We record with sadness the passing of friends and colleagues

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To be published in the summer 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.

David Thompson

Dave died on the 3rd November, 2018. His funeral will take place at 10am on Monday, 19th November, 2018 at Durham Crematorium and afterwards at the Houghton Rugby Club, Dairy Lane, Houghton le spring. Dave started his service as a beat officer at Houghton le Spring and retired as a uniformed inspector from D Rota at Sunderland West. 

Mary Douglas

Mary died 0n Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 aged 104 years. Her funeral will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 at Mountsett Crematorium. Mary was the widow of Sgt Bill Douglas who, after his retirement from the police, worked as the civilian Disease of Animals Inspector at Hexham.

George Harper

George died on the 17th November, 2018 aged 86 years. He leaves a widow, Maureen. His funeral will take place at 12.45pm on Monday, 3rd December, 2018 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. George was an ex-Newcastle City officer, working in CID and uniformed duties in the East End.  He studied, part time, for a law degree  and subsequently worked in Police Prosecutions Department. He retired as a uniformed chief inspector from Whickham. In retirement, George spent some ten years working in the insurance business. He was a keen NARPO supporter and had been made a life member, serving the Northumbria Branch as chairman and as president. 

Frank Fearby

Frank died recently aged 76 years. He leaves a widow, Gladys. Frank's funeral was held at 11.45am on Thursday, 22nd November, 2018 at Mountsett Crematorium. He was a member of both Durham and Northumbria  police forces and retired in 1988. 

Colin Cerexhe

Colin died on the 8th November, 2018 aged 56 years. He leaves a widow, Judith. His funeral had already taken place at the time of notification. Colin retired from NAOR in 1999.

Roland Culley

Roly died on the 24th November, 2018 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Marie. Roly's funeral will take place at a private cremation on Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 followed at 1.30pm by a public service of remembrance at St Mary's Parish Church, Morpeth for all to attend. Roly retired from Northumbria Police as a superintendent in 1984.

Stephen Reay

Stephen died recently, aged 63 years. He leaves a widow, Sharon. Stephen retired in 2005 after service with Northumbria Police and moved to Portugal where, it is believed, funeral arrangements will take place. Stephen's service started at Jarrow and, later, he was a member of Traffic Department.

Ian Shaw

Ian died on 27th October, 2018 aged 69 years. His funeral took place at Darlington Crematorium in November. Ian was an ex-Durham Constabulary cadet and a Northumbria Police officer. It is believed he worked in the Gateshead area and retired as a detective sergeant.. The obituary information was found following an enquiry by a former colleague and was not formally reported.

Stuart William Robertson

Stuart died on the 2nd December, 2018 ages 74 years. He leaves a widow, Rebecca. Stuart retired as a sergeant in 1994 having originally joined Northumberland Constabulary. However, prior to becoming a police officer, Stuart had served in the RAF where he saw active service in Aden. As a police officer, Stuart served at Wallsend, Morpeth, Prudhoe and Hexham, where he was station sergeant. For part of his service, Stuart was a member of Traffic Department.

Frank Mavin

Frank died on the 6th December, 2018 aged 79 years. He leaves a widow, Ann. His funeral was held in Scotland where he lived, following retirement, with his wife. Because of the number of friends, colleagues and acquaintances who live in the North East, the family intend to hold a celebration of life service at Tynemouth in the Spring of 2019. Frank originally joined Newcastle City Police, retiring as a detective sergeant in 1989. A major part of Frank's service was in SB and Ports and he became a regular figure at Newcastle International Airport and the Tyne Commission Quay, North Shields.

Jeremy Barker

Jerry died on the 4th December, 2018 aged 56 years. He leaves a widow, Lyn. His funeral was held at Gosforth. Jerry retired as a chief inspector in 2012. Amongst other postings, Jerry worked at Sunderland North in the late '80s and Newcastle, later in service.

Kenneth Knott

Kenny died on the 15th December, 2018 aged 79 years. He leaves a widow, Yvonne. His funeral will take place at 11.30am on Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 at Sunderland Crematorium. Kenny, a member of both Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police, retired as an inspector in 1993. He is described as 'a great guy and a great detective'.

John Taylor

John died recently aged 69 years. He leaves a widow, Sheila. His funeral will take place at 12 noon on Friday, 21st December, 2018 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. John retired in 2001 as a constable. Nothing further about John's service history has been received. 

William Robert Armstrong

Billy died on the 16th December, 2018 aged 89 years. He leaves a widow, Doreen. His funeral will take place at 3pm on Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. A former Tynemouth Borough officer, Billy spent much of his service as a comms. officer in the Tynemouth Control Room. Following his retirement as a constable in 1984, Billy and Doreen ran the police hostel in Monkseaton. 

Iain Turner

Iain died on the 29th December, 2018 aged 78 years. He leaves a widow, Marjorie. Iain's funeral will be held at 11am on Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 at Northumbria Woodland Burials, Bockenfield, Morpeth. He retired as a sergeant in 1988 to live in the Amble area. The family have requested no flowers.

Douglas Garratt

Douglas died on the 8th December, 2018 aged 94 years. He is survived by his wife, Isabella. Douglas retired as a constable in 1976 to live in the Cramlington area. Funeral details are as yet unknown.

John Walton

John died on the 9th January, 2019 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Kathleen.  John retired as a sergeant in 1979 after service with Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police. His funeral has already taken place.

Peter Boustead

Peter died on Monday 14th January, 2019. His funeral will take place at 2.00p.m. on Monday, 28th January, 2019 at West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. An ex-Newcastle City officer, Peter served with Northumbria Police, following amalgamation, and was a member of the CID seeing service with No.2 Regional Crime Squad. He retired as a detective sergeant.

William Brown Walker

Bill died on the 17th January, 2019 aged 85 years. He leaves a widow, Joan. Bill's funeral will take place at 11.15am on Thursday, 31st January, 2019 at Tynemouth Crematorium. Bill was an ex-Newcastle City officer, transferring to Northumbria Police on amalgamation. He spent many years of service in the CID in specialist and generalist roles.

Kenneth Gaffney

Ken died on the 17th January, 2019 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Margaret. His funeral will be held at 1.00pm on Friday, 8th February, 2019 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lobley Hill, Gateshead then Swalwell Crematorium at 2.30pm. Ken was a member of both Durham and Northumbria Police working in Whickham and Gateshead. He joined Northumbria Crime Squad in the late '70s where he ran the stolen vehicle squad as well as working on major incident enquiries. He retired in 1978 as a detective sergeant.

Kenneth Cowell

Kenny died on the 17th January, 2019 aged 70 years. He leaves a widow, Christina. He retired in 1997 after service in division and, for a long spell, with Traffic North. His funeral had already taken place at the time the notice was received. 

Thomas Lowery

Tommy died on the 27th January, 2019 aged 87 years. His funeral will take place at 2.00pm on Friday, 15th February, 2019 at Sunderland Crematorium. Tommy served in Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police. He was posted to Stockton, initially. Later in his career, he received a posting to Whitburn in which area he resided at the time of his death.  

Arthur McArdle

Arthur died on the 1st February, 2019 aged 75 years. He leaves a widow, Eileen. Arthur's funeral will take place at 3.30pm on Monday, 18th February, 2019 at Mountsett Crematorium.

Robert Benton

Bob died on the 10th February, 2019 aged 75 years. He leaves a widow, Jean. His funeral will take place at 2.45pm on Thursday, 21st February, 2019 at South Shields Crematorium. Bob was a member of South Shields CID, Sunderland CID and was seconded to No 2 RCS. He completed his service as deputy head of Traffic Department at HQ. 

Albert Hardesty 

Albert died on the 11th of February, 2019 aged 90 years. He leaves a widow, Catherine. His funeral will take place at 2.15pm on Monday, 25th February, 2019 at West Road Crematorium. A stalwart member of his NARPO branch for many years, Albert will be remembered by all his colleagues. 

Brian May 

Brian died on the 21st February, 2019 aged 75 years. He leaves a widow, Christine. His funeral will take place at 12.00 noon on Thursday 7th March, 2019 at Saltwell Crematorium. Brian retired from Northumbria Police as sergeant in 1996.

Robert Maxwell Richardson

Bob died on the 1st February, 2019 aged 78 years. He leaves a widow, Mary. Bob's funeral took place on Thursday, 14th February, 2019 at Haltwhistle. An ex-Northumberland County officer, Bob was stationed at Haltwhistle in the late 1960s and, later, became the link beat officer at Haydon Bridge. As a measure of Bob's tenacity and professionalism, he once arrested a cheque kiter whose details had been circulated as wanted in Newcastle upon Tyne and elsewhere by NECRO and CRO when he, Bob, whilst off duty, encountered the wanted man in a local Haydon Bridge hostelry. Bob retired in 1978 after being injured on duty. 

Hugh Blenkin  QPM

Hugh died on the 13th February, 2019 aged 78 years. A thanksgiving service will be held at 2.30pm on Tuesday 9th April, 2019 at St Mary the Virgin Church, Ashford, Kent TN23 1QG. Hugh was a Durham Constabulary officer and later served in the Metropolitan Police. His obituary is carried hear for the information of the many Northumbria Police cadets who will remember Hugh in role as head of cadet training in Durham when Durham and Northumbria cadets were trained jointly by Durham Constabulary. 

Henry Pemberton

Harry died on the 6th March, 2019 aged 84 years. He leaves a widow, Edith. Harry's funeral will take place  at 12noon on Tuesday, 19th March, 2019 at The Salvation Army Citadel, Rutland Street, Sunderland. Harry worked in the comms room at Gillbridge Avenue in 1971. Initially, he served in Sunderland Borough, and, through amalgamations, Durham and Northumbria police forces, retiring as a constable in 1989. 

Fred Foster

Fred died on the 12th March, 2019 aged 80 years. His funeral will take place at 11.15am on Monday, 25th March, 2019 at Tynemouth Crematorium. Fred was, originally, a Tynemouth Borough officer and continued his service through the two subsequent amalgamations. He retired as a constable from the Clubs and Vice Squad based on the City centre in 1991. 

David Foley

Dave died on the 12th March, 2019 aged 70 years. He leaves a widow, Elaine. His funeral will take place at 2.45pm on Thursday, 21st March, 2019 at Mountsett Crematorium, Dipton. Dave joined Durham Constabulary, where he served for two years before transferring to Northumbria Police. During his service, Dave served with Traffic South before returning to work in division. He retired in 2002. 


Sgt John Hately - Rededication of memorial stone


John Hately lost his life whilst on duty on Saturday, 6th March,1875 at Alnwick when, together with two constable, he tried to deal with a drunken disturbance involving a large number of people. He had joined Northumberland County Constabulary in November, 1858 aged 22 years and was promoted to sergeant in August, 1870 with a posting to Alnwick following in 1873. John Hately was laid to rest in Alnwick cemetery where his passing went largely unnoticed for many years until a local NARPO member found that the grave had fallen into disrepair. Subsequent activity has lead to funds being made available to replace Sgt Hately's head stone and, to that end,

       a service of dedication will take place at 11am on Friday 10th May 2019 in the Alnwick Cemetery  

and an invitation is extended to all our NARPO members to remember an officer who may have been killed a long time ago but who forever will remain a member of our police family. 

James Hepburn

Jimmy died on the 19th March, 2019 aged 82 years. He leaves a widow, Ann. His funeral service will be held at 11.45am on Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019 at Our Lady and St Cuthbert's RC Church, Prudhoe followed by a private cremation service however, all are welcome for refreshments at Prudhoe and District United Services Club (The Legion) following the church service. Jimmy was a Northumberland County officer who spent some of his service as a uniformed officer at Prudhoe. He retired as a constable in 1986. 

Eric Brunton

Eric died on the 6th April, 2019 aged 76 years. He leaves a widow, Marlene. His funeral will take place at 2.00pm on Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 at Mountsett Crematorium. Eric joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1962 and was posted to Ashington. During his service, he was a traffic officer based at Hexham and a sergeant on the Mounted Branch. 

Thomas Owens

Thomas died on the 13th April, 2019 aged 75 years. He leaves a widow, Ivory. Funeral details are not yet to hand. Thomas was a member of Durham Constabulary with postings to Catchgate and Spout Lane, Washington. He transferred to Northumbria, following the 1974 amalgamation. On promotion, he was a ground cover supervisor in charge of the Galleries office at Washington. Later, he was posted to the SAOR where he finished his service, retiring as a sergeant in 1992.

William Burn

William died on the 8th April, 2019 aged 87 years. His funeral will be held at 2.45pm on Wednesday, 1st May, 2019 at South Shields Crematorium. Bill served with both Durham and Northumbria Police, retiring in 1980 as a constable. 

Jack Gray

Jack died aged 92 years in the Coble House Care Home Cullercoats. His funeral will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday, 14th May, 2019 at Whitley Bay Crematorium. Jack joined Northumberland County Constabulary and transferred to Tynemouth Borough prior to the 1969 amalgamation where he continued to serve until he retired with the rank of sergeant. 

Harry Cunningham

Harry died on the 7th May, 2019. His funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Thursday, 16th May, 2019 at Blyth Crematorium. Harry was an ex Northumberland County officer, joining in 1966.He served at Bedlington, Hexham Traffic and Gosforth. He retired as a uniformed inspector in 1996.