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In Memory of Roger
Born … 18th August
Died … 2nd May
Will Gyte writes:
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).
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.
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,
knew things were quite tough over the last few years.
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
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.
Richard Reubin has
kindly passed this message on from Derek Warmington:
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.
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.
Canberra 8-12 1986ish Barbados Sandy Lane,
Graeme Hayes, Chris Wright, Joe
Grubb, John Warburton.
Jag Lewis, Mrs Anderson, Ian
Courtesy of Dave
Our thoughts go to Joe's family and friends at this
very sad time.
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.
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
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
Our thoughts go to John's family and friends at
this very sad time.
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.
Courtesy of David Jewkes
David Jewkes adds;
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!!
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.
Dave Harbinson, Mike Gold and David Dickinson (in that order) have passed on Derek Warmington's email.
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 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.
(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.
have received the very sad news this morning that Marty lost his long
running battle with Cancer yesterday. His wife and family were with him
at the time. A true gentleman and character who will be missed by so
Marty's funeral will take place
at Wakefield Crematorium, Standbridge Lane, Kettlethorpe, Wakefield,
WF4 3JA at 1.00 pm on Friday, 30 June. Afterwards there will be a
reception at Sandal Rugby Club, Standbridge Lane, Wakefield, WF2 7DY.
Family flowers only - any donations to Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Martyn’s wife Christine has requested that gentlemen wear bright coloured odd socks!
For catering purposes, Charlie Hill is co-ordinating the numbers
attending, so if you plan to go, please notify him at the following
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
There's some more comments added to a Forum post which can be seen here.
Our thoughts go to Marty's family and friends at this very sad time.