National Police Memorial, The Mall, London 2018.
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National Police Memorial, The Mall, London 2018.
Attribution: Irid Escent [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]
Readers are reminded of the current H.M.G. policy regarding public gatherings in general and funerals in particular when considering attending funerals that would have been, but for the current medical emergency, open funerals.
Tom died on the 29th October, 2019 aged 64 years. He leaves a widow, Theresa. Tom's funeral will take place at 3pm on Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. The family are asking that anyone attending to wear a ‘spot’ of colour to represent the flowers in his garden which were his pride and joy. Tom joined the force in 1975 and was initially posted to Wallsend/Forest Hall he later transferred as a PC to Hexham Traffic where he remained apart from a brief spell at Morpeth Traffic until his retirement in 1998.
John Henry Hooper Massam
John died on the 2nd November, 2019 aged 78 years. He leaves a widow, Pat. His funeral will take place at 12 noon on Wednesday, 13th November, 2019 at The Holy Cross Church, Ryton Village, followed by cremation at 1.30pm at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. John retired as a constable but no further information is available as to date of retirement or service history. It is requested there be family flowers only.
Francis Ronald Jermy
Francis died on the 8th October, 2019 aged 97 years. He retired as a constable in 1975. His funeral has already taken place. Nothing further is known of his service history. Northumbria Narpo were notified of this obituary on the 11th November, 2019, hence the late circulation and posting.
Wendy died on the 30th September, 2019 aged 70 years. She leaves a widower, Alan. Wendy will be remembered by colleagues as a uniformed sergeant at the West End in the late 70s as well as other postings during her service. Wendy retired as a sergeant in 1995. The funeral has already taken place. Northumbria Narpo were notified of this obituary on the 12th November, 2019, hence the late circulation and posting.
Peter died recently aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Jennifer. Peter's funeral will take place at 10.20am on Friday, 29th November, 2019 at York City Crematorium. Peter was an ex-Newcastle City officer who, for some of his service, worked out of Headlam Street in the old C Division. He retired as a superintendent in 1982.
Don died recently aged 84 years. He was predeceased by his wife. Don's funeral will take place at 1pm on Thursday, 5th December, 2019 at Saltwell Crematorium. He retired as a chief inspector from Whickham in 1987. During his service, Don worked in Newcastle City Centre, Prosecution, where he was courts' inspector in the early 1970s, Newcastle West End and Jarrow.
Dave died on the 16th November, 2019 aged 75 years. He leaves a widow, Cath. His funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Wednesday, 4th December, 2019 at Sunderland Crematorium. Dave will be particularly remembered for many years as a member of CID in a variety of roles. He retired as a D/I in 1996 after service with Durham and Northumbria.
Les died on the 1st December, 2019 aged 96 years. His funeral, which is private, will be held on Monday, 9th December, 2019. Les joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1947 and was posted to Spittal in Berwick Division in 1957 spending much of his service in north Northumberland.
Hughie died on the 3rd December, 2019 aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Doreen. His funeral is to be a private service with family only in attendance. Hughie retired as a constable in 1986. Part of his service was with the MPS and he transferred to Northumberland Constabulary in the late 1960s and was stationed at Hexham. Later in his service, he served in north Northumberland.
Alan died on the 10th December, 2019 aged 80 years. He leaves a widow, Doreen. Alan served in Sunderland Borough, Durham and Northumbria police forces. His funeral will take place at 10am on Tuesday, 24th December, 2019 at Sunderland Crematorium.
Jeff died on the 11th December, 2019 aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Vicky. His funeral will be held at noon on Monday, 23rd December, 2019 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Jeff was an ex-Newcastle City officer who, for some of his service, worked the East End. He was renowned for his judo expertise achieving 5th Dan and becoming a fully qualified referee.
Alan died on the 9th December, 2019 aged 81 years. He leaves a widow, Helen. Alan's funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, 23rd December, 2019 at St. John's Church, Greenside followed by cremation at Mountsett Crematorium. Nothing is known of Alan's service history other than he retired as a constable.
Frank Sewell Hind
Frank died on the 16th December, 2019 aged 91 years. His funeral will take place at 10.15am on Friday, 3rd January, 2020 at Seaburn Dene New Church, Shields Road, Sunderland. Frank served with Sunderland Borough, Durham and Northumbria police forces. At one time, a uniformed constable in the comms room at Gillbridge, Frank later worked as a DC with the Wheatsheaf CID at Sunderland North and retired in1981. He is described as a lovely man and a member of the old school of police officers. He and his wife were acclaimed ballroom dancers.
Alan died recently aged 84 years. He leaves a widow, Molly. His funeral will take place at noon on Friday, 3rd January, 2020 at Saltwell Crematorium, Gateshead. Alan served in both Durham and Northumbria forces seeing service at Felling. Gateshead, Hebburn and Boldon Colliery amongst his posting. He retired as a sergeant.
Tommy died on 17th December, 2019. He was an ex-Newcastle City officer who spent much of his service as a member of the CID retiring, after 37 years service, as a DCI. He saw service with the 2nd Bn. The Green Howards and was secretary of Eden Camp. Tommy's funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Tuesday, 7th January, 2020 at the West Road Crematorium. Please note that the service time is recorded as 2.15 pm in The Chronicle obituary. I have not been able to clarify, as yet, which information is correct.
Ron died on the 17th December, 2019 aged 68 years. He leaves a widow, Maureen. Ron served in Northumbria, Northamptonshire, Durham and Cleveland police forces and, in retirement from the service as DCC in 2008, was four years later to become the first police and crime commissioner for Durham and Darlington, a post he retained on subsequent re-election. His funeral will take place at 11 am on January 7th at Durham Cathedral followed by private cremation. (source: The Chronicle 23/12/2019)
Ray died on the 20th December, 2019 aged 79 years. He leaves a widow, Sylvia. Ray's funeral will take place at 10.30 am on Saturday 18th January, 2020 at Whitley Bay Crematorium with a Humanist service. Ray was an ex-Newcastle City officer who spent some of his service in Training Department. He retired as an inspector in 1991.
John died on the 12th December, 2019 aged 77 years. He retired as a constable in 1991 to live in the Howdon area. John's funeral had been held before we received notification of his passing.
Alan died on the 30th December, 2019 aged 85 years. He retired as a chief inspector in 1985 to live in the Washington area. His funeral will be held at 1pm on Friday, 17th January, 2020 at Sunderland Crematorium. Alan began his career in the police service with Durham County Constabulary where, for a number of years, he was a member of their serious incident squad. On promotion to uniformed sergeant, he was posted to Spout Lane, Washington. Following amalgamation, Alan served as an inspector at Sunderland. He retired in the rank of chief inspector from Wallsend.
Jim died on the 6th December, 2019 aged 78 years. He leaves a widow, Philippa. Jim's funeral took place on the 19th December, 2019. Jim was, originally, a member of Northumberland County Constabulary, joining in February,1963. He served at Whitley Bay, Prudhoe, Traffic Department, Comms and Newcastle. (This is a late notice supplied by a friend on behalf of Jim's widow who wished Jim's passing to be recorded in the Northumbria Bobby obituaries)
George died recently (date not supplied) aged 80 years. He leaves a widow, Krisaya. His funeral will take place at 10am on Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 at Cowpen Crematorium, Blyth. George retired as a constable in 1992. Nothing is known of George's service history.
James died on the 21st November, 2019 aged 94 years. He was predeceased by his wife. James retired in 1983 to live in the Berwick area. His funeral has already taken place.
Jean Margaret Lynn
Mrs Lynn died on the 3rd January, 2020 aged 84 years. She was a widow member of Sunderland NARPO Branch following the death of her husband, William.
Harry died on the 12th January, 2020 aged 81 years. He leaves a widow, Gloria. His funeral will take place at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 5th February, 2020 at Mountsett Crematorium. Harry retired as a sergeant in 1993 after spending much of his service in Gateshead and Whickham. Together with other traffic management representatives, Harry was heavily involved in the traffic management planning for the Gateshead Garden Festival which ran in 1990. Please note this is the corrected date of Harry's passing.
Norman died on the 21st January, 2020 aged 89 years. His funeral will take place at 2.15 pm on Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 at Trinity Methodist Church, Ashington. Norman was an ex-Northumberland County officer who joined in September 1956 following military service with the Royal Marines. He served at Ashington, Gosforth, Wideopen, and Haltwhistle before returning to Ashington. Norman was promoted to uniformed sergeant and completed his service in Traffic management as a schools road safety officer.
Frank died on the 20th January, 2020 aged 86 years. His funeral will take place at 10.15 am on Friday 7th February, 2020 at Mountsett Crematorium. Frank was an ex-Newcastle City officer being appointed in 1959. He later transferred to Northumbria Police on amalgamation. Frank spent much of his service in Newcastle West End. He also worked in the Vice Squad and Crown Courts Liaison, amongst other posting, retiring as a uniformed sergeant in 1989.
George died aged 86 years (Date not provided). He leaves a widow, Sheila. George's funeral will take place at 12.30 pm on Monday, 24th February, 2020 at South Shields Crematorium. He joined Durham County Constabulary and was stationed at Stockton and Jarrow before moving to South Shields. Despite the turmoil cause by the amalgamations, George retained his post as Admin Sergeant at South Shields Divisional HQ, Keppel Street retiring in that rank in 1982 to live in the South Shields area.
Geoff died on the 16th February, 2020 aged 88 years. His funeral will take place at 11.00 am on Friday, 6th March, 2020 at Sunderland Crematorium. Geoff was a respected member of Sunderland NARPO having been branch secretary for several years as well as being a life member of NARPO. Originally a member of Sunderland Borough Police, Geoff later worked with Durham and Northumbria constabularies as the result of amalgamations retiring as an inspector in 1979.
Eric died on the 18th February, 2020 aged 89 years. His funeral will take place at 10 am on Monday, 2nd March, 2020 at Melrose Crematorium (satnav co-ordinates TD6 9HA). Eric joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1954 and served at Whitley Bay, Broomhill, Cramlington, Forest Hall and Wallsend. A keen sportsman, Eric represented the force at cricket, football and swimming. He retired as a sergeant in 1978.
Gordon died on the 24th February, 2020 aged 70 years. His funeral will take place at 2.45 pm on Wednesday 4th March, 2020 at St Paul's Church, Spennymoor. Gordon was an ex-Durham Constabulary officer who began his police service in Darlington. His obituary is carried in these columns because Gordon spent much of his service in the CID on the force crime squad and, particularly, the RCS at Gosforth.
Francis Martin Fiddes
Martin, as he was known to friends and colleagues, died on the 11th February, 2020 aged 77 years. He leaves a widow, Ann. Martin's funeral will take place at 11.15 am on Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Retiring in 1991, Martin spent some of his service in Traffic Department as a member of the Motorcycle Section.
Richard died on the 25th February, 2020 aged 82 years. His funeral will take place at 1.15 pm on Wednesday, 11th March, 2020 at Whitburn Methodist Church. Richard was a Sunderland Borough officer joining in 1961. He was stationed at the Wheatsheaf, Southwick and Sunderland Central areas as a uniformed constable.During his service, he also did a spell in the CID. Prior to retirement, which occurred in 1990, Richard worked in Courts/Warrant Office.
Ronald died on the 17th February, 2020 aged 93 years. He leaves a widow, Frances. Ronald's funeral will take place at 11 am on Monday, 16th March, 2020 at the West Road Crematorium. An ex-Newcastle City officer, Ronald worked Byker for much of his service. He transferred to Northumbria, following amalgamation and retired as a constable in 1974.
Bob died on the 27th February, 2020 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Audrey. Bob's funeral will take place at 10 am on Thursday, 19th March, 2020 at St. Aidan's RC Church, Benton followed, at 11.15 am, by cremation at the West Road Crematorium. Joining the police service in 1956, Bob ended his career as a sergeant in the Crime Prevention Unit.
Fred died on the 22nd February, 2020. He leaves a widow, Janet. His funeral will take place at 11.15 am on Monday, 16th March, 2020 at Tynemouth Crematorium. Unfortunately, nothing is known of Fred's service history but it is believed that he served for a short time before leaving with a deferred pension is 1986 and finally retiring in 2015.
Bill died on the 5th March, 2020 aged 93 years. His funeral will take place at 3.30 pm on Wednesday, 18th March, 2020 at St. Gabriel's Church, Chest er Road, Sunderland. Described as 'one of the old school' due to his style of policing rather than longevity, Bill who joined Sunderland Borough Police in 1948 and was also a member of Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police as a result of subsequent amalgamations.In the 1970s, Bill was a uniformed sergeant on H Unit, in Sunderland, and was also a detective sergeant for some of his service.
Ken died in March, 2020 aged 70 years, leaving a widow, Sheila. He retired from Northumbria Police in 1994 but nothing further is available about his service history. Ken is to have a private funeral at Biggar, South Lanarkshire on Thursday, 19th March, 2020.
Bruce died on the 15th March, 2020. He is survived by his fiancee, Annie Thomas. His funeral will be a family gathering on Friday 3rd April, 2020 with family flowers only. Friends may, if they wish, make a donation to the Parkinson's society in Bruce's memory. Bruce, who retired as a constable in 1991, was an ex-Newcastle City officer and spent some time as a member of Traffic Department. However, most notably, Bruce will be remembered for the huge contribution he made to all aspects of first aid training, including as a member of Training Department. Through The St John Ambulance Brigade, Bruce pursued his interest in first aid in retirement from the police service and was awarded the Order of the Knights of St. John for his service
George died on the 14th March, 2020 aged 82 years.He leaves a widow, Jean. George's funeral will take place at 1 pm on Friday, 27th March, 2020 at Lennel Cemetery, Coldstream. George was a Northumberland County Constabulary officer, joining in July, 1958. During his service, George was stationed at Morpeth until 1960 and thereafter for one year at Bedlington Station. He then spent five years at Gosforth before moving to Berwick in 1966 where he served for ten years before promotion to sergeant saw George posted to Felling. After three years at Felling, once more, George returned to Berwick, his final posting. He retired from Northumbria Police as a sergeant in October,1989 and, in retirement, lived in the Coldstream area.
Allan died on the 13th March, 2020 aged 90 years. He leaves a widow, Margaret. Allan retired as an inspector in 1978 to live in the Blyth area. He joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1949 and in 1962 was posted as a uniformed sergeant to Whitley Bay. It is believed that Allan was a former police cadet before joining the regular service. Due to the current national emergency measures regarding the public not congregating, Allan's funeral is strictly private.