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We record with sadness the passing of friends and colleagues

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To be published in the winter 2019 edition of the Northumbria Bobby

              NB 'Late notice' or 'Late notification' are terms used to explain why the notice appears after the funeral has taken place. It is not used to imply that someone is at fault for the late entry. 

George Bell

George died on Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 aged 64 years. He leaves a widow, Janet. His funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Thursday, 13th June, 2019 at South Shields Crematorium. 

William Hannah

Bill died on the 5th June, 2019 aged 90 years. His funeral will take place at 2pm on Friday, 5th July, 2019 at Sunderland crematorium. Bill, who came from Whitburn, started his police career with Wolverhampton Police, where he served in uniform and CID before transferring to Sunderland Borough Police on promotion to inspector. His service saw him as a member of both Durham County and Northumbria police forces and he was, for a time, superintendent at Jarrow. He retired in 1977 with the rank of chief superintendent. Following his retirement from the police service, Bill studied for and passed his Bar examinations and practiced out of Chambers in Newcastle upon Tyne. Later, he was appointed to the bench as a Crown Court judge on the North East Circuit. 

Malcolm Woodhall

Malcolm died on the 14th June, 2019 ages 80 years. He leaves a widow, Norleen. His funeral will take place at 11am on Wednesday 26th June, 2019 at St Mary's Church, Hexham. Amongst a range of duties, Malcolm was on Traffic at Hexham. In his off-duty life, he was a well-respected local football referee. 

Terence Taylor Rutherford

Terry died recently aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Mildred. His funeral will take place at 11.15am on Friday, 19th July, 2019 at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. Terry joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1958  and, after 10 years service, was promoted to DS and posted to Ashington CID. On promotion to inspector, he was posted to Courts' Liaison. Terry's final promotion to chief inspector saw him move to Traffic Management. He retired from the service in 1988 and became a member of South Tyneside Council's traffic management department.

Gordon Pickersgill

Gordon died on the 7th July, 2019 aged 84 years. His funeral will take place at 12.15pm on Thursday 25th July 2019 at St. Gabriel's Church followed by interment at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery. Gordon retired as a constable having joined Sunderland Borough Police and, later, through amalgamations, serving with Durham and Northumbria Police. He was as a member of J Unit in the Pennnywell area and is remembered for his work there and for his turnout,  being described as smart, meticulous and proud to wear his uniform and display his medal ribbons, awarded when a member of HM Forces.

Jean Goodfellow (nee Deane)

Jean died on Tuesday 16th July, 2019 aged 71 years. Her funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, 5th August, 2019 at Mountsett Crematorium. During her service, Jean worked at Newcastle West End, Felling and the Control Room before a posting to Whickham from where she retired as a constable in 1995. Many will remember Jean was a first class athlete who represented the force on a number of occasions, as well as a first class police officer. 

Jeanette Hooper (nee Allen)

Jeanette died on the Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 aged 88 years. Her funeral took place on Tuesday 30th July, 2019 at Embleton Parish Church, Northumberland. Jeannette joined the West Riding Police in 1955 and transferred as a sergeant to Durham Constabulary. Two years thereafter, she transferred as an inspector to Newcastle City Police and, after a further two years, to Hull City as a chief inspector. Within two years of her arrival at Hull, Jeannette successfully applied for appointment as superintendent i/c Policewomen's Department. When the role off male and female police officers was integrated, Jeannette became o.i.c. Carlton Police Station. She moved back to Northumberland when she retired.

Brian Foley

Brian died on Saturday, 24th July, 2019 aged 53 years. a private funeral will take place on Monday, 12th August, 2019. Brian retired as a sergeant in 2017 and lived in the Cramlington area. 

Thomas Pearce

Tom died on Monday, 29th July, 2019 aged 94 years. His funeral will take place at 10.30am on Monday, 19th August, 2019 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Tom was a Newcastle City officer, joining in the 1940s, and spent much of his service In Traffic. On promotion to sergeant, he worked in both the East and West End divisions before retiring from the Control Room at the Kylins, Morpeth in the 1970s. 

Wallace Muir Easdon

Wally died  On Monday 5th August 2019. His funeral was  held on Thursday,15th August, 2019. A full obituary entry will appear in the winter edition of the Northumbria Bobby.

Joseph Gibb

Joe died on 3rd August, 2019 aged 82 years. He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor. Joe's funeral will take place at 10.30 am on Thursday, 22nd August, 2019 at St Alban's Church, Earsdon, Whitley Bay. He joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1958 and, in 1961, was a PC at Cambois. During his service, Joe served at Ponteland, Newburn, Gosforth and Wansbeck, retiring as an inspector in 1993

Andrew Gordon Murray

Gordon died on the 7th August, 2019 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Joy.  Gordon's funeral will take place at 1.30 pm on Friday, 16th August, 2019 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. He joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1954 and was posted to Gosforth later, serving at Cramlington, Berwick and Lemington. Gordon will probably be remembered by many for his role as a driving instructor and being the Chief's driver.

John Wheatley

John died on the 8th August, 2019 aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Lillian. John's funeral will take place at 3.30 pm on Thursday, 22nd August, 2019 at Mountsett Crematorium. Details of John's service history are not yet to hand.

Derek Purdy

Derek died on the 17th August, 2019 aged 79 years. He leaves a widow, Pamela. Derek's funeral will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 at Blyth Crematorium, Cowpen Road, Blyth. Derek retired as a sergeant in 1990 to live in the Stobhill district of Morpeth. For some of his service, Derek was on Motor Patrol. 

John Tweddell

Jack died on the 28th August, 2019 aged 88 years. He was a widower. His funeral will take place at 11.15am on Wednesday, 11th September, 2019 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Jack was a Northumberland County police officer, joining in 1953. He spent many years as a detective sergeant in North Shields CID before being promoted and moving to HQ, Ponteland where he retired as a detective inspector in 1987. 

Alfred Sarin 

Alfie died on the 25th September, 2019 aged 79 years. He leaves a widow, Maureen. His funeral will take place at 1am on Friday, 11th October, 2019 at Preston Cemetery, Tynemouth. Alfie retired as a constable in 1988 to live in North Tyneside. Alfie was an ex-Newcastle City police officer.

Gordon Southern

Gordon died recently (date not supplied) aged 84 years. A service of thanksgiving will be held at 2pm on Monday, 14th October, 2019 at Trinity Methodist Church, Hexham. Gordon joined Tynemouth Borough in 1955 where he worked as a uniformed constable, detective and then coroner's officer from which post he retired in 1985. Follow his retirement from the police service, Gordon worked as deputy registrar for North Tyneside. Gordon requested that black ties be not worn at the service.

Douglas John Duncan

Jack died recently (date not supplied) aged 99 years. His funeral will take place at 12 noon on Thursday, 24th October, 2019 at St Mary's Church Morpeth followed by a private cremation. Jack retired as a superintendent in 1976 to live in the Morpeth area.

Robert Nicholson 

Bob died on Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 aged 82 years. He leaves a widow, Kathleen. His funeral will take place at 11.00am on Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019 at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Nottingham. Bob retired as a sergeant in 1983 and moved to Wollaton in Nottingham to live with his family.

James Patrick Callan

Jim died on the 17th October, 2019 aged 74 years. He is survived by his widow. Jim's funeral will be held on Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 at Sunderland Crematorium. Jim was a well-respected CID officer with service in surveillance and retired in 1995. Unfortunately, the time of Jim's funeral is not to hand.

David Hoskins

David died on the 15th October, 2019 aged 96 years. His funeral will take place at 10am on Saturday, 26th October, 2019 at the Baptist Tabernacle Church, Marsden Road, South Shields, David retired as a sergeant in 1977.