Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals
I have just heard that former snowdrop Alan Shaw who was also a trustee with the RAFPA passed away last night after suffering a heart attack. My condolences go out to his wife Cynthia and family and may Alan rest in peace.
Sad to report that my Mother, formerly Sgt Nancy Stacey WAAF Police (1942-47) passed away this week. At 96 she kept all her memories and, like the majority of her generation, her 5 years Service stayed with her throughout her years. She, together with my Dad, Geoff Miller, were founder members of RAFA Branch in Wimborne, where she proudly became their President. I was very proud to follow her into the Trade and Branch where I served for 37 years.
Have just had a phone call to inform me that sadly former RAFP Dog Handler Alan Perrin has died. Alan and I shared a room together in Aden in 1966. At present I have no further details. RIP
It is with great
sadness that I have to announce the death of former
FS Frank Authers BEM at 8pm yesterday. Frank was 98 years old and
joined the RAF in August 1938. He served as a butcher and an aircraft
fitter during the war and remustered to the RAF Police after the
war. Frank's funeral will take place on Monday 24th September at Exeter
Crematorium, Topsham, Exeter EX2 6EU at 11:15 am. All are welcome
but no flowers or donations please.
Just received a message from John Strange: From John McNeil's daughter;
To all my dads close friends and
family it is with great sadness and heartbreaking news that he passed away on
Thursday 30th Aug.
The family are deeply devastated and we appreciate the kind words and wishes from everyone. RIP Dad I love you to the moon and back xxxxxxxx
Details of Dennis’s funeral Thursday 20 September at 1150 at Lincoln
After the service at Washingborough Hall, Lincoln LN4 1BE
Can you let me know if you are attending.
I have recently heard that Chris Parker (retired W/O CI) died a few days ago. He had a heart attack in St Ives, where he lived with his wife Jane, he died 4 days later and his funeral took place yesterday.
I worked with Jane in Vetting Wing in the mid 80s and some may remember Chris as a Flt Sgt in Survey Sqn, HQ RAF P&SS, at that time.
I’m sad to report that my old friend Dennis Harley passed away on the 23rd of
August. Dennis had been in failing health for a number of years but he had
deteriorated in the last several months. Dennis’s funeral service will be at 2pm
on the 4th September at South Shields Crematorium. Dennis and I served together
in Germany in the 70s and we remained firm friends. A good man in so many ways,
he will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
It is with great sadness that Jon Willoughby-Otter passed away 01 Aug 18.
His funeral will be held in Rotherham crematorium, Ridgeway, East Herringthorpe on 20 Aug 18 at 1030.
The family is asking all who attend wear red and white.
Any serving members can wear uniform
Paul Howsham sadly passed away on Sunday 5th August. As it stands there
is a church service at St Paul’s Church in Ashby on the 29/08/18 at 1315,
followed by a burial at Woodlands Crematorium and Cemetery.
I saw Jill Boss in Grantham this morning having not seen her or Dale for a number of years. I am not sure whether any of you were aware but it was sad to hear that Dale (WO Rtd) died form a heart attack 13 January 2011 in Glenfield Hospital Leicester. I have seen nothing on any of the RAFP Groups regarding his death. He was a true gentleman. RIP Dale Boss.
DEATH OF CYRIL HALES
It is with personal sadness that I must inform you of the death of Cyril Hales, a member of the Wiltshire Branch of the RAFPA. Cyril had major surgery several years ago, after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, but this year the cancer returned and was inoperable. He was 64 years of age.
Cyril joined the RAF in 1976 and he was serving as a Sgt SI, P&SS (Southern Region) at RAF Rudloe Manor, when, in 1989, he left to join Avon and Somerset Police. Cyril loved motorcycling and, after retirement from the Police, he became a volunteer 'Blood Biker', delivering emergency blood products, medicines and organs for donation, across the country.
There will be no funeral service, at Cyril's request, but his widow, Jane, hopes to arrange a get together later in the year, in his memory.
Saddened to report that Jonathan Willoughby died this morning (1/8/18) aged 45.
I have just had a very sad call from
Cathrine, Ivor Montell passed away this morning after spending two weeks in
Plymouth Hospital. He was 82. Ivor left Rudloe Manor as a Flight Sergeant 25
The picture was the last time we met for lunch. I joked with him about having completed computer security training he now had difficulty with an iPhone.
Will post details of his funeral when Cathrine has made arrangements.
I’ve just been informed that Ivor Montell‘s funeral is at Efford Crematorium in Plymouth next Tuesday 14 August at 12:15. Cemetery postcode is PL3 6NG.
We have become aware that former RAF Police NCO Alec George Baker, who served between 1952 and 1957, passed away on the 24 July 2018. Our condolences go out to the family for their loss and may Alec rest in peace.
Death of Leon (Leo) Victor Palmer... We have been advised that former RAF Police
NCO Leo Palmer died on Friday 7 June 2018. Leo’s funeral was held at the West
Suffolk Crematorium Bury St. Edmunds on Friday 6 July 2018.
Leo served in the RAF Police from 1953 to 1978 at numerous units. Our condolences go out to his family and may Leo rest in peace.
27/7/18from Nick Smith on Facebook
From Ken Needham on Facebook
I woke up this morning to a message from Brenda Walsh, saying that our old friend, from our Ceylon Days, Pat Walsh passed away yesterday evening.
Photo - Pat Walsh in Ceylon.
from Chris Neville on Facebook
I have just been informed by his father that Jon Hickson passed away this Friday 13th after a long 5 year battle with cancer.
Just to let those people on here that knew Jon Hickson's his funeral is an open service and his father has stated:
‘indeed, we shall be delighted for any of Jon's former RAF friends to attend and support us’.
The funeral is on the 3rd August at St. Denys Church, Ibstock, Leicestershire at 09:45hrs.
From Nicholas Ligertwood....Please could you include Mark Travis ex RAFP. Died 10 June 2018, Uedum, Germany
Death of David Giddings
I have received information that former RAFP David Giddings passed away on 17 June 2018.
David was an active member of the RAFP Association and was a former Secretary of the the Essex & Suffolk Branch. He was a stalwart supporter of the annual Cenotaph parade until ill-health forced him to slow down.
David's funeral is being held at Weeley Crematorium near Clacton on 9 July at 10h15.
Reported by Martin Uden on Facebook
Not so long ago l mentioned that Peter Haslam, a former RAF Police dog handler and Met Police Officer, was seriously ill. I have just been informed that Pete died last week. His funeral is this Saturday 0900 St Peters church Westcliff. 1100 Service of Thanks Giving, St Margarets Church, St Margarets Bay, Dover. Leaves wife Margaret. Was secretary of Dover Probus for many years. I will be attending. RIP old friend.
My Grandfather, RAF Police Sgt Ernest (aka Ernie) Sharman passed away on Monday.
After joining in 1953 he served in Northen Ireland in the mid 50s.
He served at RAF Cottesmore in early 1960s before posting to Rheidhalen until 1968.
He also served at RAF Wittering in the early 70s
Other Non UK postings were RAF Episkopi and Troodos in the late 50s.
It's a long shot but we just wanted to inform any friends or relatives of former colleagues at RAF Cottesmore of his passing.
The funeral (date tbc) will be held at Cottesmore church.
I crewed and partnered with ERNIE at Cottesmore in the 60s . QRA, SSA, Airfield,