We record with sadness the passing of friends and colleagues
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Re-entry - John David Henderson (Known as David)
David died on the 21st July, 2017 aged 72 years. He leaves a widow, Eileen. David started his police career at Gosforth before being promoted sergeant to Sunderland. He was later posted to Gateshead from which station he retired in 1992. This re-entry is by way of clarification as his obituary in the winter edition of the Northumbria Bobby appeared incorrectly in the style John Henderson. The above entry, in part, was published on this web page in July, 2017.Additonal service history has become available subsequently.
Brian Gordon Waugh
Brian died on the 6th November, 2017 aged 72 years. He leaves a widow, Audrey. His funeral will take place at 10.45am on Friday, 24th November, 2017 at Cowpen Crematorium
Ray died on the 19th November, 2017 aged 75 years. He leaves a sister, Sheila. His funeral will take place at 12noon on Thursday, 30th November, 2017 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Ray retired as a constable in 1997 and was living in the Whitley Bay area at the time of his death.
Geoff died on the 20th November, 2017 aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Claudette. His funeral will take place at 9am on Friday, 24th November, 2017 at South Shields Crematorium.
Barry died on the 17th November, 2017 aged 74 years. He leaves a widow, Margaret. His funeral will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 at West Road Crematorium. Barry was well known as a member of Firearms Training and also served as a member of the West End CID.
Alan died suddenly on Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017 aged 74 years. He leaves a widow, Valerie. His funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 at West Road Crematorium. Alan had a varied police career including Traffic Department, control rooms and Training Department. Following his retirement, Alan worked for the Federation Breweries before moving to take up an appointment with Theakstons.
Norman died on the 23rd December, 2017 aged 91 years. His funeral will take place at 12.45 pm on Thursday, 11th January, 2018 at Tynemouth Crematorium. Norman, initially, joined Northumberland County before transferring to Tynemouth Borough. He served through the subsequent two amalgamations to retire as a sergeant in 1980.
Thomas Emmerson Brown
Tommy died on the 19th December, 2017 aged 82 years. He leaves a widow, Pam. His funeral will take place 11am on Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018 at Strathmore Road Methodist Church, Rowlands Gill followed by cremation at Mountsett Crematorium. Tommy was an ex-Newcastle City officer who, following amalgamations, also served with Northumbria Police, retiring as a detective sergeant form Gosforth in 1990.
James died on the 16th December, 2017 aged 92 years. He was the widower of Moral. His funeral will be held at 12noon on Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. James retired in 1979 with the rank of inspector to live in the Monkseaton area.
Jeff died, aged 71 years. He leaves a widow, Janice. Jeff's funeral will be held at 1.30pm on Friday, 5th January, 2018 at West Road Crematorium. Jeff retired in 1995 as a sergeant. For some of his service, Jeff worked in and around Hexham Sub Division. Please note at the family's request this will be family only
Ray died, aged 87 years. His funeral will take place at 10am on Monday, 22nd January, 2018 at Fellside Methodist Church, Whickham followed by cremation at Mountsett Crematorium. Ray enjoyed a varied career and, in his later service was chief superintendent I/c Personnel & Training in which rank he retired in 1987.
Raymond Osmond Croucher
Ossie died on the 20th December, 2017 aged 79 years. He leaves a widow, Evelyn. Ossie's funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Monday 8th January, 2018 at South Shields Crematorium. Ossie spent several years in the CID and retired as a sergeant in 1987.
Ronnie died on the 2nd January, 2018 aged 75 years. He leaves a widow, Eileen. His funeral will take place at 3.00pm on Monday, 15th January, 2018 at Saltwell Crematorium. Ronnie retired as a constable in 1989 and, for some time, was a post master.
Tommy died suddenly on the 27th December, 2017 aged 54 years. He leaves a widow, Gillian. His funeral will take place at 2pm on Thursday, 18th January, 2018 at Sunderland Crematorium. Tommy joined Northumbria Police in 1985 after serving 5 years in the Royal Navy, working as a 24/7 officer and in area command and major crime CID. Known as "Two cups" for his habit of always making two cups of coffee at a time, Tommy was in his fifth year of retirement when overtaken by ill health. A officer well thought-of and respected by his friends and colleagues.
Thomas Redvers Metcalf
Tommy died on the 5th January, 2018 aged 92 years. He leaves a widow, Mavis. His funeral will be held at 10.30am on Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018 at Old Saint's Church, Boldon Lane, South Shields and, thereafter, at 11.15am at South Tyneside Crematorium. Tommy retired as a constable in 1975 to live in the South Shields area.
Gordon died on the 8th January, 2018 aged 91 years. He leaves a widow, Esther. His funeral will be held at 2.00pm on Monday, 22nd January, 2018 at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. Gordon retired as a sergeant in 1976 to live in the Wide Open area. He had joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1946 and was posted to Ashington. Later postings saw him work at Berwick, Amble, West Denton in 1957, the West End, Wallsend and, finally, Forest Hall, from which station he retired.
Bill Cram died aged 81 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Mia. Bill's funeral will take place at 11.45am on Thursday, 25th January, 2018 at St Cuthbert's Church, Argyle Street, Hebburn followed by interment at Hebburn Cemetery. He joined Durham County Police following national service with the RAF and spent most of his service in the Jarrow area. Since the 1970s, Bill worked at Jarrow police station until he retired. Father of international athlete, Steve, Bill worked relentlessly towards assisting Steve's success.
Billy died on the 17th January, 2018 aged 83 years. His funeral will be held at 2.00pm on Tuesday, 6th February, 2018 at Ryhope Independent Methodist Church, Cliff Road, Ryhope with burial at Seaham Cemetery at 3pm. Billy worked in and around Sunderland for much of his service and, in retirement, was a keen supporter of the Northumbria Bobby with stories of his service and seasonal poems.
John died on the 16th January, 2018 aged 85 years. He leaves a widow, Nancy. His funeral will take place at 12.15pm on Monday, 5th February, 2018 at St. Bede's Roman Catholic Church, Bedlington and, thereafter, cremation at Cowpen Crematorium. John retired in 1985 and will be remembered as a member of Traffic Department and, also, Communications.
Dennis died on the 17th January, 2018 aged 81years. He leaves a widow, Eileen. His funeral will take place at 3.00pm on Monday, 5th February, 2018 at Tynemouth Crematorium. Dennis joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1958. In 1962 he was working as a uniformed constable at Haltwhistle but, for much of his service, Dennis will be remembered mostly as a member of the CID, one of his postings being as detective sergeant at Forest Hall.
Kenneth William Burlinson
Ken died on the 13th January, 2018 aged 87 years. His funeral will take place at 10.15am on Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 at Sunderland Crematorium. Ken was an ex Sunderland Borough officer who was a member of Scientific Aids at the time of his retirement.
Norman died on the 30th January, 2018 aged 92 years. His funeral will take place at 1.15pm on Wednesday, 14th February, 2018 at South Shields Crematorium. Norman, originally, joined Sunderland Borough but, in the 1960s, he transferred to South Shields Borough where he was a member of the Scientific Aids Department, a role he filled until his retirement.
Keir Campbell Warne
Keir died on the 17th January, 2018 aged 76 years. His funeral will take place at 1.45pm on Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 at Cowpen Crematorium followed by a service of celebration of Keir's life at St John's Church, Ulgham. at 2.30pm. Amongst other posting, Keir will be remembered from his days on Traffic Central.
Gordon Watson Brown O. St. J.
Gordon died on Monday 5th February, aged 80 years. He leaves a widow, Mary. A celebration of Gordon's life will be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday 14th February, 2018 at The New Life Christian Centre, Dacre Street, Morpeth followed by a private cremation. Mourners are requested to wear a colourful item. Gordon joined Northumberland County cadets in 1952 and the Constabulary in 1957 following national service. During his service, he was posted to Whitley Bay and Seaton Delaval. He was a member of Motor Patrols, serving at Gosforth, Hexham and Wallsend. As a member of the CID, Gordon served at Wallsend and Alnwick. He served as a sergeant at Forest Hall, and inspector in Training Department, a chief inspector at South Shields and a superintendent as Force Training Officer. Further promotion, to chief superintendent, saw Gordon posted to South Tyneside, where he was the divisional commander from which post he retired in 1988.
Hugh Ward Alderson
Hugh died on the 4th February, 2018 aged 85 years. He leaves a widow, Helen. His funeral will take place at 10.30am 0n Tuesday, 13th February, 2018 at Tynemouth Crematorium. Hugh retired from Northumbria Police in 1982.
Bryan died on 27th January, 2018. His funeral will take place at 10.30am on Monday, 19th February, 2018 at Sunderland Crematorium. Bryan was a Sunderland police officer working the India Unit, Sunderland West, as a panda driver later working with D Unit in the Town Centre. It is thought that Bryan may also have worked in the Courts' Office and as a gaoler.
Les died recently aged 85 years. He leaves a widow, Clara. His funeral will take place at 9.15am on Friday, 2nd March, 2018 at Blyth Crematorium, Cowpen Rd., Blyth. Les retired as a superintendent in 1988 after enjoying various posting throughout the force.
Joseph Norman Green
Joe died on the 27th January, 2018, aged 93 years. His funeral will take place at 12.45pm on Friday, 23rd February, 2018 at West Road Crematorium. Joe joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1948 and was policing in south east Northumberland in 1955. He became a member of Northumbria Police following subsequent amalgamation and retired as a sergeant in 1979.
Paul died on the 14th February, 2018 aged 59 years. He leaves a widow , Collette. His funeral will take place at 11am on Friday, 9th March, 2018 at Holy Trinity Church, Whitfield. Paul worked in the West End/ Newburn areas before transferring to Whitfield. Since retirement as a constable in 2007, he had been a member of support staff working at Middle Engine Lane HQ. Please note amendment to date
John died on the 26th February, 2018 aged 92 years. He retired as a superintendent in 1980 to live in the North Shields area. His funeral is to be a private service.
Alan died on the 17th February, 2018 aged 89 years. His funeral will take place at 1.30pm on Friday, 9th March, 2018 at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. Alan retired as a constable in 1980 after working in the Hexham area.
Bryan died on the 7th March, 2018 aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Dorothy. His funeral will take place at the West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne at 12.45 pm on Friday, 23rd March, 2018. Bryan retired as a constable in 1988 having served in uniform and the CID.
Bill died on Saturday, 3rd March, 2018 aged 77 years. A private cremation will take place on Tuesday, 20th March, 2018. Friends and colleagues are invited to celebrate Bill's life at 2.15pm, later that day, at Denton Burn Methodist Church and, thereafter, for refreshments at Benwell Cricket Club. Many will remember Bill as a member of Newcastle City CID and, later, as a uniformed inspector at Hexham from which posting he retired. He was a member of the Northumbria Branch of NARPO and a regular attender at the Christmas social event.
Fred died on the 4th March, 2018 aged 67 years. He leaves a widow, Ayline. His funeral will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Fred retired as a constable in 2006 after service in Blyth and City East.