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It is with much sadness that I report that Chief Officer James (Jim) M Roe RFA (Retd) Crossed the Bar on 29th October aged 71. This was reported to me by John (Sid) Kempton.

CTBFormer RFA Chief Officer (X) Jim (James) Roe crossed the bar on 29 October aged 71 after a long struggle with cancer.  Jim, who incidentally never joined the Association, was medically retired from the service in the 1980s and subsequently worked for the Prison Service and later the Met Office as Port Met Officer, Southampton.  When the Southampton job became defunct, Jim closed the office and retired himself in the mid 1990s.  Once retired, Jim and his wife Marianne moved to a little hamlet in La Chapelle-Neuve, Brittany.
A funeral service followed by a private family cremation will be held in Brittany on 2 November followed by an internment in the UK at a later date to be confirmed once arrangements can be made. When details are available, these will be promulgated.
James not only leaves behind his wife Marianne but also sons James and Thomas and his grandson Dominic.
Good sailing James.
Yours Aye
Sid
 

 

As Sid said in his email to me further details will be sitrepped to this page as and when known.

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to his wife Marianne sons James and Thomas and grandson Dominic

If you have any remembrances of Jim please email it to me at captain.pat@rfa-association.org.uk and I will post them on this page. I am also looking for photographs of Jim for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, If you have one please email it to me.

Yours aye,
Sid
Published on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 10:43

The RFA Reunion 2019 will be held at the Radison Blu Hotel Durham on 11th May 2019 and I would suggest that you book your room in the Radison Blu soon as I am told they are filling up. I booked today (23 Oct) and I was quoted £145 for a double occupancy room for 1 night and £9 parking for 24 Hours.

The Radison Blu Durham.

Have as shufti HERE for their website with all their contact details and also details about the rooms other facilities etc and HERE for a map which does show the location of the Radison Blu and other hotels close by.

Durham Taxis have fare calculator (have a shufti HERE) and according to this the fare from Durham Railway station to the Radison Blu should be about £3.60 (don't quote me)

As more details become available regarding the Reunion and of course the AGM I will post it to this page.

 

 

Published on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 15:45

Half MastIt is with much sadness that I report that CPO(E) Peter Robinson RFA(Retd) Crossed the Bar on 22nd June 2018 aged 79,  His funeral will be held on the 5th July 2018 at Burnley Crematorium (HERE for their website and HERE for a Map)

Peter served in the RFA from 1969 until 1998 when he retired on the grunds of ill-health.

Old friends and shipmates are most welcome to attend and will be invited to join the family for refreshments afterwards.

Family flowers only by request but donations in lieu and if desired should be made to the Pendleside Hospice (HERE for their website and HERE for a map).

Awaiting PhotographThe funeral arrangements are being made by Greenwoods Funeral Directors (HERE for their website and HERE for a map)

Further details will be published as they become available.

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to all his  family  Son Anthony and daughters Karen and Lynn, his wife Barbara pre-deceased him 15 years ago.

 

If you have any remembrances of Peter please email it to me at captain.pat@rfa-association.org.uk and I will post them on this page. I am also looking for photographs of Michael for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, If you have one please email it to me.

Remembrances:-

 

Published on Friday, 29 June 2018 17:41

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Sitrep 1, Funeral Arrangements.

It is with so much sadness I report that Senior Radio Officer John F Harper RFA(Retd) and member 0037 Crossed the Bar on Friday 27th July 2018 aged 89 . I have no more details at the moment but have been in contact with his step-daughter Joanna who will keep me informed and I will sitrep this page when appropriate. (My thanks also to Michael (Rupert) Hannen for the heads up)

John's funeral will take place at at 1.15pm on Wednesday 8th August at Porchester Crematorium, North Chapel (HERE for their website and HERE for a map), Colleagues and old shipmates will be most welcome to attend and will be invited back by the family for refreshments afterwards.

Family flowers only but donations in lieu and if desired should be made to the RFA Association. The collection will be co-ordinated by the Funeral Directors (see below)

The arrangements for the funeral and cremation are being made by Freemantles of Titchfield (HERE for their website and HERE for a map)

 harperOn behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to DiDi, his widow, son Mark and step children Chris, Richard and Joanna.

If you have any remembrances of John please email it to me at captain.pat@rfa-association.org.uk and I will post them on this page. I am also looking for photographs of Johnl  for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, If you have one please email it to me.

Tributes and Remembrances:-

Stuart Pearce Chairman of the Solent Branch writes:-

Very sad to hear of the passing of John Harper.  First sailed with John on the Fort Sandusky circa 1963. We were together for nearly a year long trips in those days, joining in UK then to the Far East around the Cape.  Were in Mombasa for Kenya Independence, then the empty out of RNAD at Mombasa. Our cabins were next to each other so group morning coffee meetings were the norm, with the occasional tot in the coffee to kill the taste of the water!!!  We remained good friends as we lived not far apart.  He was regular attender at RFAA social gatherings until the curse of dementia took over.  I have very fond memories of John as a friend and colleague RIP John.  Picture driving in Malaya John, me, and Robbie Robinson AFS.  note the lovely Ford Consul.
 
 
Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:24

The trustees of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Association are delighted to announce that the 2018 Commodore James Coull Memorial Award has been made to First Officer (now Chief Officer) Jamie Edward Finlay RFA for his outstanding performance in RFA Mounts Bay, during Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster  Relief Operations in the British OverseasTerritories of Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands,the Turks Caicos Islands and the independent  island of Dominica (Operation Rumen) after they suffered unprecedented damage post hurricanes IRMA and  MARIA. It is clear that he ticked all the boxes one would expect from an officer of the modern RFA and more.

Read more: The James Coulll Memorial Award 2018

Published on Saturday, 26 May 2018 11:16