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The RAF & Defence Fire Service has a book of remembrance where the names of our fallen comrades are recorded.  The poem below was produced by Steve Harrison and is a combination of his own work, some lines from Mick Goupillot and a prayer from  Satish Kumar, who was a Jain monk.

Death notices received from late October 2023 are posted below.  For previous listings please click the appropriate link above

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24 November 2023

From: George Turnbull

Member No 627 David McBain

So sorry to inform the Association of the passing of ex RAF Firefighter David McBain.  Dave, my great friend of fifty three years, died on 20th November after a long fight with cancer. He joined the RAF in September 1966 and served at RAF Wittering, where he met his wife Marion, before postings to Sharjah and Conningsby.   Following discharge in August 1971, he worked at Luton Airport Fire Station for three years before moving on to Bedfordshire Fire Brigade, where he attained the rank of Station Officer.  After that he transferred to London Fire Brigade where he was employed as Station Commander in an operational role, as well as Training Officer at the Brigade Training Centre and at the Western Command Training Centre. After retiring in 2002, Dave drove a mobile library vehicle before becoming Licensing Officer for Mid Beds District Council, a role he filled for eight years.  He would have stayed in the RAF longer but was never given the opportunity to complete an advanced training course.

Dave’s funeral service is on the 19th December at:
The Vale Crematorium,  
Butterfield Green Road,  
at 2pm,

afterwards at Barton  Rovers F.C.
Barton Le Clay,
MK45 4SD

RIP Dave

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4 January 2024

From:  Gareth Green

Member No 255 Kenneth Green

It is with regret that I inform you of the passing of my father Kenneth George Green after a long illness. Ken  was Area Coordinator for Northern Ireland and also ex-Commandant of the Northern Ireland Fire Service Training School. Prior to that he was an  RAF Fireman and served in Singapore before retiring in the late 60's to join the Ulster Fire Brigade. He loved his time in the RAF and always flew their flag at his home.

Kenneth’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 9th January at 10am at Whitehead Methodist Church, 2 Balmoral Avenue, Whitehead, BT38 9QA. Details also on website of funeral directors:-  S & J Irvine, Carrickfergus.

RIP Kenneth

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6 January 2024

From:  Karen Costello Carter

Member No 485 Gabriel (Cos) Costello

With immensely heavy hearts , myself, my big sister Jo and family had to say our final farewells to our wonderful dad and amazing Grandad, Cos Costello (Gabriel Costello), who sadly passed  away peacefully with his girls by his side on Thursday the 4th of January.

A kind , loving , brave, generous, funny, cheeky, intelligent and often naughty but true to his heart Irish Gentleman. Dad dedicated his life to our family, his friends and his life long career in the Royal Air Force until he retired as the respected Warrant Officer Gabriel Costello BEM.

Dad touched the lives of so many people, especially throughout his career where he lead and guided hundreds of Air men & women throughout his and their RAF journey. We will miss dad desperately but knowing he is at peace with our mum Lynn now brings us all some comfort. You are loved  dad you are cherished you are missed.

We Invite you to the Funeral of our father, Warrant Officer Gabriel (Cos) Costello on Wednesday 31st January 2024 at 1PM

Service to be conducted at:

Thanet Crematorium
Manston Rd

 And afterwards at:

162 Ramsgate Rd
CT9 4E2

To raise a glass (or a cup of tea) to our wonderful dad and your special friend x

If you wish- Flowers to H.R.Palmers 30 Hardres St Ramsgate CT11 8QF


Donations to - Dogs Trust

Cheques to Dogs Trust

 (c/o H.R Palmers)

Please can you email kccarts@yahoo.co.uk if you will be coming so I know the numbers.

For those who cant attend there will be a Webcast of dad's funeral. Please email me at kccarts@yahoo.co.uk for details as I have been told to email the link and not copy & paste.

Kind Regards

Karen & Joanna


15 January 2024

From: Colin Stone

Terry Dawber

I have just visited Jackie Dawber wife of Terry Dawber who died in the early hours of Friday Morning.

Terry's funeral  service will take place on 2nd Feb at 14.00 at Gloucester Crematorium.

RIP Terry

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9 February 2024

From: Simon Wheeler

Lenny Scott

Saddened to have to share the passing of Lenny Scott, former Brize Guy RAF Fire Fighter, just 33 years old. After seeing news reporting a death of somebody by his name former crew members searched for confirmation and unfortunately found it, that’s all the information we have at this time.

RIP Lenny

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26 March 2024

From:  Trevor Hayes

Member No 222 Michael Barnes

I regret having to pass on the news that Michael passed away on Thursday 21 March.  He had heart failure and died peacefully in his sleep.

RIP Michael

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9 April 2024

From:  Kevin Mason

Tom Sawyer

It is with a heavy heart that I have inform members of the passing of WO Tom Sawyer RIP dear friend and colleague !

For friends and family who wish to attend the funeral and wake details are as follows.

His funeral service will be held on Tuesday 14th May, 3pm at Redan Road Cemetery,  Redan Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 4ST.

There will be a wake afterwards to celebrate his life at Tongham Community Center, Poyle Road, Tongham. Directions will be given after the service.

There will also be a stream for those who wish to watch but unable to make the service. https://watch.obitus.com  username and password will be given on the day.

Floral arrangements are strictly from family only,  those who wish to make a donation please donate to the RAF association charity.

Please RSVP asap for catering arrangements.


13 April 2024

From:  Mike Knight

Member No 840 Rick Armstrong

News has reached me via fb of the loss of a great character. Rick Armstrong, otherwise known as Lurch or Lurcio, passed away last night.

I knew Lurch at Brize in 74 and onwards and last saw him at Ken Leveretts funeral in July 2019.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when known.

RIP Rick

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29 April 2024

From:  David Gillan

Member No 518 Colin Smith

It is with great sadness that I have to report that former Cpl Colin Smith passed away recently, his daughter Cassie asked me to let all his old friends and colleagues from Bruggen, Laarbruch and North Coates and other bases.

I will post funeral details when they arise. R.I.P. old friend.

RIP Colin

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3 June 2024

From:  Steve Harrison

Member No 560 Malcolm Senior

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Malcolm Senior passed away last Friday 31 May.

RIP Malcolm

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3 June 2024

From:  Steve Harrison

Member No 753 Alex Robertson

II received the sad news this morning from the wife of Alex Robertson member 753 to say the he passed away on the 6th May

RIP Alex

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6 June 2024

From:  David Crampton

Member Nigel Kease

I have just found out of the passing of my mate Nigel Kease. His partner, Bernice, asked me to let all his fire service friends know.  Nigel passed away in the early hours of Wednesday of a heart attack brought on by a bad chest infection. During his RAF Service Nigel was based at Wyton. Church Fenton and finally Finningley before coming out in 83.

My condolences to Bernice,family and friends miss you already mate.

RIP Nigel Kease 1958 - 2024