Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals



26 May 16

I have just been told that Terry Blackburn passed away in the early hours of this morning.  RIP Terry, known for over 40 years.

DETAILS OF THE FUNERAL OF TERRY BLACKBURN. Anyone wishing to attend will be very welcome, Terry didn't want people to wear black, he said he'd had a colourful life and that's the way he wants to go. Tany Blackburn.


As an ex snowdrop /ex South Wales Police / current Secretary of the No 4 (Wales) Region International Police Association, I have been informed of the recent death of a Jack HANN (88 yrs), retired Chief Inspector of the Metropolitan Police (1983). Jack was apparently an RAF Police officer shortly after the war, before joining the Met' and then the Canadian Air Force Police for a while. His funeral is on Tuesday 31st May in Ebbw Vale, although I have no further details at this stage. Denis Hunt


60 years of marriage last year

It is my sad task to notify you of the death of long serving EMB member Tom Woolhouse.
Tom served from 1946 to 1956 as a Provost SNCO
Tom suffered an aneurism, which burst, and he passed away peacefully yesterday at the Nottingham QMC with his family by his side
Details of the funeral arrangements will be promulgated once his widow Maureen has that information.
Our thoughts go out to Maureen and his family

The funeral of EMB member Tom Woolhouse (6/10/28 – 21/5/16) took place today

at the Wilford Hill Crematorium Nottingham. Guard of Honour formed by:-

Bill Bennett, Brian Whitaker, Bernard Lamb, Barrie Clarke (Standard)

John Park, Dave Greer, Steve Gardner, John Curtis


From Mark Williams through Facebook

I have just been told by Nick Cook the sad news that WO Tom Watts died on Sunday. I knew Tom for many years. His last overseas tour was in Hong Kong and I think his final posting was Vetting Wing at Rudloe Manor. After leaving the RAF he worked as the Trade and Exhibition Manager for the Royal International Air Tattoo. He continued working part-time for the charity well into retirement co-ordinating the volunteer team accommodation. My condolences go to his wife Yvonne and family. 

Yvonne Watts has just confirmed that Tom's funeral is at Colchester Crematorium at 14:45 on Tuesday 31st May. Post code for the Crematorium is CO2 8RU. There is no dress code, people should wear whatever they are comfortable with. Flowers are welcome or a donation to Tom's charity, details of which will be provided on the day. The family would like to see as many of Tom's colleagues and friends as possible


In Memory of David Sidney Mitchell - Former RAF Police Sergeant. David passed away on the 1 May 2016 aged 67 years. He served in the RAF Police between September 1968 and September 1990. He was a member of the RAF Police Association.
His funeral will be held at the West Wilts Crematorium at 1600 hours on 18 May 2016, with after proceedings at the Talbot Inn, Quemerford, Calne, SN11 0AR.
The family have requested ‘No Flowers’, but donations may be made to the Six Counties Kidney Patients Association via his ‘just giving page’.


From Norman Billows through Facebook...... I have been asked by his family to pass to the Association the news of the death of former Flt Sgt Geoff ROWE QPD.Although probably a lapsed member, he was an original member of the Norfolk Branch, RAFPA Probably best known to our ‘ doggie’ ex members, he had a lot to do in the development of the Dog Demo Teams in the late 50’s, served on the instructional staff at he Dog Training Schools’ and prior to his discharge was the Command Dog Inspector at HQRAFG

Lately he developed Dementia eventually becoming a resident of a Dementia Home where he succumbed to acute Pneumonia and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Sat 9 April 16 with his family around him.

Chris, his wife recently moved house but I am in telephone contact with her and will willingly pass any messages of sympathy members may wish to send. As yet, little is finalised about funeral arrangements other than it will be at St Faith’s Crematorium on 31 May; as more becomes known I will let members know.


From Roland Briggs on Facebook

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of Derek Hodgkinson a member of the RAFPA Yorkshire (South) Branch. Derek died on Sunday 24th April, 2016 in Castle Hill Hospital where he had been admitted a few days before following complications resulting from his Chemo Therapy treatment.

Although his health prevented his attendance at meetings in recent months, Derek always enjoyed meeting up with old friends and former colleagues. He will be very much missed.

Derek served in the rank of Corporal (Provost) during National Service from November 1951 to August 1953.

He leaves a daughter Amanda to whom we pass our sincere condolences.

At the time of writing I do not have any details of the funeral, but will keep in touch with Amanda and let you know the details as soon as they are received.


From Rob Smith on the RAFP Group:

It is with great regret to inform everyone of the passing of FS Ewan Greig, who left service in the late 70's. He completed numerous roles and positions around the world, ending his career as the Sheriff at RAF Waddington in 1978. He then completed CP work around the world before retiring into Lincolnshire. Details for the funeral are Sherwood Forest Crematorium, Ollerton 26 April 1100hrs.


Reported by Anthony Gradon....Former RAFP Cpl Stuart Frost 43 died in a car accident on 21st March. I served with him at Henlow, a cracking chap.


Sad to report the death on Sunday 10th April, of former RAF Police Cpl and retired Met Det Ch Inspector Vic Kelaher. Vic had bravely fought cancer for several months and to the very end remained calm and dignified.

Vic served in the RAF Police, from Oct 48 to May 50, and after training, he served at HQ No 5 District in Central London.

Vic attended the SWAB inaugural meeting at the RAFA Club in Plymouth, in March 1999. He has been one of our Trustees since then and he and Pam (and sister Pearl) attended most meetings. Vic was also a regular attender for several years on the Cenotaph Parades

Funeral arrangements are not yet known.

May Vic Rest in Peace.

John Walton
SWAB Chairman


From Facebook

I am sorry I don't know how this works but I am just letting those of you that knew him that Richard Harvey passed away this morning. I am not sure of the cause yet as am waiting for the Post Mortem results.
regards from his partner


From Cy Paskell: I have just been informed of the death of former RAFP Sgt George Arthur Lucas, 2485736. George passed away on 6th March after a protracted period of illness.

George served from Oct 58 until Jan 77 at various units including No11 Police District, Machrihanish, Tongeren, Laarbruch & West Drayton. He was a real character who I met whilst at Brize Norton as my wife used to help him and the couple he lived with to do shopping etc.

His funeral will be held at Swindon Crematorium at 1115hrs on Tuesday 29th March. I cannot attend due to work but my wife will be going. George had very few surviving family members so it would be great if we could get some presence from the former and serving RAFP community especially anybody that knew him. I'm not involved in the RAFPA community but any help on organising the attendance of a Standard bearer would be great. RIP George from a fellow snowdrop Fiat Justitia..!

From Brian Flinn: Funeral of George Lucas, 29 Mar 16.
George served for 19 years from 1958 to 1977. He suffered tragedy twice; he was widowed at age 40 and then his only son died while still quite young. George was described to me as always cheerful and larger than life and those I spoke to at the funeral told me that he was a man who touched the lives of everyone he met. I never had the honour of serving with George - I wish that I had. The RAF Police wreath was brilliantly designed and hand made by Kelly Paskell.

Steve Davies's photo.


Sad to report that Robbie Erskine died last night peacefully in hospital.  

From Jim Erskine. My family has asked that I convey their thanks to you for the kindness that you have afforded to us over Rob's death. We are all deeply humbled by your thoughts and clear respect and love that Rob attracted. I have also been asked by numerous friends about the arrangements for Rob's funeral. The answer to that is simple; he's not having one! Rob's wish and direction was that there was to be no formal proceeding and that, following his death and simple cremation, his remains were to be disposed of at a named location with Family present. Those that knew Rob will not be surprised by his wishes. It's a shame really because I would have been intrigued to see whether some of those who would have attended actually had wallets! (ROB ASKED ME TO WRITE THAT BIT). So that's it folks. Our family wishes all the very best to you and your families. Best regards, Jim.


I would like to inform any of my father's former RAF Police colleagues of his recent death. I regret to say Cpl Stuart Mentiply passed away peacefully 7th March 2016. If any former colleagues would like to attend his service it will take place
at 14.30 hrs , 23/3/16
Albert Munn Chapel,
Kettering Crematorium,
Rothwell Road,
NN16 8XE

Lynn Mentiply

I have Lynn's phone number - contact me for details.


I have been informed that a former member of the association, Sergeant Dave Bryant passed away aged 75 in a Horncastle Nursing home on Tuesday last (1 March 16). He served from 1960 to 1982.

Dave was a RAFPA member to 2008 and lived in Woodhall Spa. He formerly lived in Bingham and was stationed at RAF P&SS (Central Region) on SI where I knew him

The contact with Diane, Dave's widow, is Sheila Harris of Balderton, Newark who will send more details about funeral arrangements etc.

Brian Whitaker

Dave's Funeral is at Alford Crematorium Station Road, Alford LN13 9LH,on Monday 21 March at 3 pm.

Regret short notice but one daughter has come over from Canada and her return flight is the next day.

Please send any condolences to Mrs Diana Bryant, (address held by Webmaster)


Sqn Ldr Brian Murcutt of Watton, Norfolk, born 3 April 1934, died on 20 February 2016. He was a long time member of the RAF Police before being commissioned on 8 July 1965 and retiring on 9 April 1985.

Brian’s funeral will be at 1215 on Thursday 10th March at Mintlyn Crematorium, Lynn Road, King’s Lynn PE32 1HB.

The family have asked that there be no flowers but donations, if desired, can be made to a Masonic charity through Eirlys Johnson, Funeral Directors, 87 High Street, Watton, IP25 6AW, on 01953 889328.


From Facebook

Last night I received word that Tom Pearson ex snowdrop, passed away peaceful after a month in hospital. Julia and their daughter Vicky were at his bedside.
RIP Tom. Love to Julia and family. 

Sonia Leightley

Tom Pearson's funeral will take place at 1000am on Friday 4th March 2016 at Dukinfield Crematorium, Hall Green Road, Dukinfield SK16 4PE. Donations in lieu of flowers please to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund


It is with the greatest of sadness that our Member Ian Soulsby ex Mounted Police and QPD passed away last night. All of our thoughts go out to his wife Shirley and Family at this time. Ian was a gentle giant and a very good friend , we will miss him.

Alan Weeks 

NE Branch, RAFPA

On Monday 7th March at 15.30hrs,the Funeral Service of Ian Soulsby will be held at the Mountsett Crem, Ewshurst Road, Stanley. DH9 9JP. After the Service proceed to the Hobson Pub For a Buffet which is just a few minutes up the road on the left from the Crem on the A692 to Newcastle.
Please No Flowers, Collection for Madam Curie Cancer only. Thank you.



Information received that John 'Dutch' Mulholland QPD has died aged 55. Details of the funeral of John "Dutch" Mulholland.
Louise has asked me to post that Johns funeral service will be at the Lakeside Community Church, Doncaster, on Monday the 7th March at 1pm.


Message from Brian Flinn:
It is with deep personal sadness that I inform you of the sudden death of Steve Duckworth.
Steve and I served together on Support Sqn and remained friends after he left the RAF and started working in London in Hotel security.
In late 2015 Steve and his Brazilian born wife, Marlucy, moved to Brazil to fulfil their long held retirement dream, but 
Steve died on 10 February, aged 66, after a massive heart attack. Marlucy has informed me that she has honoured his wish to be buried in Brazil.
RIP old Mate.

Yesterday I was informed by Brian Flinn that our mutual friend Steve Duckworth had passed away suddenly in Brazil. I served with Steve on Support Squadron, and we had some good times on trips around the world and across Europe. He was a great colleague and an even better friend. After I left the RAFP we kept in touch, he met and married a lovely Brazilian lady called Marlucy whilst working on security at the Lansborough in Nightsbridge. We visited each other over the years, which was always enjoyable. I had my last conversation with Steve and Marlucy a few days before they left for a new life in Brazil and was making tentative plans to visit them this year. Sadly this was not to be. My sincere condolences to Marlucy and her family. I will miss you greatly Steve RIP my mate.

Pete Tittensor ex RAFP


I wish to announce the sad news of the death of Ex RAFP Sgt Martin Hay who passed away this morning at 0645 hrs. 

Philip E Fitchett

EMB Secretary

Funeral arrangements for Martin Hay BEM will be at 12.30 Tuesday 15th March at Lincoln Crematorium, Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Marty to SSAFA. Afterwards there will be refreshments at Welton Manor Golf Centre, Hackthorn Rd, Welton, Lincoln LN2 3PA.

I am saddened to hear about Marty who was my instructor when I took my CI course in 1975. Marty was a supporter of RAFPA but more than that he devoted himself to SAAFA after he left the RAF. Others will be able to expand on his SAAFA work. Marty RIP my friend

Neil Rusling

I second that - Marty was my CI Instructor too in 1977.  RIP Marty.

Steve Cattell

I first met Marty when he and I were LAC Station Policemen at RAF Stafford (16 MU) in 1957.
Our paths then went different ways, courtesy the RAF, until we met five or six years ago at a RAFPA function.
He was a keen member and although ill for a very long time he did his best to support the RAFPA (EMB).
He was awarded the BEM for his Services to SSAFA.
He was a Hell of a Nice Guy.
RIP Marty Hay, BEM.
A.E. Trevor Evans (Taff in 1957)


It is with great sadness that I find myself giving the news of the passing of Lee "LaLa" Johnson last night, Sat 13th Feb. 
Lee was a friend of many in here and also was my best man. 
Lee suffered with depression and was seeking help, but, in the end, he took his own life. 

The funeral for Lee will be Thursday 25th February at 13:00hrs, at Wrexham Cathedral. As it is a parade please feel free to wear medals. 

St Mary's Cathedral, Regent Street, Wrexham LL11 1RB, United Kingdom

RIP Snowdrop

Rest easy friend.

Kevin Toms


Just received an email from Sue Gleeson the daughter of Rick Kingdon. Former RAFP Sgt Rick Kingdom (78yrs) sadly died on Friday 29th January 2016 after a long illness. Sue is asking for an RAFP presence, with a Standard Bearer, at his funeral, date of which will be forwarded when known. Sue can be contacted on (number held by webmaster) and would appreciate a call from anyone who knew her dad. Rick was with me at 24PD Polemedia, It was sad to hear that his wife, Stella, passed away in October 2014. They lived in Wales.   Funeral is at 1345hrs on Wednesday 10th February at Narberth Crematorium. Address: Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8UD. 1

Martin Uden

So sorry to hear of the passing of Rick, and his wife Stella.
June and I knew both, when Rick served with me on the Police Flight at RAF Seletar in the mid-sixties
Another very sad loss.
Our deepest sympathy to Sue and the Kingdon Family.
Best wishes,
A.E. Trevor Evans (EMB)

Tim Swift, Pete Todd, Brian Flinn (RAFPA Wilts Branch Standard), Ken Humphreys (RAFA Standard), Mark Williams, Huw Rees and Kenneth Dalziel, who formed the Honour Guard today at the funeral of Richard Kingdon, in Pembrokeshire.


Just been passed to me - too late for the funeral but apparently it is hard to navigate the other website to find these things.

Death of Ken Stubbs 18/19 January 2016
The death of Ken Stubbs, a member of the Association for some 20 years occurred overnight. 
The funeral service took place at 1200 hours on 27th January 2016 at the Woodvale Crematorium, North Chapel, Brighton