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 from January 2021 onwards will be posted below. To view previous listings please click the links above.
13 January 2021
From: Pete Thompson
It is with a heavy heart I have to inform you all of the passing of Ray 'Jock' Hunt yesterday after a brief fight against cancer.
Ray served at Coningsby, Wildenrath, Belize and Chivenor, and I had the honour of receiving my first nickname from him at Coningsby in 1977. He will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.
Stand down mate, duties done.
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19 January 2021
From: Fred Jiggins
Just found out from a friend that ex RAF Firefighter Jerry Field residing near Louth and ex Wittering and Belize, last worked at Humberside Airport, passed away last night of the 'C', sad news as another old flame has extinguished RIP.
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20 January 2021
From: Barry-Brough Scott
I regret to have to announce that I have recently made aware of the passing of an old colleague. Nick Nichol passed away recently from COVID 19 having contracted the virus shortly before Christmas.
Many of you who attended training courses during the late 1980’s will remember Nick as the Chief instructor. Nick served at a number of locations including Wethersfield, HQ Support Command, Gibraltar, & Alconbury to name a few.
I regret to have to announce that another of our firefighter family has unfortunately passed away due to cancer. Ex Cpl Owen Hughes passed on New Years Eve, but I've only recently found out and I asked the family if they would like me to post to his ex colleagues. Owen served from 1959 to 1981 during which time he was stationed at Ballykelly, Binbrook, Brize Norton 3 times, Changi twice, Machrihanish, Aden, Masirah, and Sydenham during the Belfast strikes. Stand down Owen your shift is now done.
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11 February 2021
From: Guy Bowes
Sadly on the 8th February 2021 Simon unexpectedly passed away whilst doing the job he loved so much, aged 61 years A dearly loved and devoted husband to Jess. A greatly loved dad to Paul, Mark, Karl, Tom, Jordan and Emma. A much loved granddad. A loving son to June and the late Barry. A loved brother to Julie, a loved uncle and a great friend to many. A service to celebrate Simon's life will be held at Grimsby Crematorium on Friday 5th March at 10.30am. Due to the current restrictions, attendance is by invite only, but if so desired, donations in Simon's memory can be sent directly to The Museum of RAF Firefighting, 14 Billet Lane, Normanby Enterprise Park, Scunthorpe, DN15 9YH. Floral tributes will be gratefully received by Sentiments Funeral Home 17 Chantry Lane, Grimsby. DN31 2LP Tel 01472 242783.
Simon served in the RAF Fire Service from 1976 to 1989 during which time his postings included RAF St Mawgan, Scampton, North Coates and Machrihanish and since his death the warm tributes posted on social media bear testament to what well liked and respected fireman he was.
Please click here to donate to the Museum of RAF Firefighting in Simons memory.
Simon’s funeral service will be streamed live from the Crematorium from 10:25 on Friday 5 March. Friends and family can view the proceeding via the following link: