the good times.

Funeral arrangements:

The funeral for ex RAF Fire Service Cpl Pete Bolland will take place on Friday the 16 September at Mansfield Crematorium at 15.15 hrs. No flowers has been requested by the family. Pete passed away in the early hours of Saturday the 3rd. I served with Pete at RAF Coningsby, Pete also served at RAF Cranwell, RAF Bawdsey Manor and in Germany. Any RAF Firefighters who remember Pete please if you can attend to pay your respects to a great fellow firefighter. God bless you Pete.

 

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27 May 2011:

From:

Pat Mulready

Sadly I must inform you of the passing of Toni Smith, Member 122. Toni has been living in Thailand for some years and although I have corresponded with him over the years, have only just heard of his death last March.
 
Toni was a long serving member of the Royal Air Force Fire Service and completed his service as a Flight sergeant.

 

From Gordon Smith:

The Association has been informed of the death of ex Flt Sgt Tony Smith, Tony died last March, he had lived for a number of years in Thailand. Tony was my Flt Sgt when I was on the Catterick Fire School hanger support staff, upon leaving the RAF Fire Service he was for a number of years the Fire Safety Officer at the London Coliseum where I used to call in and see him if I was ever in London. Here's to you Tony
 
 
Yours
 
Gordon Smith
Chairman

 

 

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9 April 2011:

From:

Brian Ford

I Have just heard from Ron Brown that EX WO "Smoky" Fairhurst passed away last week. Sadly, I have no details of funeral arrangements etc.



Smoky was a much liked and well respected Fireman - truly one of the old school. Many of us had reasons to be grateful to him. He was a flamboyant character with a tremendous sense of humour. I for one will miss those "mutton chops" at the reunions.
 

Read Smokies memories of Service life:

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24 March 2011:

From:

Brian Ford

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing of WO Ron SHEARN on Thursday 17th March. no details of his funeral are available yet but will be passed on as soon as I have them.

"Gentleman" Ron Shearn was a much respected fireman and I know that many of those who knew him will treat his passing with the same sadness that i feel.

Thanks Ron

 

Received 27 March: - I have been informed that Mr Ron Shearn's Funeral will take place at 10.30 on Thursday 31st March at St Annes Church Catterick


Brian


 

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10 March 2011:

From:

Bob Goldup

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that we have been notified of the passing of  David Hibbert.

 David served in the Royal Air Force Fire & Rescue Service until 1980, attaining the rank of Flt Sgt. He then joined the Air Force Department Fire Service at Stafford as a Fireman and went on to serve at Kemble, Wroughton, Chilmark, Devonport, Episkopi, and Quedgely during his career, attaining the rank of Station Officer before retiring in 1995.

 David's funeral will take place at 15.20 on 21st March at Shrewsbury Crematorium, London Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6PS and DFRMO personnel are welcome to attend.

Our thoughts are with David's wife Patricia and daughter at this sad time.

 

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10 February 2011:

From:

Brian Ford

I regret having to inform you that Damian Devine passed away in late January

Damian was not a member but I am sure he will be remembered with affection by those who knew him, as a real Fire Section “Character”, a real “Wild Rover”.

 

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31 January 2011:

From:

Ben Zaccardelli

It is with deep regret that of the  passing of our friend and comrade , ROY FRIEL, who passed away last night , 30 January, 2011, I for one will miss him at our reunions.  vaya con dios Roy

Funeral arrangements:  

On the 10th February. @12.45Hrs
A Service of Remberance is to be held in
Saint Pauls
 Roman Catholic Church in
 Doncaster,
 Post Code DN 4 6BT

 

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31 January 2011:

It is with regret that we inform you of the  passing of John Miller Mem No 802 on 25 Dec 2010

 

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27 December 2010:

From:

Tam McCrorie

With deep regret I have to announce the death of John "Dusty" Miller (Mem No 802) suddenly at home in Dereham on the 26th Dec 2010,sadly missed by family and friends.

 

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15 December 2010:

From:

Steve O'Shea

It is with sorrow that I have to announce the passing of Station Manager David Austin on December 9th after a short illness. Dave served at AWE Fire & Rescue Service for the last 20 years and will be sadly missed.

For more details contact steveoshy@aol.com
 

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15 December 2010:

From:

Tony Humphries

With deep regret I have to announce the death of Keith Spencer (ex RAF) suddenly at home on the 1st Dec 2010,sadly missed by family.

 

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15 December 2010:

From:

Anne Bennett

I must sadly inform you of the death, on the 12th Dec 2010, of my husband Basil Bennett. His membership number was 1004.

Baz is being cremated on Thursday Dec the 23rd at11.30 in the east chapel of Cambridge crematorium. Neither of us agreed with too much pomp, so it will be a quiet affair. No flowers apart from greenery from the garden, a Jamaican flag and his medals.

 

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14 December 2010:

From:

Howie Marson

Just heard today (14 Dec) that Les Chapman (ex-Gib, Upavon) has died. Funeral on 22 Dec 11.30 at Upavon Church. He was a lovable character.

 

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3 December  2010:

From:

Steve Pickett

 

George Reilly

Sadly I have to inform you that George passed away at the beginning of September this year, after a long illness with Dementia, he died peacefully.

 I know how proud he was of his time in the RAF & we used to share our RAF stories.

 At his funeral donations were made to the RAF Benevolent Fund instead of flowers, as we know he would of liked that.

 Could I ask that at the reunion that you make a toast to George in his memory.

 Thank you

 Steve Pickett  


 

 

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15 November  2010:

From:

Keith Penfold

It is with deep regret I inform you the passing of former Association member Mr John Arnold. Mr Arnold died on Sunday 14th November.   The funeral is to take place at Doncaster Crematorium  post code DN4 6NE at 12 noon on Thursday 25 November.  John is a former Association member and Vice Chairman till his resignation a few years ago.

 

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22 October  2010:

From:

John Goupillot

It is with regret I inform you the passing of Alec Bramley, member 913 ex WO and long serving  member of RAF Fire Service.

 

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21 October  2010:

From:

Nigel Smith

It is with regret I inform you the passing of Don Davies, thought to have suffered a heart attack whilst on holiday with his wife Anne in Cyprus.

Read an obituary to Don written by George Edwards

 

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20 October  2010:

It is with regret we inform you the passing of John Wilson member 390.

 

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2 October  2010:

From:

John White

It is with regret I inform you the passing of Jonathan Roberts. He was not a Association member.

 

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20 August 2010:

From:

John Young

It is with regret that my wife (Leslie) for 50 years passed away on 23 February of this year

  • From Steve Harrison:  Liz and I are sorry for your sad loss John, our thoughts are with you and our eldest son Lloyd remembers the Youth Club days with affection

 

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20 July 2010:

From:

Andy Thorpe

It is with very sad regret that we have to inform you that Alan Gordine who served in the RAF Fire service and also was serving in the defence fire service past away the other week.

His funeral will be taking place at St Marys church at 1330 on Friday the 23rd July 2010

 

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15 April 2010:

From:

Rosie Crouch

It is with very sad regret that we have to inform you of the death of Kenneth Stangoe who died on March 20th & was a W/O in the Fire Service, serving in Aden, Malta, Germany, Shetlands & all over the UK. He made many friends in his long service career & will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

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22 March 2010:

From:

Howard Harper (member 682)

Cambridgeshire co-ordinator

I have only just learnt of the death of TOM TURNER, ex RAF Fire Service, apparently he passed away towards the end of 2009.

He wasn't an Association member, he has no surviving family members, he was last based at RAF Oakington, prior to that at RAF Binbrook.

He served with me at Cambridge Airport on the fire section.

I would imagine there are some members who knew him

 

 

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18 January 2010:

4 January 2010

 

It is with sadness that we announce the passing Norman (Nobby) Bowden who joined the RAF about 1964 served for nine years and reached the rank of Cpl. During his time he served at Malta, Gan becoming a zodiac crewman and finally Bishops Court where he left the RAF and joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).  Nobby who attended reunions regularly will be sorely missed by all the family and particularly by his brother Ken as will all those who knew him at the Re-Unions. Nobby passed away on the 4th January 2010.

 

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30 December 2009:

It is with regret that we inform you of the  passing of Mr Dave "Taffy" Hutchinson on 30 October 2009

  

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24 September 2009:

It is with regret that we inform you of the  passing of Mr Jim Curry

 

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17 September 2009:

It is with regret that we inform you of the  passing of member No. 162 Mr Dennis John Sturmey-Dare

 

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30 June 2009:

 

It is with regret that we inform you of the following passings:

 

Member 816 Mr S Hitchcock (May 2009)
 
Ex Member (Resigned) 2003  No 55 Mr Bob (Jim) Clarke 12th June 2009

 

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13 June 2009:

 

It is with great regret that we announce the tragic death of Flight Sergeant Kevin Cook, IC RAF Odiham Fire Section, at his home in Kinloss on 10 June

 

8 June 2009:

 

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passings of  Mr Bill Knapman, Member 196, on 10 May, and Ex WO "Gentleman" Jim Crabtree, Member 275. 

 

Tom Epps

It is with regret that we announce the death on 15th January 2009 of Tom Epps

Roy Fox

It is with regret that we announce the death on 3rd January 2009 of Ron Fox.

John Habgood

It is with regret that we announce the death in earlyDecember 2008 of John Habgood

Peter John Stanway

Information just received Peter Stanway passed away on March 26th 2008

Allan Wright

Information just received, Allan Wright passed away in January 2008

Glyn Mills

It is with regret that we announce the death on 2nd May 2008 of member Glyn Mills

Ron Rideout

Information just received, Ron Rideout passed away in 2007

W.O. Jim Barron

It is with regret that we announce the death of WO Jim Barron  i/c Fire Section RAF Kinloss as the result of a road traffic accident. Funeral details will be published when known.

J.E.Burge. W.Briggs

It is with regret that we announce the death of the following members 18th October 2007 J.E.Burge and in 2007 W.Briggs.

Leonard Alan Way

It is with regret that we announce the death on 5th August 2007 of Leonard Alan Way

George Harley

It is with regret that we announce the death on 23rd March 2007 of George Harley

Tony Patrick Shiell

It is with regret that we announce the death of Tony Patrick Shiell

George Lamont

It is with regret that we announce the death on February 5th 2007 of George Lamont

Raymond Palmer Heaton

It is regret that we announce the death on October 21st 2006 of Ray Palmer Heaton

Frank Good

It is with regret that we announce the death in July 2006 of Frank Good.

John Taylor

It is with regret that we announce the death in July 2006 of John Taylor

Colin Edwards

It is with regret that we announce the recent death of Colin Edwards.

Kenneth King

It is with regret that we announce the death on the 25th June 2006 of Ken King.

Brian Whiting

It is with regret that we announce the death on 28th April 2006 of Brian Whiting

Basil Cotton

It is with regret that we announce the death on 10th April 2006 of Basil Cotton.

Bernard Murphy

It is with regret that we announce the death on Saturday 18th February 2006 of Bernard  ( Spud ) Murphy

John Charlesworth, Randolph Benson, Derek Thomas.

It is with regret that we announce the death of the following members. John Charlesworth, Randolph Benson and Derek Thomas.

Patrick Clarke

It is with regret that we announce the death of Patrick (Nobby) Clarke. Nobby was co-ordinator for Suffolk.

Alan Alsop

It is with great sadness that we announce that Alan Alsop passed away on Monday 4th July 2005 Alan was the first editor of "Flashpoint" the association magazine and had also been Secretary for two years. He will be missed by all his friends and colleagues.

Gary Passmore

It is with regret that we announce the death of Gary Passmore on March 11th 2005

Rab Dawson

It is with regret that we announce the death of Rab Dawson on December 24th 2004 Rab was co-ordinator for Scotland.

Alan Coop

It is with regret that we announce the death of Alan Coop on the weekend 23rd October 2004.

Ronald Adams

It is with regret that we announce the death of Ronald Adams on 9th August 2004

Jim Souter

It is with regret that we announce the death of Jim Souter on the 30th April 2004, Jim had been co-ordinator for the North of Scotland for several years.

John Arthur

It is with deep sadness that we announce that John Arthur passed away on Wednesday March 24th 2004. John was a founder member of the association and had been President from it's inception, He will be greatly missed not only by the committee but by all the members.

John Knight

It is with great sadness that we announce that John Knight passed away on Friday November 7th 2003. John was a founder member of the association and had been the treasurer from it's inception. He will be greatly missed not only by the committee but by all the members.

Ronald Russell

It is with sadness that we report the death of member Ronald Russell on September 28th 2003

James Jordan

It is with regret that we announce the recent death of member James Jordan

William Foster

It is with regret that we announce the recent death of member William Foster