Information received on 2nd February 2014 from Jim's son, also named Jim,
Information from Ron's son Jeff
|Douglas passed away on September 17, 2013 at the age of 88 (he was born on February 16, 1925 in Wallasey).|
He served in the Royal Air Force during WWII taking part in the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was among the first to enter the Nazi concentration camps in France. In 2012, he was awarded the Medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, as ordered by the President of France, for his part in the liberation of that country.
He joined the PSNC in 1946, with his career taking him to live in Chile, Panama and Peru as an Inspector for the company before joining a U.S. Shipping Company and moving to Florida in 1970. Former colleagues have said . . . . ."He worked in Chile (PSNC of course), in Lima, and here in Panama, where Central America was controled (the joint RML- HAL) CAL service. He was a natural leader, honest and a hard and very fair worker/boss."
Douglas was proud to serve as President of the Ft. Lauderdale branch of the Royal British Legion for a number of years. An avid Ballroom and Square Dancer, he was President of the Westernaires Square Dance Club for eight years and was dancing weekly with the Jackpots Square Dance Club of Hollywood until his illness this summer. Douglas had sung in the choir of Plantation Community Church for the past ten years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Angela; three children, Michael(Patricia) Bomford, Suzanne (Miles) Dickson and Malcolm (Deborah) Bomford and seven grandchildren. A Celebration of life service will be Monday, September 23, 2013 at 2:00PM at the Plantation Community Church.
This Obituary was published in "Sun-Sentinel" from September 19 to September 21, 2013 with dditional details provided by former PSNC prsonnel Tony Conte and Fred Mullin who knew him well.
I've just heard the sad news that Steve Clark has passed away. He sailed as 3rd Engineer on the Pizarro in 1969. Steve originated from Robin Hoods Bay and latterly was living in Southern Spain. He had been battling cancer for the past three years and finally succumbed to the disease on 5th August 2009. Steve was with Texaco Overseas Tankships throughout most of the seventies as 2nd and Chief Engineer though I never sailed with him during my time with Texaco. Information from Brian Russell
Don Caddock, ex MN and one of our Associate Members, passed away 12th November 2013 aged 78 years. He went to sea with the Sugar Line, Athol Tankers and Shell and finished up in PSNC as a Navigation Officer with the rank of 2nd Mate.
The funeral is at Stonefall Crematorium in Harrogate at 1420 on Friday 22nd November 2013. If any of your Members decide to go we will be wearing Blazer and Flannels, Medals optional, and will meet at the Crem at 1400 to form a Guard of Honour.
Afterwards at The Travellers Rest, Crimple Valley for the wake. Could you please let me know if any of your Members will be attending at Travellers Rest so that I can inform family regarding numbers for catering.
Dougie (Secretary of the local Royal Navy Association branch)
Information from Dougie
It is with great sadness that Sheila, Lorna and Jen have to write to let you know of Ian's passing. He battled for so long and lost the fight on the evening of 21st September 2007 at Ayr Hospital. He will forever be in our thoughts and we will gain great comfort from our many happy memories. With warmest regards from us all, Sheila
Unfortunately, I have to advise you my brother Reg, aged 81, passed away at home on the 12th November 2007. Only recently he spoke about the good times he had on the Reina del Pacifico and other boats. Best Wishes Gordon Dagnall
I received this email on 1st November 2014 from Philip Gregson:-
Terry Parke, Chris and I went to the funeral of Bob (Bud) Garner on 31 October 2014 in Willerby, Hull.
Former Chief Purser of Reina del Pacifico and Shore Purser at PSNC's office at Canada Dock died on the morning of 26th December 2009 after a long struggle against bowel cancer. His wife Doris used to work in the company's freight department. This initial information came from E. John McGarry
Dad lived in a small town called Motueka in New Zealand for his last 29 years. We believe he worked with Sugar Lines, Athol Tankers and his days in international waters ended in 1971 when he came to NZ. Then he worked for the Anchor Company in Nelson; this company was taken over by the Union Steam Ship Company. He became a double amputee in 1993. After rehabilitation he returned home and took it upon himself to counsel others in similar situations, and this became one of his "jobs". He also started to stir things up with the local councils to make sure shops/buildings/libraries/public toilets etc were accessible to disabled people. He became well known around the region for this and much appreciated by many, for the improvements he helped happen! He did a lot for the community, in his own time, in many different ways. He was coaching swimming at the time of his sickness (he lost a leg from a blocked artery and the other from that flesh eating bug) and after 2 years rehabilitation he was back on the side of the swimming pool coaching again. Wheeling up and down the pool, I know the kids certainly will never forget him. He took part one year in the World Champs for the disabled in New Zealand. He painted many lovely pictures. One of his last projects was a series of "Blue Star" ships. He had finished four before his passing.Anouschka (his daughter)18 Sept 2010
Born 12/05/1936 and Died 27/01/2007 PS - I know he lived a lot longer than he thought he ever would!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe this is why he lived life to the full?!
Sad to report the peaceful death of Captain Eric Gowland on 9th June 2014. His funeral was held on Friday 20th June. Further details of his life and career will be provided by his daughter Elaine in due course.
Dickie joined Conway in January 1957 on a three year cadetship.
On leaving "The Ship" on 18th December 1959, Dickie joined PSNC and sailed on the Sarmiento on 24th December 1959. He served at sea until summer 1968. On passage from Antofagasta to Trieste with a cargo of copper blister, destination Hungary, his ship lost her propeller in the Mediterranean, completing the voyage under tow. Discharging her cargo and dry docking resulted in Dickie meeting his future wife. He married, gave up his sea career and settled in Trieste, becoming a lecturer at the University of Trieste and also teaching English to shipyard workers building the new generation cruise ships.
His health deteriorated and he had to have a major operation in late spring of 2009. Persisting, he made every effort to come to our term gathering of 50 years and the 150 years of The Conway. Martin Johnson and Jimmy Quinn, both living in Queensland, and Ramsey Cringle in the Isle of Man had contacted him.
Richard stayed with us after our Liverpool re-union, returning to see his family in Mortimer near Reading, Berkshire, where he was taken quite ill. He was admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Janet and I visited him there. He was moved into a local hospice and his departure from this world was on 25th September 2009. He leaves a daughter, grandson and son-in-law residing between Trieste and Switzerland and his sister and brother-in-law and five nephews living in the UK. "God Bless Dickie".
Written by GS Brown (1958-59)
I am grateful to Neville Humphreys for sending me a copy of an Obituary written by Richard's close friend G.S. Brown (1958-59) and printed in "The Conway Cadet" Spring issue from which I compiled this abbreviated version.
His son Chris informed me his father had died on 18th March 2014 aged 85 years. When he was appointed Captain of Eleuthera at age 31 he was the youngest Master in PSNC history.
Beloved husband of Ann Marion, passed away peacefully in hospital, December 31, 2016 aged 79 years.
A Graveside Service was held at St Andrews Church, Maghull on Thursday 12th January at 10.45am.
No flowers by request but donations, if desired, went to St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital.
Oct 29 2009 by Paul Mannion, Chester ChronicleThanks to Alan Corlett for the information and link to the newspaper item.
"Tributes paid to Frodsham cheese shop owner Gordon Meek
A community is in shock following the death of a much loved town patron.
Gordon Meek, 54, of High Street, Frodsham, was found dead at his Church Street premises, The Cheese Shop and Deli, on Monday morning.
Stationhouse Brewery owner Barrie Davidson said: "He did an awful lot to attract people to the area and to shop locally. He had a lot of great ideas and was a great contributor. He was at a board meeting last Tuesday and came up with some brilliant ideas for the Christmas festival. When I heard, I was dumbstruck. It's a great loss of such a strong man. We were good friends. He was full of beans and very funny, you would never get bored with Gordon. I have spoken to some of the members of the group and we will be doing something in memory of him but at the moment it's still so fresh in our minds and hearts."
A former Radio Officer, he was on "La Paz" when torpedoed in 1942 and "Lautaro". Sadly he died aged 91 just before Christmas 2008
When I started with PSNC in early 1961 I met a young (25) Chief Officer called Tony Nickson. He was from Liverpool but had been to school in the Isle of Man, and was also on the 'Conway'. Prior to PSNC he had sailed with Moss Hutchison and Palm Line. Tony only ever 'coasted' with PSNC during 1961/1962 while he was studying for his Extra Master's ticket, which he duly obtained. He would have "coasted" on most of the PSNC ships during this period.
Former 3rd Engineer on various vessels, including MV Salaverry, which he regarded as the happiest ship he ever served on, and latterly of ICI. Keith died very suddenly and unexpectedly on 10th June 2007 (aged 66 years) at home in Hambleton. He was instrumental in encouraging and motivating me (Barry Erskine) to arrange the first of what have now become Annual Reunions for former PSNC sea-going Officers; he will be sadly missed.|
The funeral was held on Thursday 21st June 2007 at Hambleton Parish Church. Keith had requested a simple service and was buried at the church. A number of former shipmates, Deck and Engineering Officers, managed to attend and pay their last respects.
My name is David Owen, the grandson of George Herbert Owen who was born May 1894 and died July 1964.
The following is a transcript of the PSNC acknowledgement of his service at his retirement:-
"Mr G H Owen, Senior Electrical Engineer, who retired on 31st December 1957, served his apprenticeship with the British Insulated & Helsby Cable Co. at their Prescott Works and after gaining varied experience in mines, power stations and Ship Repairers and Builders, he joined the Company in January 1919 on the shore staff.
His first appointment was to the "La Paz" as Senior Electrician, and he sailed in this vessel until he joined the m.v. "Reina Del Pacifico" which was then under construction in Belfast. Mr Owen, to quote his own words, "enjoyed twenty-five years unbroken service in this vessel". It might constitute a record. He was withdrawn in June 1955 to take up a similar appointment in s.s. "Reina Del Mar" when she was under construction in Belfast.
He retires with many happy memories, spread over his thirty-eight years with the Company and he looks forward to enjoying the happy home life he has always longed for. We hope it will last for many years."
You are welcome to publish this text and photo
Regards, David Owen
"It is with much regret that I have to inform you of the recent death of Electrical Engineer Ronnie Rice who passed away peacefully in hospital on the 15th June - aged 67 years - following a short illness. I have known Ronnie since 1966 when we sailed on the Santander. He will be sadly missed. Kindest regards, Eric James"
"Rex was 2nd Officer on the Reina del Pacifico in the 1950's. He sailed under Capt. Eckford and was great friends with him until he died. In 1955/56 he emigrated to Canada and while there he joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve. He worked for the Ontario Hydro Commission operating a Supply Boat on Georgian Bay. Later he had a successful career in Insurance becoming Vice President of The American Insurers Underwriters. He died in 1980 and is buried near Toronto." (Thanks to Kenneth Owen for supplying this information in March 2010.)
Sadly, we learned from Chris Welton that Dave died of Prostate Cancer in Macclesfield District General on 15 July 1998. Chris and Janet are in contact with Dave's widow Charlotte. (May 2010)
Horace S. Staley, aged 102, passed away early Thursday, January 29, 2009 in Binghamton General Hospital, Walton, USA. after a short illness.
|His first ship was Loriga in 1944 followed by Lautaro, Losada and Sarmiento. He appears to have stayed on the latter vessel until injury in the 1950's brought about confinement to office based work until 1977.|
He died on Anglesey, where he had retired to, on 8 April 2008, of what appears to be an asbestos disease.
If you sailed with Derek, or knew him, please contact me, Barry Erskine, because a firm of solicitors acting for the family are hoping to learn more about his work.
Sailed as 1st Electrician on Reina del Mar. He died peacefully at home on Monday 12 June 2017 after a long spell of illness.
His funeral will take place at 2pm on Friday 23rd June 2017 at Southport Crematorium. There will be family flowers only, but donations can be made to Queenscourt Hospice if desired.
|Received Sunday 5th October 2014|
I write with sad news that my father passed away yesterday (4th Oct) with my mother and brother at his side; he went peacefully. Although over the last week he hadn't been too well with a chest infection and was having trouble geting his breath.
I am at the moment making the funeral arrangements and will let you now when this will be. It is looking like it could be a week Monday at Holy Trinity Church Southport, followed by Southport Crematorium. I will forward the details over in the next couple of days.
(This was followed by the Notice in the local newspapers).
William Taylor lived in Newburgh, Lancs, and retired in October 1971. Originally he was 2/5 Engineer on the Reina del Pacifico and later sailed on various PSNC vessels as Chief Engineer including:-
MV Samanco 20/10/1955 - 24/10/1955, Cuzco, Kenuta, Potosi, Flamenco, Pizarro, and last ship was SS Cotopaxi 12/07/1961 - 31/07/1961.
He died in Ormskirk District General Hospital, 28 March 1985 and was cremated at Thornton Crematorium, Sefton, Merseyside. His ashes are buried at Thornton Garden of Rest plot 208, section CR1.
Information supplied by his son Tony Taylor on 10th August 2011
"Hi Barry, I am the son-in-law of Gilbert Thackeray.
It is with great regret I have the sad duty to inform you that on Saturday morning 26 July 2014, after a long battle with cancer, Gilbert passed away, in no pain!"
Gil's funeral took place on Friday 1st August 2014 at St Peter's Church, Ireleth followed by a service at Barrow-in-Furness Crematorium.
Some of Gil's former PSNC shipmates and friends attended, including John Flaherty, Bill Hilton, John & Wendy Jenkins, and Dave Newton.
Refreshments were available at the Lisdoonie Hotel afterwards.
John Bracegirdle (Son-in-Law)"
In March 2012 I received the following report from Russell Judge who had been in regular contact with Bill prior to his passing.
"I am sorry to report that Bill Waring has had a small stroke and is unable to travel and is unlikely to attend any further reunions.
Mentally he is OK with little or no memory loss but physically he finds it difficult to walk or even stand for any length of time.
He also has diabetes which has caused kidney failure and prostate cancer that was not caught quickly enough and has now spread.
Bill now lives in Kendal having moved there to be near his wife who had also had a stroke while living in Spain but was confined to the Leonard Cheshire Home at Holehird, Windemere.
Unfortunately, she died in 2010 and I suspect he never really got over this as they had been married for years, certainly since I first met him on "Oropesa" in 1968."
"Regret to inform you that Bill Waring died 19th February in Kendal. As previously advised, he had been quite ill for some time and in the end, it was a bit of a release as his quality of life was nearly non-existent.
He went into a care home just before Christmas and I visited a couple of times. Although coherent, Bill was in a poor way and it was obvious he was not long for this world. He is now reunited with his late wife in Barrow (Thorncliffe) Cemetery."
Don Wheeler, Capt David Houghton and Lesley Wheeler at the 2008 Reunion
Sadly, former Chief Engineer Don Wheeler from Merseyside died at home on 4 November 2008 (aged 73) after a battle with illness. He is survived by his wife Lesley, son Ian and daughter Cathy.
Information from "Chalkie" and his sister Judy
Colin died peacefully in hospital, June 8, 2009, aged 74 years.|
He was a loving husband to Pauline, beloved dad of Geoff, Val, Clare and Lesley,
loving granddad to Kieran and Oscar, father-in-law to Peter and Jude.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Service was at St. Jerome's Church, Formby on Thursday, June 18 at 10.30 a.m.
followed by Private Cremation at Southport Crematorium.
The request was for family flowers only, but donations, if desired, to Southport Kidney Fund.
My father Thomas (Tommy) Wood served with PSNC from about 1954 to 1961 as Second Engineering officer. Unfortunately, he passed away on Sunday (26/10/08) after a long battle with cancer. He served on Cuzco, Pizarro and Potosi which was his last ship. After leaving the company in 1961 he served as a police officer for 26 years in his home town of Wigan.
His funeral was held at St Michaels Church (Swinley) Wigan on Monday 3rd November 2008 followed by cremation at Charnock Richard crematorium. Mark Wood
Former Superintendent Engineer from Merseyside died on 16 February 2007 (aged 84) after a long illness and shortly after losing his wife.