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In Memory of Captain Gerry McGowan

Born … ?

Died … 2006

 

No information to date. 

 

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In Memory of Captain John Young

Born … 1st October 1932

Died … ?

 

Captain John Young was a very popular Captain. I didn't sail under his command but there are a quite a few mentions about him on this site and not a bad word from anyone.  

 

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Courtesy of Alan Mackenzie

These photo with Princess Dianna were taken on the 15th November 1984.

 

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I'm not sure which is better ... John Young meeting Princess Di or visa versa.

 

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This shows how he took everything in good humour.

 

While on the Sun Princess a special tribute was arranged for John just before he left the ship for the last time. The Channel 4 News team, lead by the very talented Colonel John Kling, compiled a magnificent 'This is Your Life' session and there's a set of photos from that event here.


You can see John's journey here.   
 

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog

 

 

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In Memory of Lita Roza

Born … 14th March 1926

Died … 14th August 2008

 

Lita Roza claimed to have inherited her musical talent from her Spanish-born father, Francis Vincent Roza, a marine engineer who played the piano in Liverpool clubs. She was born Lillian Patricia Roza in Liverpool in 1926, one of seven children, and was educated at Granby Street Council School. One of her classmates was the future Coronation Street actress Jean Alexander who played Hilda Ogden. 
 
The family were poor, but as a child she learnt the piano and accordion, and had aspirations to become a dancer. She worked in a factory at an early age to help to support the family but at 12 she saw an advert in a paper for juvenile dancers for a pantomime in Norwich. Without telling her parents, she applied and passed the audition. 
 
The epitome of 1950s glamorous big-band singers, Lita Roza was one of the most successful recording artists of her generation. Known as “the singer’s singer”, she made her name with the Ted Heath Band and remained in his star line-up alongside Dickie Valentine and Dennis Lotis until she left to pursue a solo career. 
 
She was voted by New Musical Express and Melody Maker readers as Britain’s top female vocalist of the Fifties, and her 1953 No 1 hit record How Much is that Doggie in the Window? made her the first British female singer to top the charts. 
 

 

Mike Page adds this information about Lita;

In 1970 she travelled from Southampton to Sydney entertaining the passengers before embarking on a tour of Oz. During this trip she had a rather stormy relationship with one of the engineers who shall remain nameless. There should still be a few Seadogs living that will remember this trip, but there are also a few that have recently departed, Dave Twining, Paddy Claire and 'Tas' Stuart that I know of. We all got to know her quite well. I thought she was a Londoner, but she was actually born in Liverpool. She must have moved to London at an early age as she had a strong London accent and lived in Battersea which is just down the river from me when I lived in Fulham. Anyway, I thought you might want add the fact that she had passed away, and had been employed by P&O. I know at least one Old Seadog who will be interested.
Mike, (Page) Vancouver BC.

 

Lita Roza, singer and ex Seadog died on August 14, 2008, aged 82.
 

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In Memory of Dennis Moore

Born …

Died … 23rd December 2008

 

Sadly, Neil Whitmore (aka Bob) has advised me of the following;

Some of the P&O engineers may remember Dennis Moore, Chief Laundryman. He sailed on a number of P&O ships and passed away last night at the age of 83. For a number of years he owned a house boat at Little Venice in London.

 

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Here's Dennis in his garden alongside his barge ' Lady Venice '.. 

 

I wonder which ship he souvenired that magnificent ship's bell from?

 

He left his body to medical science.
 

There will be a gathering of his friends to celebrate his life in May 2009 at Little Venice, London where he lived on his barge ' Lady Venice '. For more information contact Neil Whitmore. 
 

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

 

 

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In Memory of Roger Dobney

Born … ? 1958

Died … February 2008

 

Roger was a Radio Officer on Oriana.

 

Lynn Hurlstone (now Hart) writes;

Roger died last year age 50. I went out with Roger for a short while on the big O and then he met Amanda Sinnatt - his first wife. She and I are still in touch so could write something lovely between us - if you like. I've got a photo of him to scan and send you too. We still can't believe he isn't here anymore. And all the photos of him on the site are just as he was - always smiling, always happy. Such a lovely guy.
  

I had an email from Amanda in March 2008 to tell me Roger had very sadly died a couple of weeks before. 
 
He apparently had a heart attack in bed. An absolute tragedy. I have since met Amanda who told me he had had his first heart attack about 4 years ago. She said he was cremated in the US and his remains sprinkled around his pond - which is what he would have wanted. Roger chose to cut all ties with Amanda after his first heart attack and also with his family, only staying in contact with his Mum. 
 
He was very happy with his life in the US and had decided that is where he wanted to channel all his time. He started off living in Colorado, but moved to Oklahoma at the tail end of 2007. Amanda said he loved the US when they used to speak. He started off running a charity for disabled riders (perfect for his giving personality) and then Amanda thinks he got a job in Oklahoma. He didn't have a lady friend (as far as we know) and although he married once more after Amanda, it didn't work out. 
 
Amanda said he was undoubtedly one of the kindest, most gentle and most special people she ever had the honour to know and I have to say I agree. 
 
I met Roger onboard the Oriana in 1982. We dated for a short while - then remained friends. He met Amanda a year or so later and they married - living for a short while in Newbury. I'll have to ask Amanda to remind me of the details - but she has now remarried, with children and lives in France so doesn't always have much time! When they broke up I lost touch with Roger - but I know that he and Amanda stayed in touch. 
 
I was shattered when I heard - as was Amanda - he was simply one of the nicest people in the world... with the cheekiest of grins. Roger had a heart of gold and the world is a sadder place without him. We were all so young and carefree in those days with our lives ahead of us. I am so glad we had that time at sea and those experiences. It is lovely to see the photos of Roger, young, happy and grinning from ear to ear. He enjoyed a great life at sea - as did we all!!
 

  

Mandy Gardiner (nee Dobney) writes;

I am Roger's sister, Mandy. Contrary to what other comments say Rog kept in touch with all his family. He moved to the US because my older sister was living in Colorado and his marriage had broken up. He became involved in running the Ranch called The Carousel which helped disabled children learn to ride horses. 

 

He had a stent put in his artery when he was 45 years old. He continued working hard on the Ranch until it was disbanded due to lack of funding (survived solely on donations). His big love was horses and his dog Boris. Rog moved to Oklahoma where he bought a modest house with a bit of land and a lake. His plan, we think, was to eventually move his horses out there. He lived alone with Boris. He worked in Oklahoma. Rog died unexpectedly in Feb 2008 of heart failure at 50 years of age. A terrible loss.

 

Roger was a lovely, kind person. He never argued and always had a smile and a joke. He had a lot of very close friends who all miss him terribly. We miss him every day. He loved his time with P&O and made a lot of very good friends on board ship. He loved to travel - I have his passport and log book and hundreds of photos taken on his travels.

 

Your website brings my family a lot of comfort to be able to look at the pictures and see what a good time he had. Thank you.

 

Kind regard

Mandy Gardiner (nee Dobney)

 

Mum - Sheila Dobney.
Dad - Thomas Dobney (deceased and also youngest RAF pilot to get his wings at 15 yrs).
Sisters - Suzanne Prince (nee Dobney) Mandy Gardiner (nee Dobney) Barbara Dobney.
Brother - Peter Dobney.

 

Roger was born at home in Hastings. 

 

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

 

 

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In Memory of Mike Robbins

Born … ? 

Died … 16th February 2009

 

This is a real shock as only recently I received this wonderful photo below and when I posted it in the reunion section on the 22nd February Mike had already passed away.

 

 

Dave Whitehand (aka Blackfoot) was equally as shocked when he opened his local newspaper and saw the following article all self explanatory;

 

 

 

 

I'm a bit stunned actually and can't think of what to say now ... other than live for the moment people!

 

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of George Overrill

Born … 4th March 1926 

Died … 1991

 

George's son Tom writes;

George Thomas Overrill, born Maidstone, Kent on 4th March 1926. Called to the Royal Navy on 4th March 1944 and served as a cook on HMS Duke of York and served in the Pacific under Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser. He saw action in Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns and sustained air fuel burns to his back and neck in a Kamikaze attack. He spent 2 years in hospital and convalescence in Fremantle, Australia which entitled him to membership of the Australian RSL. Later while on shore leave in Australia he was a regular at the local RSL Clubs. He returned to the UK in 1948 and was demobbed.
  
He worked in NHS hospitals as a chef but wanted to go back to sea, so he did night classes to get more catering qualifications. He joined the Merchant Navy on 25th April 1953. His discharge book number was R587237. After a 2 week coasting trip (ship stamp illegible) he joined HMS Rangitoto as 3rd cook and made 3 trips 1953 to 1954. He did 1 trip on Hinakura (less than 2 weeks), 1 trip on MV Hurunui before joining SS Aden as Chief Ship's Cook (2 trips in 1956). The gap in 1955 is probably for my birth.

 

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On 17th December 1956 he joined SS Chusan as 3rd cook, promoted to 2nd Cook 27th May 1958 (11 trips to September 1959). 1 trip on SS Strathaird, then joined SS Himalaya on 27th May 1960 as 2nd Cook (26 trips to July 1967). The photo below is George cooking steaks in the Himalaya galley in the mid 60's. 

 

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He did 2 trips on SS Oriana (1 as 2nd Cook and 1 as Ship's Cook) 1967-68, then 3 trips on SS Oronsay 1968 to 1969. Then he had his first heart attack. He didn't feel up to the demands of ocean liners so he left the P&O and spent 3 years with Tate & Lyle on Caribbean runs. He left the Merchant Navy in 1972 and became Head Cook and then Catering Manager with Mid Kent Hospitals. He retired in 1986 and died in 1991.

 

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George's son Tom would be very interested to hear from anyone who might remember George and he can be contacted at the following email address thermosoverfil@hotmail.com

 

When Tom was 16 his dad enquired about a P&O cadetship for him but his mum vetoed the idea and he ended up as a solicitor. 

   

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

   

   

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In Memory of Bill Overrill

Born … 14th February 1927 

Died … ?

 

Bill's Nephew Tom Overrill writes;

I don't know much about Uncle Bill. William Stephen Overrill, was born in Maidstone Kent, 14th February 1927. He did his National Service with the Royal West Kent Regiment 1945-47. He missed active service but was in the Army of Occupation in Germany. He returned to Kent and worked as a cooper at one of the Kent breweries. He was close to my Dad (George) and inspired by his stories of sea life joined P&O as a Steward. I know less about his career. I know he wasn't allowed to serve on the same ships as Dad and in the 1960s he joined the Union Castle Line for many years. I don't have his service records, but he was a keen photographer and I have hundreds of photos on board and places he visited (and women! - he never married). Unfortunately these are not catalogued. A couple of interesting ones look like footballers Jimmy Greaves and Johnny Haynes relaxing on deck, possibly a Football Association tour to Australia in the early 60s.

 

A great selection of Bill's can be seen here in Bill's Memories. 

    

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

   

   

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In Memory of Paul Gedge

Born … 21st June 1953 

Died … 5th May 2009

 

David Colclough, General Manager, Fleet Personnel (Princess Cruises);

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Staff Engineer Officer Paul Gedge. Paul passed away peacefully in hospital on Friday 5th May, following a brief battle with cancer. 

 

Paul joined P&O S.N. Co in 1971; where he completed his cadetship and served in the cargo division until 1980, before transferring to the Passenger Division. Paul's first passenger ship was the original Pacific Princess, and he went on to serve in PP and her sister ship IP for the majority of his appointments, before being seconded to Monfalcone for the Ocean Princess build program in 1999. His last appointment was to Dawn Princess, from which he disembarked on medical grounds in January this year. During his long career with the company, Paul also served in Canberra & Victoria, together with Sky, Sea, Grand, Tahitian and the new Pacific Princess.
 
A floral wreath has been sent to the family on behalf of Princess Cruises by the Southampton Office. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this most difficult time. Funeral arrangements have not yet been decided, but I will provide details later in the week after speaking with Paul's mother again.

 

Further to my note earlier this week, I have spoken with Mrs Gedge (Paul's
mother) again today; who asked me to pass her sincere thanks to all who
have sent Emails and messages of condolence at this sad time.

 
The funeral will take place 1015am, Thursday 21st May at:
St Faith Crematorium
75 Manor Road
Horsham St Faith
Norwich NR10 3LF
 
Flowers to:
Arthur Jary & Sons
Funeral Directors
213-214 Northgate Street
Great Yarmouth NR30 1DH
 
Mrs Gedge may also be contacted by Email at: egedge@tiscali.co.uk
     

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In Memory of Mike Whicker

Born … ? 

Died … 10th May 2009

  

Mike Hawkesworth advised the following;

Mike Whicker was a Purser with the Company who was present at the very recent pensioners' luncheon at Southampton and had a great time. Then on the 4th May Mike went into hospital, privately, for a planned heart operation. He came through the op well and was going along very nicely then all of a sudden he was rushed back to the operating theatre - something wrong in his stomach by all accounts, and died. Mike was a smashing bloke and a great pal to many.

      

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In Memory of Alan (Jell) Cutter

Born … 15 July 1948 

Died … 11 June 2009

   

Ken Worsfold advised the following;

I had a call from Caroline Cutter to say her husband Alan (Jell ) died last week. His funeral is Monday 15th June. He died from lung cancer but didn't tell anyone he was ill including his sister!!!
 

Ken attended the funeral and kindly confirmed Alan's dates. 

       

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In Memory of John R Hughes

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Born … 19th June 1939 

Died … 23rd June 2009

    

Mike Hawkesworth advised the following;

He was not listed as a Seadog but I have just heard that John R Hughes, DP who left about 1972 has just died leaving a wife Marian who was a Social Hostess at sea.

        

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In Memory of Roger Marshall

Born … 14 February 1940 

Died … 27 August 2009

    

Roger Villiers advised the following;

As you are probably aware, Roger Marshall, an Engineer Officer with the then P&O and BI suffered a severe stroke over a year ago. After a very frustrating year (For Roger) in a nursing home and being totally dependent on others to look after him Roger passed away at about 08.30am on Thursday 27th August 2009. Roger, as all who knew and worked with him will understand, thrived on being independent and self reliant. His confinement due to the loss of his ability to stand, walk or even talk inevitably took its toll and he gradually lost interest in his surroundings. He died peacefully in his sleep, and will, I am sure, be happier now the frustrations and indignities of his latter days are at an end. The funeral will be held at Bournemouth Crematorium on 21st September 2009 at 12.30 pm. (This will be a ‘Humanist’ service as Roger was not a religious person.)

 

Mark Sawyer passes on his condolences and asks if anyone knows if Roger sailed on the Canberra circa early 70's?

 

David 'Dai' Thomas adds;

It is very sad news indeed. Roger was a great guy who was one in a million . I am sure there are many many tales around the world about him and it would be a fine gesture if we all got our stories together and posted them under his name on this site.

 

Jim Lakin adds;

Another legend lost, may he rest in peace.

 

Mike Jack adds;

I had the pleasure of sailing with Roger when he was J2 on the Uganda in 1974, I was a Cadet at the time, I can vividly recall his mannerisms, his pipe, bushy beard, and accordion which would come out when the "Allsopps" flowed after watch! He was an enthusiastic beachcomber and loved just trawling the beach at low tide for anything that took his fancy. A true character and for those that new him, sadly missed. 

 

Willie Henry adds;

I'm really sorry to hear the news about Roger. I only sailed with him briefly on Uganda but I do remember getting dragged into his cabin for a "wee glass of sherry" at 8am on a Sunday morning. 

 

Dave Oakes adds;

Roger was a character of note as well as a brilliant engineer. He lived for engineering and delighted in solving unsolvable problems. I had the privilege of sailing with him on the Uganda and enjoyed his enthusiasm for life. He will be remembered by many.

 

Cliff Matthews adds;

Sad news to hear of the death of Roger Marshall. Not easily forgotten, rest assured he was not the man with whom to go for a walk with in St Kilda. On a Uganda National Trust cruise circa 1979, Roger summoned myself and a couple of other cadets with the suggestion… right you ‘chaps’ we’re off for a ‘little toddle’. 2 hrs and 9 miles forced march later, this ‘little toddle’ ended with being summoned for a ‘peg’ in Roger’s cabin. There is however a rumour, possibly unfounded, that on a similar jaunt he met his match in engineer cadet John Christie, an equally fast walker, a little leaner in stature, but with a Roger-like capacity for the liquid of Lucifer.

 
Other endearing qualities of Roger were (evidenced by the fact that you don’t forget them, even after 30 years) were;

  1. The seismic thumping of the typewriter on standby... anybody know what he was typing?

  2. The reference to all cadets, and many other people as ‘chaps’ (I think that’s what it was… see Dave Kirchin for confirmation).

  3. The rapid scratching of the beard.

  4. The 50mph walking speed though the engine room… you were expected to follow… and keep up.

  5. The legendary manic accordion playing.

  6. His high level of respect for company management… (oops, sorry, that was someone else).

  7. The night he said something rather undiplomatic to Mastermind’s Magnus Magnusson, and his lady consort (see point 2 above).

  8. Roger’s seminal reinterpretation of the Oxford English dictionary in redefining the word ‘Peg’ as being not singular , but plural… see extract below;

Oxford English Dictionary definition... pp 657
‘Peg’… a large number (possibly up to 10 but not less than 6) of government-guideline-busting Scotch Whisky measures... poured straight out, rather than by Optic, consumed over approx 1 hour prior to engine room standbys, 1952 vintage turbine overhauls, Captain’s cocktails or other cruise-ship related activities.
 
Oxford English Dictionary definition... pp 985
‘Chap’… an engineer cadet of lowly standing who fails to indulge in a ‘peg’… also applies to various other people who failed to impress the late Roger Marshall (including the late Magnus Magnusson)
   
Ah yes… a one-off.
  

RIP Roger Marshall... Cliff Matthews Ex Eng Cadet SS Uganda 1979

  

A finer man never to stand beside the finest beer!

 

Our deepest sympathies go to Roger's family and friends. It must have been a very difficult and trying time over the last year or so and an absolutely terrible ordeal for Roger himself. I'm sure he's up there 'having a peg or two' as we speak and I for one am joining him. Life's short, do what you love to while you can! 

 

Roger's Funeral

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Roger’s coffin arrived at the crematorium in a Land Rover and a more fitting form of transport is hard to imagine.

 

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The service that followed was both dignified and essentially quite simple. Readings were given that allowed Roger’s personality to come through and music played that reflected his life of always doing things ‘His Way’.

 

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After the service, a gathering of his family and friends was held at his sister's house in Barton-on-Sea, where we had the opportunity to recall and toast Roger’s life and generous and unique personality. He, as I am sure all will agree, left an impression on each of us and will be greatly missed by all that really knew him. 

  

The Seadog contingent!

 

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A group of us met up in the evening for a meal and reflection. A copy of the menu is attached.

 

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Paul Carney recalls;

Here's Roger Marshall as S2EO on Uganda in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands early 1983 - we were taking a lifeboat ashore on "test".

      

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

    

   

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In Memory of Dave Bonnet

Born … ? 

Died … ?

 

No information about Dave as yet.    

         

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In Memory of Lyn Walker (later Traverso)

Born … ? 

Died … ?

 

Jim Ross writes;

I was recently informed by Mandy Bishop (Now Montague) that Lyn the PRS in my Princess movies was Lyn Walker. She married Pino Traverso (Ch. Steward) and travelled as a 'wife'. Mandy informed me that Lyn died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage some four or five years ago.    

         

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In Memory of Bob Attwood

Born …  

Died … 26th September 2009

 

Dave Traynor writes;

Bob Attwood (aka Hollywood Baker) sadly passed away on Saturday. Bob was 1st Baker on Arcadia & Sea Princess.

 

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Seadogs attending Bob's funeral

Dave Traynor has kindly sent in this photo with the following names;

L-R:

Dave Traynor, Jimmy Allen (Coxswain), Carol Keane (Bars), Alan Bacon, Paul Kotowski (Bars now living in Aus), Allan Rogers (Bars).

           

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In Memory of Tony Boxall

Born … 6th October 1929 

Died … 5th October 2009

  

David Saunders writes;

It was very sad to read of Tony’s passing. I'd heard at the recent P&O reunion in Oxford that he was very poorly so the news was not a great surprise, but still very sad none-the-less. I've spoken to his wife Maggie (ex Telephonist) this evening and she's given me the funeral arrangements and any Seadog wishing to attend will be most welcome.
 

Below is a transcript of the death notice in the local Suffolk newspaper;

 

Boxall – Richard Anthony (Tony). After a short illness died peacefully at Patrick Stead Hospital, Halesworth, on 5 October, aged 80 years. Husband to Maggie, father to Sarah, David and Richard, father-in-law to Stephen and Kirstie and grandad to Jack, Lucy and Adam. The service is to be held at St Margaret of Antioch Church, Linstead, on Wednesday, October 21, at 2.00pm. Family flowers only but donations if desired to RNLI may be sent c/o Woolnough’s Funeral Service, The Cemetery Chapels, Holton Road, Halesworth, IP19 8HD. It was Tony’s wish that only bright clothing to be worn.

 

Linstead Parva is a very small village on the B1123 about 5 miles west of Halesworth in Suffolk. I've found a weblink to the church:
  

www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/linsteadparva.htm

 

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David Saunders has kindly sent in the cover of the order of service for Tony’s funeral and adds;

The small country church was full with standing room only. It was mainly his family and friends with about half a dozen Seadogs. Derek Houghton (Accom DP) gave an address about Tony’s time at sea and Tony’s daughter, Sarah, gave a very moving and at times light-hearted address on behalf of the family.

 

It's also very sad to note that Tony passed away just one day before his 80th Birthday!

           

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

    

   

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In Memory of Trevor Friday

Born … ? 

Died … ?

 

Ron Sheldon advises;

Trevor Friday (who I worked with on Orsova & Himalaya in the 60's) passed away about 20 years ago in Sittingbourne, Kent. I would guess he was only in his early 50's! I gather that he went on to greater things as head chef on Oriana!

           

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In Memory of Judith Smyth

Born … ? 

Died … 26 October 2009

 

Mike Hawkesworth advised me on the day of Judy's passing. All I can tell you is that Judy died of Cancer. We have no further details at this time.

 

Susan Jones writes;

Very sad indeed, although she had stopped eating two weeks ago when I visited her and was ready to go. Apparently she hadn't been able to recognise visitors for a while. I think I got there just in time. She doesn't want a funeral but does want people to gather for a wake.

 

 

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Judy's family and friends at this very sad time. 

            

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In Memory of John Fields

 

 

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Born … 1916 

Died … 25 October 2009

 

Derek Warmington writes;

I have learnt that John Fields passed away last Sunday at the age of 93. John was originally in the Orient Line Shops Department, but was Dock Operations Supervisor for the Hotel Services Department of P&O Cruises for several years up to his retirement. Funeral arrangements are not yet known. 

          

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In Memory of Lionel Brown

 

 

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Born … ? 

Died … 26 October 2009

 

Derek Warmington writes;

Those of you who saw Lionel so recently at the Oxford Reunion will be shocked to learn that he passed away last Monday after collapsing on Sunday. Lionel and his wife, Glenis (Williams), were both Assistant Pursers with Orient Line and P&O in the 1960’s.

 

The funeral will be at Lancaster Crematorium on Thursday 5 November at 1445. 

     

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In Memory of Jon Barwick

Born … 1956 

Died … 26 October 2008

  

Pauline Miller (now Scott) has advised of this tragedy. 

  

Jon was just 52.

       

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In Memory of Brian Hockey

 

Born … ? 

Died … ?

 

Pauline Miller (now Scott) writes;

Brian Hockey died some years ago, I haven't the exact date but I can find out.

 

Harbo adds;

I'm saddened to hear of Brian's passing. We sailed together on the old Pacific Princess and were there together in 1984 when the ship was chartered by Southland Corporation for the LA Olympics. The agent had set Brian up with a couple of tickets and a car, but as he didn't fancy driving in the States, he was looking for a volunteer to take him. As I had already been to one event, I asked my guys if they would like to go and they opted out. I then said that I would take him. We got out to the car and it was a monster. Brian's heart must have been in his mouth, when I hit the kerb at the first bend, but once we negotiated the rest of San Pedro terminal, there was no more excitement. We arrived at the stadium and were fortunate enough to see the likes of Daley Thompson, Sebastian Coe, Steve Cram and Steve Ovett but my everlasting memory will be, the medal presentation for the 10k walk, won by a Mexican. As you can imagine there is a large Mexican contingent in LA, but one in particular was stood right behind us and when the band struck up the national anthem, he was stood with hand on heart belting it out and the tears in full flow (he was well out of tune, but he didn't care, he was the happiest man in the world). I have to say I got a little bit choked up myself, watching him.
     

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In Memory of Mike Jones

 

Born … ? 

Died … 2008

 

Mike Jones was an entertainer on Oriana and played guitar and vocals for a group called 'The Settlers'. The only female vocalist, Cindy Kent, now Revd Cindy Kent advises me that sadly Mike died last year of throat Cancer.

     

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In Memory of Brendon O'Donoghue

 

Born … 13 April 1950 

Died … 14 October 1980

 

Mark Proctor writes;

Brendon O'Donoghue was a good friend whom I had the pleasure to sail with on the old Arcadia. I've stayed in contact with his sister over the years and she told me he died in a motorcycle crash in October 1980. Their brother also died in the same crash.

 

What a terrible and tragic waste of life. 

      

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In Memory of Billy Hall (Burgers)

 

Born … ?

Died … ?

 

No Information yet.

       

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In Memory of Howie Poole

 

Born … 1951

Died … 17th June 2003

 

Howie sadly passed away in 2004 with a brain tumour and has kindly scanned the following church service record that he managed to attend. Dave still exchanges Christmas cards with Howie's widow Sandra who is doing OK.

 

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Howie

 

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In Memory of Brian Cowlen

 

Born … ?

Died … ?? October 2009

 

Dave Traynor received this information from Brian's fellow writer Ken Lambourne;

Sorry to have to inform you that Brian Cowlen who was Writer with me onboard Canberra died in Oct 09. His sister left me a message on my answer phone when I was away in Tunisia. He had emailed me in the last two years saying that he had been in hospital quite a lot with sudden onset of anaemia. He had a rare blood group and they could not give him any transfusions, just pills to try make more blood. Although I never saw him in person since Nov 1986, we phoned occasionally and sent Birthday and Christmas Cards. I shall miss him! 

 

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

     

   

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In Memory of Jane Sandy (now Knight)

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Born … ?

Died … 30th December 2009

 

Will Reay writes;

Just to inform you that Jane Sandy (now Knight) WAP on Strathaird, Stratheden & Himalaya passed away in December 2009. I received this information from Mike Wilson, Deputy Chairman of the RSA Aldershot Branch;

 

Dear Mr Reay,

I very much regret that I have to report that Jane passed away on 30th December in St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead. I am sorry that we were not able to let you know earlier. Her death was published in the local Maidenhead paper and nationally in the Daily Telegraph.

She had a fall at home on the 14th of November and was admitted to hospital. I think it safe to say that the result of the fall was not too serious, although it did require an operation to repair damage to her hip, but the hospital staff noticed how thin she was and the yellow colour of her skin. As a result they would not release her until further tests were done and those test revealed major problems with her pancreas

Jane had a splendid send off with a well attended service in the Royal Garrison Church in Aldershot, complete with bugler sounding the Last Post and Reveille, and four military standard bearers. She is buried in the Aldershot Military cemetery. I have attached a copy of the tribute which was both composed and read by Brigadier Noel Moss, President of the Aldershot Branch of the Royal Signals Association. Jane was Vice President after some 20 years as member and committee member of the Branch. The Tribute was a splendid bit of research and revealed much of Jane's amazing life of which we were not previously aware.

I am very sorry to be the bearer of such sad news and I hope it is not too upsetting for you. Do let me know if there is any further information you require or if I can help in any other way.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Wilson

  

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In Memory of Barry Jones

  

  

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Born … ?

Died … February 2010

  

Andrew Fordred was trying to find his old buddy, Barry Jones, and sadly found out from Barry's sister that he'd passed away just the week previously of Cancer.

  

Barry was Head Steward on the Sea Princess 1982/1983.

  

I have the mobile phone number for Barry's sister in the UK if anyone who knew Barry would like to make contact to pay respects.

     

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In Memory of Jeremy Meyrick

  

Born … 1939

Died … 24 February 2005

   

Richard Reubin writes; 

At a P&O Medical Society (POMS) lunch in January 2010 I met Purser Jeremy Meyrick's widow who told me he died of lung cancer in 2005. He was a much loved colourful character who I'm sure will be mourned by many who knew him.

     

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In Memory of Bob MacGilvary

  

Born … ?

Died … ?

   

Glen Cunningham writes;

My story about my late great friend Bob MacGilvary:

I met Bob at Gatwick airport along with Bert McAughtrie and we were seated together on a charter flight to join the Arcadia in San Francisco in June 1973. The first thing Bert and I thought of Bob was how immaculately dressed he was. He had a great sense of humour and always had me in stiches when on watch or on decks together. One time I was on standby on the starboard throttles and we got full astern on both engines but we only had 2 boilers on and the steam pressure was going down fast. John Howell, Chief Engineer, sent me through to the boiler room to ask Bob "where is the steam ?", "tell the Chief I am being mean with the steam" said Bob. So I did and he and Bob did not get on after that. Bob sailed on Oriana and Oronsay and I am sure many engineers would remember him. Bob and I were great friends ashore in Scotland as we did not live to far from each other and we had some great nights out in Glasgow especially. Bob and I had arranged in 1977 to take local leave in Australia he being on the Oriana and me on the Arcadia. Both ships met in Suva and we were invited to the Big O for a BBQ lunch. Bob told me he had trouble with his plumbing and would have to call off our holiday and go back home to Scotland for treatment. Bob got as far as Heathrow and went straight to Greenwich Naval Hospital where he was diagnosed with cancer. When I got home I went to London to see him and spent the whole day with him. He had not lost his sense of humour and was quietly confident of getting through the treatment. I called in to see Charlie Hill at his home in Derby on the way home and Ken Hewitt found me there and asked me to return to Arcadia urgently to put a gearbox back together. Whilst on watch with John Farmery a telegram arrived from my Dad telling me of Bob's passing which left me gutted but Terry Bartholomew took me under his wing and after a few G&Ts I felt better. Dave Ferguson, Brendon O'Donaghue and I organised a wreath with a purple ribbon from all the engineers on the Arcadia for Bob's funeral. Rest In Peace Bob.

          

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In Memory of Jack Ormiston

  

Born … ?

Died … 15th March 2010

      

Michael Ormiston (Jack's son) writes;

Dear Friends, It is with great sadness that I am writing this note as it is to let you know that my father, Jack Ormiston passed away on Monday evening. After being diagnosed with cancer at the turn of the year his health deteriorated rapidly and sadly we lost him just days after starting his treatment. As you know my dad was immensely proud of being a merchant seaman and so enjoyed the special bond that he shared with you all. He sailed on many ships during the 70's, Nottingham, Whakatane, Tekoa and the Oriana (73-75). 

   

The funeral will be held next Wednesday 24th March at 1pm at Holy Cross Church, Carrington Ave, Cottingham, East Yorkshire followed by a cremation at Haltemprice Crematorium. Donations to R.N.L.I. 

   

A couple of the people he spoke about often are Ken Worsfold and Butch Charlesworth.

           

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In Memory of Malcolm Pearce

  

Born … ?

Died … ?

  

Ron Sheldon advises of Malcolm's passing but we have no details at present.      

            

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In Memory of Tony Pearson Fox

  

Born … 1943

Died … 19th March 2008

  

Step-Daughter, Carol Ashworth writes;

My darling dad, Anthony Pearson Fox, known to good friends as Tony passed away on the 19th March 2008, aged 65, from cancer.

 

Taken way too early!

 

Our deepest sympathies go to all Tony's family and friends.

            

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In Memory of Michael Wallace

  

Born … ?

Died … May 2010

  

Dave Traynor sent the following information;

Phil Butcher posted this on Facebook this week;

Michael (Nelly) Wallace, for those who know Michael he sadly passed away today in hospital in Christchurch Dorset, Michael worked on P&O and Princess ships for many years in the late 60s to 1986 and was a well respected and loveable person. He was 67.

             

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In Memory of Dickie Harries

  

Born … ?

Died … pre 1995

  

Mike Hawkesworth writes;

Dickie Harries, Purser, died at least 15 years ago! 

               

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

     

   

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In Memory of Mike Larvin

  

Born … ?

Died … 18 April 2010

  

Jeannie Applegate Nemeth writes;

I just received word from Mike Larvin's sister in law, Debbie Davidson, that Mike passed away April 18 of cancer. His wife Angie is having a tough time, they were always together. He was a great Assistant Cruise Director and a great person.
  

  

Our sincere thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Mike's wife Angie and all his family and friends at this terrible time. 

                  

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In Memory of Keith Fiddling

  

Born … ?

Died … 23 June 2010

  

Graham Stephens writes;

Sadly another one of us gone. Keith Fiddling (Electrical Officer) passed away last week. Keith did his first trip with me on the Himalaya, which would have been in 1967. Living in Brisbane, Keith was a determined Yorkshireman who worked for P&O at sea and ashore. A character. He leaves a wife and two children.

  

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Above is the front of the funeral order of service kindly sent in by Rob Coombes.

  

Our sincere thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Keith's wife, children and all his family and friends at this terrible time. 

                  

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In Memory of Bob Jenkins

  

Born … ?

Died … 9th June 2010

   

Ian Smith writes;

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Bob Jenkins. Bob sailed as an Electrical Officer on ss Oriana from 1966 until the end of 1967. He was a great bloke and got on with everyone. Bob's wife Chris, died a few years ago and I'm sure he died of a broken heart. 

  

   

Our sincere thoughts and deepest sympathies go to all Bob's family and friends at this terrible time. 

                      

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In Memory of John Sumner

Born … ?

Died … 3rd July 2010

   

Dave Traynor writes;

I was informed by Melvyn Vinall earlier this week that sadly John Sumner (aka The Duchess) died on 3rd July we believe from a heart attack. John worked as a Public Room Steward on Sea Princess and other P&O Ships and was a great guy who will be sadly missed.

   

  

Our sincere thoughts and deepest sympathies go to John's family and friends at this terrible time. 

                  

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In Memory of Jane Griffiths

  

Born … ?

Died … 1984

  

Jane Griffiths was a WAP on Oriana up to 1978, she became Mrs Ian Walters in 1981 but tragically passed away in 1984, way too early.  

                     

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In Memory of Chris Wicks

  

  

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Born … ?

Died … ?

  

Aneurin Griffith writes;

Chris was Third Engineer on the Oronsay, I don't know for how long, but he was on the scrap run, after which he returned to Australia. He was living somewhere not far from Sydney and used to visit Jell Cutter and Graham (Frickley) at Bondi. Eldred Clark could probably tell you a lot more.

                        

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In Memory of Willie Dempster

  

Born … ?

Died … 1983

   

Aneurin Griffith writes;

Willie Dempster died in late 1983, in London. He had been working for Lloyds Register, I think in the middle East, and had to fly home due to ill health.

                       

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In Memory of Denis Bayne

Born … 25th November 1915

Died … 3rd September 2006

    

Chris Bayne writes;

My father, Denis (Jimmy) Bayne was ex Commodore Chef of the fleet. He joined the fleet in 1934 and retired in 1975. He had sailed on Strathaird in 1941 and also on all the Strath ships, Oronsay, Orcades, Carthage Iberia, Arcadia, Chitral, Chusan, Himalaya, Nevasa, Uganda.

   

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Denis joined the sea on the 2nd March 1934 as 3rd cook aboard the ss Kaiser-i-Hind. That's Denis on the left with ?? (Head Barman).

  

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He'd served for over 40 years with the fleet when he retired in 1975 from the ss Uganda. 

  

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Denis' retirement party on Uganda on the 16th August 1975.

  

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There's no denying it's Uganda with those very distinctive curtains. 

                          

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In Memory of Bill Laidlaw

Born … 1947

Died … 8th August 2010

   

SeaFrance sales director Bill Laidlaw has lost his ongoing battle with Leukaemia. He was taken into hospital with an infection last weekend and died at 11pm on Sunday. He was 63. Bill worked in the shipping industry for 44 years, starting with P&O Cruises. He then transferred to P&O Ferries where he began with the company as office boy – by the time he left the company 18 years later, he held the position of sales and marketing director. He then spent 10 years as managing director of Sealink Newhaven-Dieppe Ferries. On 16 July 1995, Bill was approached by SeaFrance to help set up the UK arm of the company. He spent the last 15 years as the company’s sales director, thoroughly happy to be working in the industry which he loved. Bill was a larger than life figure, who was well-known and highly respected throughout the travel industry. 

   

SeaFrance MD Robin Wilkins said: 

Bill has made a great contribution wherever he has worked, but nowhere more so than at SeaFrance Limited. He was the original employee (staff no: 001) and with his drive and enthusiasm, played a vital role in building the company. As my co-director, running mate, confidant and all round safe pair of hands, I have valued Bill’s contribution more than anyone. Driven and enthusiastic, passionate about the business and the industry, and always willing to get stuck in, I could not have wished for a more valuable colleague. His death came as a shock to us all and he leaves a gap which can never be filled. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife Jean and the family at this difficult time.

  

Mike Staddon writes;

It's very sad news that Bill Laidlaw passed away Sunday evening (8th August). He had been fighting a rather rare form of leukaemia for the last 15-16 months and had received a bone marrow transplant some six months ago. Some people will remember that Bill was Resident Clerk in the old P&O days in the sixties and then joined P&O Ferries (Southern & Normandy Ferries) in the seventies as Marketing Manager. After P&O's brief disposal of its ferries in 1985 he worked for SNCF in one form or another and for the last fifteen years had been one of it's top men in Dover. He had been due to retire at the end of this month.

  

Our sincere thoughts are with his wife Jean and all Bill's family and friends. 

                         

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