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News of the 'Crossing of the Bar' of the Company's loyal staff, have been received since November 2012. We mourn, with sadness and with those they have left behind; may they forever rest in peace.


 

Received from Derek Warmington-

News has been received from Australia that David Dickinson passed away on Friday 15 September. He was in his early eighties and had been suffering from cancer.

David joined the Orient Line as an Assistant Purser in the 1950’s and sailed in Otranto and Orontes. He then left the sea and moved to Australia where he worked in the Orient Line (later P&O-Orient Lines) Passenger Booking Offices in Melbourne and Sydney. He was also involved with the opening of the P&O-Orient Lines Office in Canberra ACT.

He then took a senior position with Apex Travel for a number of years, before leaving to run the Post Office and General Stores on Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River in NSW. More recently, he and his wife had moved to Port Fairy in Victoria where they ran a Café.

There will be no funeral but, after cremation, his ashes will be scatted at sea off the coast of Victoria.


News has been received from Australia that Captain Michael Thomas de Meaune passed away on the 29th August.

He was in his late eighties and had been in a Care Home in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney for a number of years, suffering from dementia.  As Michael Thomas, he attended HMS Conway and joined P&O as a Deck Cadet in 1948, but in the mid 1950’s he changed his name to Michael Thomas de Meaune after a distant relative.  He left P&O around 1957 and moved to Australia where he continued his seagoing career with BHP, achieving command in 1972. In the mid 1970’s he left the sea and joined the Australian Department of Trade as a Surveyor and Examiner of Masters and Mates. Later, he was a Foundation Member and Director of the School of Navigation in Sydney.  He held the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve. 


 Paul Hartstone passed away on Tuesday 15 August at the age of 83.

Paul joined P&O as a Deck Cadet in 1951 but, unfortunately, when he completed his cadetship in 1954, he failed the required eyesight test that would have enabled him to continue his career as a Deck Officer and he had to leave. However, after National Service in the Royal Air Force, he re-joined P&O in the Import Freight Department in London and this led to him returning to sea as an Assistant Purser between 1956 and 1959.

His wife Yvonne (Dillon) was a Nursing Sister, who he met when they were both serving in Himalaya.


I have been informed that Jean Goater passed away on Saturday 5 August in a Care Home in Ashford, Kent. She was 87 and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s.

 Jean was a Social Hostess and later Entertainment Officer with P&O in the 1960’s. She may possibly have been the first female Officer to be promoted to this position, equivalent to that of Cruise Director today.

 After leaving the sea, she worked in Barbados for a while before returning to her original profession as an Almoner at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington in London until her retirement.


News has been received that Julian Hustwitt passed away on Thursday 27 July at the age of 74. He had been suffering from Leukaemia.

Julian was an Assistant Purser with the Orient Line and with P&O between 1960 and 1969. His last ship was Orsova. 

He spent most of his subsequent career working in the Middle East where he met his Thai wife, Joy and, when they retired, they moved to Chonburi, near Pattaya, in Thailand.

The funeral was on Saturday 6 August and his ashes were scattered at sea in the Gulf of Thailand.


 Mary Dornan passed away on Saturday 15 July at the age of 92.

 Mary was a Telephonist in the Briton Street and Dukes Keep Offices of P&O Cruises in Southampton until her retirement.


 News has been received from his daughter that John Howell, retired Chief Engineer Officer, passed away on the 8th July aged 90. He had been retired since 1985.


"I have been advised that Anna Stokoe passed away on the 19th June at the age of 77.

 As Anna Franklin, she was an Assistant Purser with P&O in the early 1960’s.


Captain Peter Clark passed away on Sunday 18 June in Poole, Dorset, at the age of 85.

 Peter attended Warsash College before joining P&O as a Deck Cadet and serving in passenger and cargo ships during the 1950/60’s. His wife Anne (Thompson) was a Nursing Sister who he met in Canberra. Later he was seconded ashore to assist with the setting-up of OCL, before returning to sea to take command with OCL/P&OCL until his retirement in 1990.


 

 

Received from Charlie Hill.....

 

 

"Sorry to be the bearer of such sad news, but last night (12th June) at 2130 Martyn Elliot lost his fight for life in hospital with his family by his side.

 

Chris would be very grateful if you could pass this message on to all the many colleagues and friends ashore, afloat and retired.

 

Martyn joined P&O as an Engineer Cadet on September 9th 1968. His first ship was the SS Pando Cape in 1970 and his final tour of duty was completed on Queen Victoria as Chief Engineer in January 2011.

 

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time."

 


Derek Warmington writes on 19th June: "I have just received the sad news that Robert (Bob) Phelan passed away some time last year (2016). He had been living in Singapore for the previous 45 years and would have been aged in his early ‘70’s.

Bob Phelan was at sea with P&O in the early 1960’s, initially as a Purser Cadet and then as an Assistant Purser, sailing in Iberia and in Oriana He then joined a Merchant Bank in the City of London and in 1972 he was transferred to Singapore.

A couple of years or so later, he left to set up his own Company selling insurance to Banks. He retired in 1991 after selling the Company.

 I regret that I have been unable to obtain any further information."


News has been received that Mancil “Maxie” Jones passed away on the 7th May. He was 80 years of age.

Maxie Jones was a Ship’s Carpenter with P&O between 1957 and 1986.


News has been passed to me that Maurice Marriott, former Chief Engineer Officer with P&O Cruises, passed away on 24 March at the age of 88. Maurice’s career began with the Medway Steam Packet Company before joining BI where he rose through the ranks to become Chief Engineer Officer In 1957 he transferred to P&O serving in a number of ships during the years that followed. He will be particularly remembered as the Chief Engineer Officer of ‘Spirit of London’ for the maiden voyage in 1972.

In the early 1980’s he transferred to P&O Ferries where he rose to become Engineering Superintendent, but decided to take early retirement after the merger with Townsend Thoreson.


 The sad news has been received from Carnival that Darren Ford died suddenly on board Oriana on Tuesday 21st March. He was serving there as Staff Chief Engineer and was just 45 years of age. He leaves a wife, Alma, and four children.

He had spent his whole career with the company, having originally joined P&O Princess as an Engineer Cadet in 1991.

 


The sad news has been received that Commodore John Chester passed away on the 3rd November 2016 at the age of 88. The Funeral took place on the 22nd November.

John Chester joined P&O as a Cadet in 1944 after pre-sea training at Warsash, and spent his entire career at sea with P&O, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises. He retired as Commodore of the Fleet in 1988.


 The news has been passed to me that Gerald Wallington-Hayes passed away on 8 January after losing a long battle with cancer. He was 86.

Gerald was an Assistant Purser with P&O in the 1950’s but in 1957 he left to become a Chief Steward with Ellerman Lines. In later life he was a councillor with Tendring Council and Harwich Town Council and was the Mayor of Harwich. He was awarded an MBE in 2003 for services to the community.


 News has been received that Daphne Clarke passed away in a Nursing Home in Fordingbridge on 31 December at the age of 92.

Daphne served at sea with P&O as a Stenographer and her first ship was ‘Maloja’ in 1954. She stayed until the late 1950’s when she left to join Union Castle in their West End office.


Eileen van Lelyveld passed away on 14 December after a long illness. She was 84.

 As Eileen Crone, she was a Social Hostess with P&O in the 1960’s before leaving to join Southern Ferries, working on board ‘Eagle’ trading between Southampton and Tangier. It was while on shore leave in Lisbon that she met her husband, Lucas.

 In the late 1970’s they moved to Dubai where she became the Social Manager of the Dubai Country Club, and then in 1984/5 moved to the port of Fujairah. They retired to Corfe Castle in Dorset in 1995/96.

Michael Penney passed away on the 2nd December at the age of 87.

Michael joined P&O as a Deck Cadet in 1945 and served at sea until 1955 by which time he had risen to 2nd Officer. He then transferred ashore into management and during the period until he left in 1980 was a senior manager in a variety of roles in General Cargo Division, OCL, Container Fleets, P&O Ferries and Bulk Shipping Division. He then set up his own shipping consultancy and spent a period as MD of Geest Line before becoming the UK agent and distributor for a company that marketed solar panels and generators.

He achieved the rank of Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve, and in 1975 was appointed an Aide de Camp to Her Majesty the Queen and awarded the OBE.


Linda Harrison (née Wilson)

Linda Harrison passed away on the 22nd November after losing a long battle with cancer. She was 69.

Linda was one of the identical triplets who became well known as ‘The Karlins’, a cabaret act, which performed initially on board Canberra and Oriana in the 1970’s and later as a duo on board Sun Princess, Island Princess and Pacific Princess.

Her second career was initially with Allders on board P&O Ferries, and then as a Management Consultant, both in UK and overseas.


David Crowshaw

 David Crowshaw passed away on the 23rd November at the age of 74. He had been ill for some time.

David initially joined P&O in the 1960’s as a Catering Rating, but left after 18 months to join the Army for nine years, where he specialised in bomb disposal. He then re-joined P&O in the early 1970’s and was employed in a number of different positions on board during the following years, including Linenkeeper and Assistant Supervisor. The ships he sailed in included Chusan, Island Princess, Sea Princess, Canberra and Oriana, until he finally left in 1986 when Oriana was withdrawn from service.


Fred Luckham

Fred Luckham passed away on the 6th November. He was aged in his late 80’s.

Fred was a retired Technical Superintendent with P&O/Princess who started his career with the New Zealand Shipping Company.


Joe Grubb

 oe Grubb died suddenly on the 29th October aged 56.

 Joe was an Electro-Technical Officer (Electrical) who was with P&O/Princess from 1984 to 1997 when he left the Company to work ashore. His last ship was ‘Victoria’ where he was 1st Electro-Technical Officer.


Tim Hughes

Tim passed away on Thursday 27 October at the age of 81.

 Tim joined the Orient Line as an Assistant Purser in the 1950’s progressing to become a Deputy Purser before transferring to the shore staff. During his subsequent career with the P&O Group he specialised in Personnel and Training and at the time of his retirement he was the Personnel Manager of Three Quays, which included Peninsular Electronics, Broadgate Limited and Marine Safety Services.


This is to advise you all the sad news that Isabel Stadden passed away on Thursday 20 October after a long illness. She was 78.

 As Isabel Menzies she was a Nursing Sister with P&O in the 1960’s. Her husband Michael (Mike) Stadden was an Assistant Purser with P&O and later a Purser with P&O North Sea Ferries.


The news has been passed to me that Commodore Chief Engineer Officer David H Smith passed away on Thursday 15 September, aged 93.

David (known to his Engineer colleagues as ‘DH’) first went to sea with Royal Mail Lines in the early years of World War II before joining P&O in September 1944. During the years which followed he worked his way up to Chief Engineer Officer and finally to Commodore Chief Engineer Officer of P&O Cruises. He retired in December 1982 having spent the last several years of his service in Canberra.


News has been received from Australia that Ian Coull passed away in Sydney on Tuesday 9th August at the age of 84.

Ian joined P&O from Clan Line in 1954 as 4th Officer and stayed until 1967 by which time he had risen to be Chief Officer. He then emigrated to Australia where he was with OCL/P&OCL for many years before taking up a senior management position with Swire Group subsidiary, Frigmobile.


Diana Evans passed away on 30 July at the age of 74.

 

As Diana Hogan, she was a Nursing Sister with P&O from 1969 until some time in the early 1970’s mainly in Oriana.


I have been asked to pass on the sad news that Xavier Pitarque passed away recently in Barcelona at the age of 77.

I would not normally send out a message about someone who was not a P&O employee, but as the Managing Director of the Port Agency which acted for P&O in most of the Spanish ports of call, Xavier Pitarque was a personal friend of many of the Captains and Senior Officers who are now retired from P&O Cruises.

 In 2012 he was a guest at the P&O Pensioners’ Reunion Luncheon and also took part in the P&O Golf Day.


Hugh Slavin passed away on Sunday 24th July at the age of 76.

Hugh joined P&O as a Musician/Drummer in the 1960’s and sailed in Himalaya and Chusan. In 1968 he transferred ashore to the Entertainments Department, eventually becoming Head of Entertainments. He left in 1984 having chosen not to relocate when the department moved from London to Southampton.

 Although he passed away in London, he had lived in Gibraltar since 1992 except for two years in the late 1990’s.


News has been passed to me that Brian Love passed away on 30 June at the age of 82.

 Brian was an Engineer Officer who went to sea in 1954 with Shaw Savill and Furness Withy before joining P&O in 1959. He served in a number of cargo ships as well as the passenger ships Corfu, Himalaya, Canberra and Oriana. He left P&O in October 1978 by which time he was Senior Second Engineer Officer. He was married to Dorothy Munt, who was a former Social Hostess he met when they were both in Himalaya.


I have received the sad message below from Carola Ingall and I am forwarding this on to you all in its entirety.

“Commander John Woollen RNR (Retd) died last Wednesday, the 22nd June 2016, aged 83, after a long illness borne with great courage and dignity.  At the age of 14 he joined HMS WORCESTER, where he became Chief Cadet Captain, although he was a year younger than most of his intake.  At 16 he joined P&O as a cadet, his first ship being SOCOTRA, at the same time as being accepted for the Royal Naval Reserve.  He served with P&O for about 20 years, mostly but not entirely in passenger liners including all the STRATHs as well as HIMALAYA and CHUSAN.  Royal Naval ships included the aircraft carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS for 6 months and the destroyer HMS CARRON.  Upon leaving the sea, he joined Trinity House as a Pilot in the eastern Channel, Dover Straits and round into the Thames Estuary.  When his mother died, he left Trinity House and ran the family property business until his death. He lived in Saltwood with his wife Margaret (nee Price) a former Nursing Sister in P&O, who died in 2002.  They had four daughters.  In later years his partner was Carola Ingall, a former Assistant Purser with P&O.


"It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you of the death of John Murphy, Bars Manager on board Oriana.

John had been on leave before becoming seriously ill and sadly passed away on Monday 30 May.

John started with the company as a Bartender in 2001 progressing through the ranks to become a Bars Manager, serving on ships across the P&O Fleet for 14 years, John was a well known, highly liked member of the team and will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his parents, sister, friends and all of his colleagues at this sad time. As a mark of respect, the Carnival House flags will be lowered today.

Should anyone require any further support then they should make contact with the CARE Office either directly or through their HR Manager on board.

Kind Regards

David

David Noyes  |  Chief Executive

+44 (0)7917 520070
pocruises.com | cunard.co.uk
Carnival House, 100 Harbour Parade, Southampton SO15 1ST

Assistant: Kate Holloway  |  
kate.holloway@carnivalukgroup.com
+44 (0)23 8065 5322 |  +44 (0)7984 467603


John ‘Dusty’ Miller passed away peacefully on Thursday, 19 May, aged 87.

Dusty was at sea with P&O throughout the 1950’s and early 1960’s as an Assistant Purser and Deputy Purser. In the mid 1960’s, as a result of ill health, he transferred to the shore staff. He was initially in the P&O West End Office, but later he moved to the Fleet Personnel Department, joining there as the Welfare and Travel Officer before becoming the Senior Fleet Personnel Officer responsible for the appointment of all Pursers and Entertainment Officers. He retired in 1986.


Captain Chris Upjohn – died in Western Australia on 10 May 2016 aged 77 

Chris joined P&O as a Cadet in the late 1950’s and left in the early 1970’s when he was a Chief Officer. He then joined the offshore supply industry as a Master before becoming a Rigmaster based in Aberdeen.

Eileen Christie – died 8 March 2016 aged 86

Eileen was a Social Hostess with P&O for most of the 1960’s.

Calvin Lodge – died 8 February 2016 aged in his late 40’s

Calvin was with P&O/Princess from 1991 to 1997 as an Assistant Purser and was a Senior Assistant Purser (Catering) when he left to join Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), where he rose to become their youngest ever Hotel Manager (Purser). 

Gifford Hodgeman – died in Sydney on 1 February 2016 aged 89

Gifford joined the P&O West End Office in the early 1950’s. After a few years he transferred to sea staff as an Assistant Purser and eventually became a Deputy Purser.  He left in the mid 1970’s to start a new life in Australia. 

 Andrea Giles - died 12 January 2016 aged 39

As Andrea Beck, she was an Electro-Technical Officer with P&O/Princess from 1998 to 2006.

Brian Reynolds – died 10 January 2016 aged 72

Brian joined P&O as a Cadet Purser in 1961 and remained at sea as an Assistant Purser until 1965 when he left to start a new career with HM Customs.

Mona Hansing – died 7 January 2016 aged 76

As Mona Davies, she was a Children’s Hostess with P&O in the 1970’s.

Tommy Murphy – died 23 December 2015 aged 79

Tommy was a Pastry Chef and Chief Baker with P&O from 1967 to 1997.

Jerry Robinson – died 10 December 2015 aged 64

Jerry joined P&O in the 1980’s to become the resident Choreographer, and later Choreographic Director, of the Stadium Theatre Company on board Canberra.

Jennifer Snookes – died 2 December 2015 aged 67

As Jenny Rooke, she was a Woman Assistant Purser with P&O in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s.

Commodore Michael Moulin – died 22 November 2015 aged 72

Mike joined P&O as a Cadet and spent his whole career with the Company, achieving command in 1981 and retiring as Commodore of Princess Cruises.

Commodore Engineer Officer Toni Mazonowicz MBE – died 31 Oct. 2015 aged 91

Toni will be remembered as the Chief Engineer Officer (later Commodore Chief) of the first ORIANA. He joined the ship for the maiden voyage in December 1960 and remained with ORIANA until his retirement in 1984. 

Anthony “Roger” Warren – died 16 August 2015 aged 83

Roger joined the Management Services Division of the P&O Group in the 1970’s. In the early 1980’s he became Fleet Operations Manager of P&O Ferries in London and then Fleet Manager of the Southampton/Le Havre route.

G.R. (Reg) Steele died in Sydney in August 2015

Reg was the Director of Corporate Communications for P&O Australia.

Maurice Onslow – died 3 August 2015 aged 79

Maurice joined the Orient Line in 1956 as an Assistant Purser and remained at sea until 1971 by which time he had become Purser. He then transferred ashore as an Assistant Superintendent Purser with P&O, later becoming the General Manager of Hotel Services until his retirement.

Brenda Hyatt

As Brenda Matthews she worked in P&O Travel during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Initially as the secretary to the Managing Director, but later in various positions including one where she was responsible for the travel arrangements of all of the Directors and Senior Managers of the P&O Group.

Gwyn Williams – died in July 2015

Together with his wife, Stephanie, Gwyn was the organiser of the ‘Music at Sea Festivals’ held on board the P&O ships for many years.

Christine McFarlin – died 21 June 2015

As Christine Clarke, she was a Social Hostess/Entertainment Officer in the early 1970’s 

Roger Porter – died 24 May 2015 aged 82

Roger joined the Orient Line as a Purser Cadet in 1949 and became Purser in 1961. In the mid 1960’s he transferred ashore as an Assistant Superintendent Purser with P&O, later becoming Catering Manager before leaving in the 1970’s.

He held the rank of Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve, and was also an A.D.C to H.M. the Queen.

 Brian Redman – died 18 May 2015 aged 70/71

 Brian joined P&O in the mid 1960’s and eventually became a Chef de Cuisine with P&O Cruises and with Princess Cruises. He left in 1986.

 Russell Peters – died 1 May 2015 aged 83

 Russell joined P&O as a Deck Cadet in 1949 and remained at sea until the late 1950’s when he was seconded ashore as Cadet Training Officer. He then moved into Freight Marketing but left in the early 1970’s to join Fyffes where he was to become Chief Executive of their Shipping Division. Later, he became a Director of a P&I Club.

 Terry Gooch – died 26 April 2015

 Terry was a Baker and Pastry Chef with P&O between 1957 and 1961.

 Peter Hodge – died 21 March 2015 aged 82

 Peter joined the Orient Line in 1950 as a Purser’s Officer and rose to be Deputy Purser until the late 1960’s.

 Danny McLaughlin – died 19 March 2015 aged 81

 Danny was a Chief Baker with P&O from the 1950’s until the mid 1980’s.

 Bob Gardener – died in Melbourne 25 February 2015

 Bob worked for MacDonald Hamilton in Melbourne for many years, and, in 1963 he spent a period in the P&O Passenger Booking Office in Cockspur Street, London, as part of the Exchange Scheme.

 Tom Allard – died 2 February 2015

 Tom was a Deck Officer with BI and later was Assistant Cargo Superintendent with P&O General Cargo Division in London.

 Mike Beak – died 31 January 2015

 Mike was a Deck Officer with BI and later with P&O Princess but was obliged to leave the sea as a result of ill health in the late 1970’s when he was Chief Officer.

 David Carr – died 13 January 2015

 David was a Deck Officer who began his seagoing career with P&O but left in the late 1960’s when he was either 3rd or 2nd Officer to join Cunard where he rose to Captain.


 John Eden – died 31 December 2014

 John, who is believed to have been in his late 60’s, joined P&O in the 1970’s as Restaurant staff and sailed in Oriana (1) as a Section Waiter. He then transferred to Princess Cruises, initially as a Public Room Steward and then as a Bartender. He remained with Princess Cruises until his retirement.

 Ian Stewart – died in December 2014

 Ian was an Engineer Officer with P&O who spent many years as Chief Engineer Officer of Canberra.

 John Children – died 18 November 2014 aged 84

 John retired from P&O Princess in 1993 as Management Accountant, having originally joined the Orient Line in 1950.

 Ken Hobbs – died 25 October 2014 aged 87

 Ken joined BI in 1948 and eventually rose to be Chief Engineer Officer of Nevasa and Uganda in the 1960’s and early 1970’s when these ships were operating Educational Cruises. After these two ships became part of P&O Passenger Division in 1971, Ken transferred to Princess Cruises to become Chief Engineer Officer of Sun Princess and retired in 1987 as Commodore Chief Engineer Officer of P&O Princess.

 Jane Hobbs (Shepherd) – died 2 November 2014 aged 75

 Jane was an Assistant Purser with P&O in the early 1960’s, sailing in Orcades  and Chusan where she met her late husband, Chris Hobbs, who was also an Assistant Purser.

 Lauria Miles (Gibson) – died 17 October 2014

 Lauria was a Stenographer/Woman Assistant Purser with P&O in Chusan and Iberia from 1960 to 1961.

 Basil Hugh Staniland – died 17 October 2014 in Sydney aged 98

 Basil Staniland was originally with the Orient Line in Sydney before becoming the Branch Manager of the Perth Office in 1956. Later he returned to Sydney to become a Director of P&O Orient Lines and a Director of P&O Australia.

 Fred Brand – died 27 April 2014 aged 86

 “Fred the Bread” as he was affectionately known to his shipboard colleagues, was a Chief Baker with P&O.

 Patricia Craig – died in September 2014

 Pat Craig was a Children’s Hostess with the Orient Line who sailed in Orsova in 1960 but left two years later to continue her teaching career.

 Douglas Williams BEM – died 12 September 2014 aged 87

 Douglas was a Bars Manager whose career with the Orient Line, and later with P&O, spanned 43 years.

 Ian Minchin – died 24 June 2014 aged 76

 Ian was an Assistant Purser with the Orient Line in the 1950’s and later spent a period working in the Orient Line office in Adelaide before returning to live in UK.

 Andrew Macauley – died 24 June 2014 aged 42

 Andy joined P&O Princess as an Engineer Cadet in 1988 and at the time of his untimely death was a Chief Engineer Officer with Carnival UK.

 Geoff Seddon – died 6 June 2014 in Vancouver aged 69

 Geoff joined the New Zealand Shipping Co. as an Engineer Officer in 1966 and after that Company became part of P&O General Cargo Division in 1971, he transferred to P&O Cruises.  After settling ashore in Vancouver in 1977, he initially had his own marine consultancy before joining Transport Canada as a Marine Surveyor until his retirement in 2009.

 Elizabeth Kelley (Coles)

 Elizabeth was a Nursing Sister with the Orient Line, sailing in Oronsay in the late 1950’s.

 Thelma Hughes (Beale) died 20 April 2014

 Thelma was an Assistant Purser with the Orient Line, sailing in Orsova in the late 1950’s.

Ralph Winzinger – died aged 51

 Ralph was with P&O Cruises as an Executive Chef from 1996 to 2005.

 Lisa Betteridge (Connell) – died 26 March 2014

 Lisa was with P&O as a Social Hostess and Entertainment Officer from 1972 to 1979.

 Dr Rodney Leach – died 23 March 2014 aged 82

 Dr Leach joined the P&O Group in 1971 from McKinsey & Co. as Head of the Ferries and Road Haulage Division, before becoming Head of P&O Passenger Division (P&O Cruises).  In 1985 he left to become Chief Executive Officer of the Vickers Shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness and Cammel Laird in Birkenhead/Liverpool

 Tony Martin – died 16 March 2014 in the USA aged 71

 Tony joined P&O in 1972 as an Entertainment Officer and rose to become a Cruise Director with Princess Cruises. He left in the late 1970’s and remained in the USA.

 Peter Austin – died 1 January 2014 aged 92

Peter attended HMS Conway before joining P&O as a Deck Cadet, but was forced to leave the sea due to ill health during his first voyage. He then became involved in the Brewing industry through his family and spent the rest of his working life setting up breweries around the world. In total, he built some 140 breweries in 17 countries.

 


2013

Gwyn Hughes – died on 18 December 2013 aged 65.

Gwyn joined P&O cruises in 1983 to head up Reservations, Customer Services and Revenue Management, and then in 1986 set up Princess Cruises in UK.  From 1988 to 2000 he was Managing Director of P&O Cruises and then, after a period with P&O Princess Cruises plc, left in 2003 to start his own business.

Patrick Walsh– died on 25 November 2013 aged 80.

Pat was a Head Waiter with P&O and then later was an Accommodation Supervisor with Princess Cruises.

Bryan Redsell – died on 23 November 2013 aged 81.

During a long career with P&O which began in 1949 in Tilbury, Bryan held various positions in Reservations, Sales and Marketing including periods spent as Shore Excursions Manager and Entertainments Manager. In the late 1970’s/early 1980’s he was also the Sales and Marketing Manager for BI Educational Cruising.

Ron Benzmann – died on 10 November 2013 aged 90.

Ron was a Carpenter with the Orient Line and with P&O from the early 1950’s until 1972.

Jim O’Connor – died on 10 November 2013 aged 73.

Jim joined P&O as an Electrical Officer in 1965 and stayed on with P&O Princess to become a 1st Electro-Technical Officer,  retiring in 1997.

Richard Ellison (known as Fred) – died on 28 October 2013 aged 75.

“Fred” was an Assistant Purser with the Orient Line and P&O between the mid 1950’s and 1962.

Ted Farrow – died 13 October 2013 aged 77.

Ted was a Deck Officer with P&O from 1954 until the mid 1960’s. In 1979 he joined P&O Jet Ferries operating a Boeing Jetfoil between London and Ostend. After this operation closed he moved to Hong Kong to join the new owners operating the Jetfoil between Hong Kong and Macau. Later he was to be General Secretary of the MN Guild Hong Kong following which he moved into Marine Insurance and consultancy until his retirement.

John Rainbow – died on 31 March aged 68

John was a Cook with P&O in the 1960’s. After leaving P&O, he and his late wife, Lyn (Ramage), ran a Hotel in Scotland.

Jack Playfair  - died on 15 September aged 84.

Jack was the last to be appointed as “The P&O Agent” in Aden in the late 1960’s. On returning to UK, he joined General Cargo Division and later transferred to OCL/P&OCL as a Trade Manager, where he remained until retirement.

Penny Hartley (Matthews) died on 4 October after a long illness.

Penny initially joined Princess Cruises in 1986 as a Stateroom Stewardess, but then worked her way up through Receptionist to Assistant Purser and to Senior Assistant Purser/Shore Excursions Manager. After leaving Princess, she worked for Swan Hellenic as a Cruise Manager and later for Hebridean Cruises as a Shore Excursions Manager.

Alan Donaldson has died after a long illness.

Alan was a 2nd Laundryman in Canberra from 1971 until 1997 when the ship was withdrawn. After leaving P&O, he remained at sea with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary until his retirement.

Nick Lampe died in Sydney on 10 October aged 66 after a long illness.

Nick joined P&O as a Cadet in 1964 and remained at sea with P&O until reaching the rank of 1st Officer when he transferred to OCL.  After 18 months serving at sea with OCL, he took a shore position as a Cargo Manager and then in 1976 was offered a senior position with OCL in Sydney where he remained until retirement.

JOHN LE CORNU – died on the 17th July 2013 aged 65.

John was an Assistant Purser with P&O Cruises from 1970 to 1974.

RICHARD (DICK) SPREAD – died on the 25th May 2013.

A Deck Officer with P&O, Dick left in the mid 1980’s with the rank of Chief Officer/Acting Deputy Captain.

CLAIRE TOWLE (YATES) – died on the 1st May 2013 aged 82.

Claire was an Assistant Purser with Orient Line and P&O in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

L.JOHN ROCKELL – died on the 1st May 2013 aged 63.

“Rocky” was a Chief Engineer Officer with P&O Princess who at the time of his untimely death was in Technical Management with Carnival Cruises, Miami.

ALAN MOUTREY – died on the 12th April 2013 aged 77.

Alan was an Assistant Purser with Orient Line in the late 1950’s.

TOBY HINSON (FROST) – died on the 8th April aged 57.

Toby joined Princess Cruises in the 1970’s and was employed in the on board Casinos. She then joined the Princess Cruises Head Office in Los Angeles where she became the Administration Manager of the Fleet Personnel Department, leaving in 2005.

TOM WALKINGTON – died in April 2013 aged 80.

Tom joined P&O in 1953 as an Engineer Officer and achieved the rank of Chief Engineer Officer in 1963. In 1967 he joined the Technical Department of P&O Cruises as a Technical Superintendent, retiring in 1993.

DAVID WOOLDRIDGE – died on the 15th March 2013 aged 71.

David was the Senior Fleet Personnel Officer responsible for the appointment of Deck and Radio Officers in P&O Princess but was obliged to take ill-health retirement in 1986.

MALCOLM BORLAND – died on the 27th February 2013.

Joined P&O as a Cadet and remained at sea to become Chief Officer. He left to become a Nautical Surveyor after obtaining his Extra Master’s Certificate.

 KEN WAITE – died on the 26th February 2013 aged 78.

Ken was in Sales and Marketing with P&O Cruises before transferring to P&O Ferries in Southampton. He was later with Brittany Ferries until his retirement.

KIRK LONG – died on the 20th February 2013 aged 44.

At the time of his untimely death, Kirk was the General Manager of Retail Services within the Hotel Operations of Carnival UK.

PETER HARPER – died on the 19th February 2013 aged 71.

Peter was a Chief Butcher with P&O Cruises in the 1970’s.

EDMUND VOWLES – died on the 14th February 2013 aged 87

Edmund joined Orient Line in 1946 and held various senior positions in Sales and Marketing in P&O. At the time of his retirement in 1987, he was Managing Director of Swan Hellenic.

ROME WHITAMORE – died on the 10th February 2013.

Rome was an Assistant Purser with P&O in the 1960’s. She was later with P&O Ferries in Dover.

JOHN TURNER – died on the 3rd February 2013 aged 68.

John was a General Manager (Fleet) with P&O Princess in the 1980’s before transferring to P&OCL in South Africa where took charge of their Container Operations in Cape Town until his retirement.

ROLAND RUSSELL – died on the 16th January 2013 aged 87.

Roland was the Administration Manager of the Technical Department of P&O Princess in Southampton. He retired in 1985.

JAMES (JIMMY) O’BYRNE – died on the 1st January 2013 aged 72.

Jimmy was a Chef de Cuisine with P&O Cruises who left in 1986.


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