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In Memory of Roger Keeler


Born … 18th August 1950

Died … 2nd May 2016

 

Will Gyte writes:

Would you be able to put my old shipmate on the dogs departed section, he used to go on your site often and before he passed away we discussed him being added to the list. My name is Will Gyte and we sailed together in 1973-74 on ss Oronsay as Public Rooom Stewards ( PRSs).

 

 
 
He joined P&O in 1967 as a Bell Boy then Assistant Steward and PRS. I know for sure he worked on the Himalaya, Canberra and Oronsay and I faintly recall him mentioning the Arcadia.

 

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He came to Sydney in 1974 (just before I came), he had a varied career in hotel and restaurant managment before having his own furniture factory for 20 years but sadly losing that to bankruptcy a few years ago. He never let it get on top of him even after he lost his house. His attitude was always the same, if he was hurt he'd never show it, but I knew things were quite tough over the last few years.

 

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We always kept in touch and had many a good day out at the SCG, especially during ashes tests, which won't be the same for me when I go next time. He was Best Man at my wedding and we will miss him greatly. We used to talk about old pals that we saw on this site so I'm sure he'll be glad to join the list.



 

Roger Keeler passed away on 2nd May 2016 at Castle Hills, Sydney Australia after a log battle with cancer, he never gave up on his fight and was positive and as happy as he could be to the end.

 

He's survived by wife Yvonne, children Anita, Jerrid, Raymond and Liam, and his seven grandchildren.

    

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of David Smith


Born … ?

Died … 15th September 2016


Richard Reubin has kindly passed this message on from Derek Warmington:


The news has been passed to me that Commodore Chief Engineer Officer David Smith passed away on Thursday 15 September, aged 93.

David (known to his engineer colleagues as ‘DH’) first went to sea with Royal Mail Lines in the early years of World War II before joining P&O in September 1944. During the years which followed he worked his way up to Chief Engineer Officer and finally to Commodore Chief Engineer Officer of P&O Cruises. He retired in December 1982 having spent the last several years of his service in Canberra.

The funeral is private – family members only.


Our thoughts go to David's family and friends at this very sad time. 

  

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of Alan Williams


Born … 12th July 1945

Died … 1st October 2016


Dave Betts advises:


Alan (Taff) Williams left us on 1st October after a short illness and battle with cancer. We were together on the original Oriana in the late 60’s and have been Facebook friends for some years.


Our thoughts go to Alan's family and friends at this very sad time. 

  

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of Joe Grubb


Born … ?

Died … ?


Harbo advises:

No details at present, just saw a post on Facebook from Terry Bartholomew. "Joe Grubb has gone to the big wardroom in the sky". Joe was an electrician with P&O, I sailed with him on Canberra, a really nice bloke. If I get any further details, I'll pass them on. 


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Canberra 8-12 1986ish Barbados Sandy Lane,

L-R Back:
Graeme Hayes, Chris Wright, Joe Grubb, John Warburton.
Front:
Jag Lewis, Mrs Anderson, Ian Anderson.



Courtesy of Dave Harbinson

Our thoughts go to Joe's family and friends at this very sad time. 

  

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of Walter (Wally) Light

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Born … 13th Jan 1956

Died … 10th Jan 2017


Geoffrey Witts advises:

I served with Walter Light (Wally) on the P&O Arcadia in the 70s. He sadly passed away on the 10th of January this year after battling cancer. Wally was at sea for 33 years serving on all manner of ships, including RFA. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Wally would have turned 61 tomorrow 13/1/2017.


Our thoughts go to Wally's family and friends at this very sad time. 

  

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of John Chester


Born … 1928

Died … 3rd November 2016


Derek Warmington advises:

The sad news has been received that Commodore John Chester passed away on the 3rd November 2016 at the age of 88. The Funeral took place on the 22nd November.


John Chester joined P&O as a Cadet in 1944 after pre-sea training at Warsash, and spent his entire career at sea with P&O, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises. He retired as Commodore of the Fleet in 1988.


Our thoughts go to John's family and friends at this very sad time. 

  

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of Darren Ford


Born … ?

Died … 21st March 2017


David Noyes (CEO) advises:


Dear all,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you of the death of Darren Ford who passed away suddenly on board Oriana yesterday.

Darren started his career with the company in 1991 and has worked his way through the ranks and joined Oriana only 2 weeks ago as Staff Chief Engineer. Darren has worked on many of our ships in the fleet and helped to launch Britannia. He was known to many as a man who was kind with a great sense of humour and a truly gentle man.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Alma and their four children, Charles, Josh, Shaneia and Caitlyn at this very sad time; together with his many friends and colleagues, old and new who will be deeply saddened by this news.

As a mark of respect, the Carnival House flags have been lowered today.

Should anyone require support following this news, please contact either your HR Manager on board, the CARE Office or alternatively the confidential helpline is available through our EAP providers.

Regards,

David


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David Jewkes adds;

I sailed with Darren on several occasions and found him to be one of the nicest engineers you could meet, he was a total character and very conscientious. His sudden death has shocked the entire company as he was so well known. He was also totally devoted to his family, marrying a young Filipino lass and living in the Philippines with her and their 4 children. Facebook went viral when the news broke. As you will possibly guess I do keep in contact with many people who are still at sea and also in the office. The last communication I had with Darren was only last Sunday and he passed away on Tuesday afternoon!!


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Courtesy of David Jewkes


There's more comments about Darren in the Forum post here.   


Our thoughts go to Darren's family and friends at this very sad time. 

  

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of George Glessinger


Born … 1946

Died … March 2017


First notified by John Cannon Gray.


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Ken Worsfold writes;


I never met George although he was a good mate of many I did know. George is 2nd from left seated. This was on Iberia, I think around 1969.


There's more comments about George in the Forum post here.   


Our thoughts go to George's family and friends at this very sad time. 

  

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of Maurice Marriott


Born … 1929

Died … 24th March 2017

 

Dave Harbinson, Mike Gold and David Dickinson (in that order) have passed on Derek Warmington's email.

 

News has been passed to me that Maurice Marriott, former Chief Engineer Officer with P&O Cruises, passed away on 24 March at the age of 88.
 
Maurice’s career began with the Medway Steam Packet Company before joining BI where he rose through the ranks to become Chief Engineer Officer. In 1957 he transferred to P&O serving in a number of ships during the years that followed. He will be particularly remembered as the Chief Engineer Officer of ‘Spirit of London’ for the maiden voyage in 1972.
 
In the early 1980’s he transferred to P&O Ferries where he rose to become Engineering Superintendent, but decided to take early retirement after the merger with Townsend Thoreson.
 
The funeral will be at 2.00 pm on Monday 24 April at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Road, Barham, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6QU. This will be followed at 3.00 pm by a reception at Deal and Bettshanger Rugby Club, The Drill Field, Canada Road, Walmer, Deal, Kent, CT14 7EQ. never met George although he was a good mate of many I did know. George is 2nd from left seated. This was on Iberia, I think around 1969.

 

Our thoughts go to Maurice's family and friends at this very sad time. 

   

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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In Memory of Steve Norris


Born … ?

Died … 7th April 2017


Keuth Radford writes;


Steve (Noddy) Norris passed away yesterday after complete liver and kidney failure. Eventually all his major organs shut down. I sailed with Noddy as a first tripper on the Oronsay in 1972 and as with most seadogs a nicer guy you could not wish to meet. After leaving P&O he worked in the Middle East, then I believe ran a fish and chip shop in San Francisco and spent quite a few years with the British Antarctic Survey Service and was heavily involved in organising their reunions and spent a number of years amongst the penguins and polar bears in the Antarctic. Noddy is fondly remembered by both myself and also Aggi Christie who corresponded with him for a number of years after meeting on Oronsay. RIP Old friend you have crossed the bar and the seas are far calmer on the other side.

Our thoughts go to Steve's family and friends at this very sad time. 

  

Rest in Peace fellow Seadog 

  

  

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