We record with sadness the passing of friends and colleagues

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To be published in the winter 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.


Anthony James Smith

Tony died on 2nd May, 2017. Cremation took place on Thursday 18th May. 2017 and it was followed by a service of thanksgiving. Tony's collar number  was 912 but, unfortunately, nothing further is known of his service history.

Janis Banks (McDade)

Janis died on the 11th May, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Colin. The funeral service will take place at 11.15am on Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017 at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. Janis served at Byker and Gateshead.

John Anthony Martinez

John died recently aged 41 years. His funeral will be held at 11.30am on Tuesday, 30th May, 2017 at Nab Wood Crematorium, Bradford.  John retired early in service, taking a deferred pension in2009. Nothing further is known of his service history.

Richard Benson

Dick died on the 19th May, 2017 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Jean. Dick's funeral will be held at 10.40am on Wednesday, 31st May, 2017 at St. John's Methodist Church, Ashbrooke Road, Sunderland  followed by cremation at Sunderland Crematorium. Dick retired as a uniformed sergeant from Ryhope and became a regular attender at NARPO meetings.

Vera Beattie

Vera, whose husband was Inspector Colin Beattie, died on the 19th May, 2017. No further details are available.

Selby Harris

Selby died on the 8th June, 2017. His funeral will be held at 2pm on Friday, 23rd June, 2017 at Sunderland Crematorium. Mourners are requested to meet at the crematorium directly before the service. Family members request that friends meet at Bellini, Seaburn, after the service to remember Selby's life. A member of Northumbria Police, Selby retired as a sergeant.

Lindsay Suddick

Lindsay died on the 31st May, 2017 aged 62 years. He is survived by his widow, Kay. Lindsay retired in 1979. Funeral details awaited.

Richard Benson

Richard died on the 19th May, 2017 aged 89 years. He is survived by his widow, Jean. No funeral details have been released. Richard, who retired in 1983, lived and served in the Sunderland area.

Joan Muriel Hunt

Joan died on the 7th June, 2017 ages 88 years. Her funeral will take place at 12 noon on Monday, 26th June, 2017 at St John the Evangelist, Norley Road, Norley, Cheshire, WA6 8NE. Joan had a varied career. She joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1949 and saw service as a Woman Inspector at HQ in 1962.  Joan was also a member of the Cheshire and Somerset forces, saw service in Cyprus during the emergency and was a member of HMI staff. She retired with the rank of chief superintendent.

Gordon McKenzie

Mac died on the 14th June, 2017 aged 87 years. His funeral will take place at 12.45pm on Monday, 26th June, 2017 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. He was predeceased by his wife. Mac joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1950 and retired as a chief inspector. Amongst other postings, he was stationed at Stobhill, Alnwick, Berwick and Blyth.

Selby Peter George Harris

Selby died on the 6th June, 2017 aged 57 years. He leaves a widow, Caroline. His funeral will take place at Sunderland Crematorium at 2pm on Friday 23rd June, 2017. Selby joined Northumbria Police in the 1970s and retired as a uniformed sergeant.

Gillian Miller (nee Fullick)

Gillian, aged 65 years, died on the 16th June, 2017 , following a short illness. She leaves a widower, Colin, a retired Northumbria Police sergeant. Gillian's funeral will take place at Sunderland Crematorium at 10am on Monday, 3rd July, 2017. Gillian was a former Durham Constabulary officer, transferring to Northumbria after amalgamation. She served at Sunderland, Washington and Houghton Le Spring, retiring in 1978.

Michael Andrew Smith

Michael died on the 18th June, 2017 aged 54 years after a short illness. He leaves a widow, Rosanne. His funeral will take place at 10am on Friday, 30th June, 2017 at St Joseph's Church, Millfield, Sunderland followed by cremation at 11am at Sunderland Crematorium. Michael retired as an inspector. (Information from 'notification for the retired', NorthNarpoEd, Facebook)

Burt Cecil Broad

Cec died on the 16th June, 2017 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Doreen. His funeral will take place at 2.15pm on Monday, 3rd July, 2017 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. An ex-Tynemouth Borough officer, Cec retired with the rank of inspector in 1985 having served in a number of roles.

Norma Holder

Norma died on the 4th July, 2017 aged 75 years. She was the wife of Ted Holder, retired chief supt. Norma's funeral will take place at 12noon on Monday, 17th July, 2017 at Durham Crematorium.

William Hearne

Bill died on Monday, 10th July, 2017 aged 74 years. He leaves a widow, Pamela. His funeral will take place at 11.45am on Thursday, 20th July, 2017 at St Patrick's RC Church, Ryhope and, thereafter, at Sunderland Crematorium. Bill was a member of Houghton Traffic as well as being an IPA rep. retiring as a constable in 1993. He was a member of the Sunderland Branch of NARPO.

James Hadyn

Jim died on the 9th July, 2017 aged 82 years. He leaves a widow, Evelyn. His funeral will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, 17th July, 2017 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Hart Village, Hartlepool. A former South Shields Borough officer, Jim saw some service in the CID where he was a D/S in the 1970s. He was a uniformed inspector at Felling where he retired in 1983 and lived in Hart in the Cleveland area.

Terrence Fox

Terrence died on the 15th July, 2017 aged 62 years.He leaves a partner, Moira. His funeral will take place at 1.15 pm on Friday, 21st July, 2017 at South Tyneside Crematorium. Terrence retired in 2006.

Michael Carr

Michael died on the 13th July, 2017 aged 76 years. His funeral will take place at 10.45 am on 27th July, 2017 at Cowpen Road Crematorium, Blyth. Michael retired as a constable in 1993.

Peter Stobie

Peter died on the 14th July, 2017 aged 74 years. He leaves a widow, Alexine. His funeral will take place at 1.30 pm on Monday, 24th July, 2017 at the  West Road Crematorium. Peter retired in 1992 as a constable having been Coroner's Officer for many years.

John Wilson

John died on the 9th July, 2017, aged 70 years, leaving a partner, Judy. His funeral will take place at 3 pm on Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017 at Canford Crematorium, Canford Lane, Westbury on Trym, Bristol. John was an ex-Sunderland DC who subsequently moved to the south west. He retired in 1983.

Brian Thomas Howstan

Brian died on the 17th July, 2017 aged 85 years. He leaves a widow, Joan. Brian's funeral will be held at 1.30 pm on Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017 at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. An ex- Newcastle City officer, Brian served in Cyprus from 1958 to 1960 during which time he met Joan. He retired in 1984 as a sergeant, having spent some of his service in Northumberland following the amalgamation. Much of his retirement was enjoyed back in Cyprus where he ran a bar and restaurant with Joan.

Robert Henry Taylor

Bob died on the 12th July, 2017 aged 82 years. His funeral will take place at 11.45 am on Monday, 31st July, 2017 at West Road Crematorium. Bob was a member of Motor Patrol and later a uniformed sergeant retiring in 1987.

Ernest Tweddell

Ernie, husband of the late Jean, died on the 23rd July, 2017 aged 83 years. His funeral will take place at 1.15 p.m. on Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 at Whitburn Parish Church and, thereafter, at South Shields Crematorium, John Reid Road, South Shields.

John David Henderson

David died on the 21st July, 2017, aged 72 years. He leaves a widow, Eileen. His funeral was held on the 27th July, 2017. David retired as a sergeant in 1992. (This was a late notification)

Alan Grier

Alan died on the 1st August, 2017 aged 69 years. His funeral will be held at 12 noon on Friday 18th August, 2017 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Alan was an ex-Tynemouth Borough officer. He retired as constable in 1997.

Charles Sprigg

Charlie died on the 28th July, 2017 aged 86 years. He leaves a widow, Jean. His funeral wil be held at 12.30 pm on Wednesday, 9th August, 2017 at St Mary's Church, Holywell. Charlie retired as a constable in 1987 and was a renowned local artist.

William Lake

Billy, 72 years, died recently and his funeral will be held at 12.15 pm on Friday, 11th August, 2017 at St Paul's Church, Winlaton and, thereafter, at 1.15 pm at Mountsett Crematorium. Billy, who worked in both Newcastle and Gateshead divisions, retired in 1994 as a constable to live in Blaydon.

David Wardle

David died recently aged 72 years. His funeral will take place, as a graveside seervice, at 2.15 pm on Tuesday, 15th August, 2015 at Mayfield Cemetary, Cramlington when close friends only are requested to attend. David retired in 1986 as a constable.

Donald Shortt

Don died on the 7th August, 2017 aged 88 years. His funeral will taker place at 10.10 am on Friday, 18th August, 2017 at Torbay Crematorium, Newton Abbot. An ex-member of Northumberland County Constabulary, Don retired from Northumbria Police in 1975 as a detective sergeant to live in Devon.

John Kendrew

Jack died on the 7th August, 2017 aged 91 years. His funeral will take place at 11.30 am on Monday, 21st August, 2017, at St Andrew's Church, Roker followed, at 12.30 pm  by cremation at Sunderland Crematorium.

Wilfred Young

Wilf died on the 8th August, 2017 aged 80 years. He was pre-deceased by his wife, June Marie. Wilf's funeral will take place at 11.00 am on Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017 at Sunderland Crematorium. Family flowers only are requested.

Brian Jeffrey Capstick

Brian died on the 19th August, 2017, aged 71 years, after a long illness. He leaves a widow, Margaret. His funeral will take place at 1.30 pm on Tuesday, 29th August, 2017 at St. John's Methodist Church, Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay followed thereafter by cremation at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Friends are requested to celebrate Brian's life, following the ceremony, at Red House Farm pub. Brian, who retired as a sergeant in 1997, worked as a ground cover officer and as a member of Traffic Department. He also spent a period of his service in training, both on central service and locally.

Ellen McCulley (Mrs Mac)

Ellen died on the 30th August, 2017. Her funeral will take place at 11 am on Monday, 11th September, 2017 at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. Ellen was the widow of Sgt 133 McCulley and universally known as Mrs Mac when she was housekeeper of the Single Men's Quarters, Gosforth between 1965 and 1977. After the cremation service, friends are invited to attend the Jubilee Pub, Jubilee Road, Gosforth to celebtare Ellen's life.

Bruce Clifford

Bruce died on the 9th September, 2017 aged 54 years. He leaves a widow, Tracey. His funeral will take place at 1.30pm on Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 at Sunderland Crematorium. Bruce retired as a sergeant in 2015. Amongst other posting, he worked in uniform at Sunderland North in the 1980s. 

Geoffrey Thompson

Geoff died on the 16th September, 2017 aged 65 years. His funeral will be held at 10.30am on Tuesday, 26th September, 2017 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. After the service, friends are invited to celebrate Geoff's life at the Redhouse Pub, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay, NE25 9XJ. Geoff, who retired as a constable in 1998, spent much of his service in the East End apart from a short spell on Traffic.

Kenneth Knox Burton

Ken died on Sunday, 10th September, 2017 aged 91 years. His funeral will take place at 3.30pm on Friday, 29th September, 2017 at West Road Crematorium. Ken, who was predeceased by his wife, Gladys, was a retired Northumbria Police officer. Northing further is known of Ken's service history.

Philip Norris

Phil died on Saturday, 23rd September, 2017. He leaves a widow, Ann. Phil's funeral will take place at 1.15pm on Wednesday, 4th October, 2017 at West Road Crematorium. Phil was an ex-Newcastle City officer, joining in 1965. Amongst other posting, he was a member of Market Street CID. He also served at Gosforth and, later, in the City Centre Prosecutions Department from which he retired as a sergeant.

Ian Turnbull

Ian died on the 30th September, 2017. His funeral will take place at 12 noon on Thursday, 12th October, 2017 at Borders Crematorium, Melrose, TD6 9HA. Together with his late wife, Eileen, Ian ran the messroom at Ashington for many years.

Paul Esmond Corney

Paul died recently aged 61 years. He leaves a widow, Gillian. Paul's funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, 23rd October, 2017 at Mountsett Crematorium, Dipton. Paul retired as a constable in 2005 and lived in the Consett area.

Campbell Findlay (Not yet officially confirmed from HQ)

Campbell died in Cyprus on Sunday 8th October, 2017. His funeral is believed to be held today(12/10) in Cyprus. He is survived by his widow, Deidre and daughters. Campbell retired as an inspector having spent much of his service in CID and in the West End. He played an active role in the Child Protection Unit and was well-respected within and outside the service for his work in that field. A larger-than-life character who will be missed by friends and colleagues. He had lived in Cyprus for some 10 years following his retirement and was an active contributor to the Northumbria Bobby.

James McKercher

James died on the 30th September, 2017 aged 84 years. His funeral will take place at 2.45pm on Wednesday, 25th October, 2017 at Efford Cemetery & Crematorium, Efford Road, Plymouth, PL3 6NG. In 1985, James retired as an inspector from Washington and moved to live in retirement in Devon.