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Senior Electrical Officer Michael Kerr-Gibbings, Crossed the Bar Sitrep 2 (217)

Published on Thursday, 05 April 2018 10:30 Hits: 1034

Category: Crossed the Bar


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Sitrep 1. More funeral details.

Sitrep 2. Photograph.

It is with much sadness that I report that Senior Electrical Officer Michael John Hamilton Kerr-Gibbings RFA(Retd) and Member number 0190, Crossed the Bar on 23rd March 2018 aged 88, has died in Worthing Hospital. His funeral will be held on the 19th  April 2018 at Messrs HD Tribe Ltd. 101 Eastern Avenue, Shoreham BN43 6PE. Telephone 01273 452169 followed by cremation. (HERE for their website and HERE for a Map)

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 RNLI (HERE for their website)

Further details will be published as they become available.

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to all his  family



If you have any remembrances of Michael 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.



Rex Cooper writes:-

Dear Mr Lunts

Thank you for your letter received yesterday – I am so sorry to hear that Mike has crossed the bar, and I send you my deepest sympathy. It would seem Mike ran a tidy address book or Christmas card list, and that will have been a great help in passing the news.

I only sailed once with Mike, and that was in RFA Tidepool  fifty years ago but we became good friends. We re-connected about 25 years ago when my wife and I founded the RFA Association – Mike joined, which was a pleasure, and we remained in touch right up to last year. We always exchanged Christmas cards, but I think I failed to spot that was missing last year as my wife and I were unable to send cards due to illness.

The RFA family have numerous outlets in social media, and I see the news is being circulated, while the Association has a branch based in the Solent area, of which Mike was a member. In the normal course of events my colleague Captain Pat Thompson will publish details of the funeral on the Association web site for the information of Members who are able to attend.

I always try to attend the funerals of close colleagues but I am sorry that will not be possible this time. My recent bereavement and health issues mean that I am unable to make the long journey from Northumberland and must trust that the RFA family will be represented by friends nearer to Sussex.

Thank you again for writing; I hope all goes well with the arrangements on the day. Mike was sociable and popular and I am sure it will be a fitting service and event.

With every good wish

Rex Cooper

(Senior Captain RFA)

Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA(Retd) writes:-

It is with some considerable sadness I read today of “K-G,” (Mike) crossing the bar, who I have known for some 40 years. I had sailed with Mike in the 70s and early 80s on Olwen and Olmeda and thank him for his help encouraging the Sperry 1005 gyros to work. He was always a kind and Gentle-Man with unfailing good humor.

More recently he had been one of the great Stalwarts of the RFA Golf Event. It was always good to see him there supporting the Association in its fund raising, thank you, Mike.

Nothing but a smile and good cheer from you, Mike. I look forward to meeting and supporting your family on the 19th.

Yours Aye,

Capt Roger R-B