National Police Memorial, The Mall, London 2018. 

Attribution: Irid Escent [CC BY-SA (]


During the currency of Covid-19, we are not able to publish obituaries in the same detail as usual, as Pensions Department, who supply the information, are mainly home-working without access to records to supply additional background information and service histories.

Please note that Northumbria NARPO has no independent access to service records and relies entirely on information provided to us to compile the obituaries.

Regulations, imposed by HMG, relating to the conduct of funerals have changed, as follows: 

'There are no legal limits on the number of people who can attend funerals or commemorative events. Those attending, arranging, or managing such events, should consider that it may be harder to manage the risk of spreading COVID-19 if spaces are crowded, and venue operators may set their own limits.' 

(Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funerals and commemorative events during the coronavirus pandemic - GOV.UK (

All obituaries published below will appear in the Winter 2021 Northumbria Bobby

Alan Anderson

Alan died on the 6th May, 2021 aged 62 years. He leaves a widow, Jean. Alan, whose funeral took place on Wednesday 19th May, 2021, retired as a constable in 2006.

Richard Jackson

Richard died on the 12th May, 2021 aged 53 years. He leaves a widow, Suzanne. Richard retired as a superintendent in 2017. His funeral was held at South Shields Crematorium.

Helen Clark

Helen died on the 13th May, 2021 aged 56 years. She leaves a widower, Francis.  Helen's funeral details are not to hand. Helen, who retired as a constable worked mainly in the West End before moving to a plainclothes role and retiring in 2013.

Ambrose Alan Brown

Alan died on the 23rd May, 2021 aged 92 years. He leaves a widow, Mollie. Alan retired as an inspector in 1984 following 35 years service. Initially based at the West End, Alan also served at Wallsend, Whitley Bay, and in various control rooms.  He spent many years running the police rugby team.  The funeral service will be held at St Hugh's Church, Regent Farm, Gosforth on Friday, 11th June 2021. Covid restrictions to numbers attending will apply and all places available have been allocated.

Colin Bain

Colin died on the 5th May 2021 aged 84 years. Colin, who lived in the Sunderland area, retired as a constable in 1987. Nothing further is known of his service history. Funeral arrangements are not to hand.

Wilfred Mackel

Wilf died on the 23rd May, 2021 aged 82 years. He retired as a uniformed inspector in 1994 after service in the Sunderland area. Funeral arrangements are unknown.

John Henderson

John died on the 23rd May 2021 aged 83 years. He leaves a widow, Jennifer. John, who retired from Northumbria Police as a sergeant in 1988, spent most of his service in the Newcastle area, serving with Newcastle City Police and Northumberland Constabulary. Subject to Covid regulations, John's funeral will be held at 2 pm on Monday, 7th June, 2021 at Trinity Church, Gosforth.

Maureen Harper

Maureen died on the 19th May, 2021 aged 87 years. She was the widow of George Harper, lately Branch President of Northumbria NARPO. Maureen supported George in attending NARPO conference and social event for many years. Her funeral will take place, within Covid regulations, at 1.45 pm on Wednesday, 9th June, 2021 at St Francis' Church, Cleveland Gardens, High Heaton.

Richard Thompson

Richard died on the 3rd June, 2021 aged 68 years. He leaves a widow, Maria. His funeral will be held at 12 noon on Friday, 18th June, 2021 at Tynemouth Crematorium where current Covid restrictions will apply. Nothing further is known of Richard's service history except that he retired from Northumbria Police in 2007.

Michael Nealen

Mick died on the 7th June, 2021 aged 76 years. He leaves a widow, Judith. Mick retired in 1995. There are no further details available.

Peter Leslie Neal

Peter died on Thursday, 17th June, 2021 aged 56 years,. He leaves a widow, Wendy. Peter, who was a member of the Northumbria Branch of NARPO, retired as a sergeant in 2016 to live in the Prudhoe area. His funeral will take place at 10.15 am on Wednesday, 30th June, 2021 at Mountsett Crematorium

William Graham Sinclair

Graham died on the 23rd June, 2021 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Bernadette. Graham's funeral will take place at 11.15 am on Monday, 5th July, 2021 at St. Mary's RC Church, Hexham. Retiring as a uniformed inspector,  Graham joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1953 and in 1957 was a member of Motor Patrols, stationed at Haltwhistle, He was also a member of Motor Patrols/Traffic Department at Morpeth and was the traffic sergeant at Hexham in the late 1960s. After his police career, Graham was appointed as the Force Civil Defence Co-ordinator.

John Simpson

John died on the 9th July, 2021. He leaves a widow, Pat. John, who worked the Newcastle Division, retired as a constable in 1995. There are no funeral arrangements to hand.

Barbara Skeete

Barbara died on the 29th June, 2021 aged 72 years. During her service, she was both in uniform and CID in the Newcastle area. Her funeral has already taken place.

John Johnson

Jack, as he was universally known in the job, was originally a Durham County officer commencing his postings at West Hartlepool before moving to Bishop Auckland, and Bowburn followed by a posting to Newby Wiske on central service. After the 1974 amalgamation, he joined Northumbria Police and for part of his service was inspector in Probationer Training and, sometime later, moving over to War Duties. Later he was uniformed chief inspector in the area operations rooms from which post he retired in 1993. His funeral will be held at 11.30 am on Monday, 19th July, 2021 at St. Robert's Church, Morpeth

Edith Eleanor Knox

Edith died on the 8th January, 2021 aged 94 years. Her funeral has already been held. Edith was the widow of Sergeant Ron Knox whose death was recorded in 2009. During her life as the wife of a police officer, when Ron was on patrol, Edith was often called into service answering the telephone or dealing with callers to the police office which was situated next to the two police houses where they lived.

Peter William Moffatt

Peter died on the 1st July, 2021 aged 94 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy. Peter's funeral will take place at 3 pm on Friday, 23rd July, 2021 at Tynemouth Crematorium and thereafter at Tynemouth Golf Club. A Newcastle City police officer initially, Peter joined in 1955 and was a member of the subsequently amalgamated forces serving at Whitley Bay, North Shields, and Wallsend where he was station sergeant, retiring with the rank of sergeant in 1981. In retirement, Peter enjoyed golf, art, gardening, and was a car enthusiast. Mainly, however, he enjoyed being with his family by whom he was adored.

Geoffrey Curry

Geoff died on the 14th July, 2021 aged 91 years. He leaves a widow, Wynn. Geoff's funeral will take place at 1.45 pm on Friday 29th July, 20212 at Blyth Crematorium. Originally a member of Northumberland County Constabulary, Geoff joined in 1956 and was posted to Forest Hall in 1958. He served through subsequent amalgamations and retired as a uniformed constable in 1983.

George Ireland

George died on the 20th July, 2021 aged 87 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Joyce, and his funeral has already taken place. George joined Northumberland County Constabulary in 1956 and in 1962 was a uniformed constable at Coxlodge in the Gosforth Division. During his service, George worked on Motor Patrols, Training, when he was on central service as a sergeant instructor at Dishforth in the early '70s, in Recruiting Department, and in division. It is uncertain whether George retired or resigned as a uniformed inspector. In any event, outside of the service, he carried on his interest in farming

Ian Irving

Ian died on the 23rd July, 20212 aged 88 years. He leaves a widow, Olga. Ian, who retired as a sergeant in 1984 served as a uniformed sergeant at Market Street in 1975, following promotion from Traffic Department, returning after a spell of ground cover supervision. He was posted to Byker in the 1980s. Funeral details are not to hand.

Hugh Kemperley Taylor

Hugh died on the 2nd August, 2021 aged 69 years. He leaves a widow, Evelyn. Hugh's funeral will take place at1.45pm on Monday, 16th August, 2021 at St. John's Church, Hebburn, NE31 2UP. Amongst other postings, Hugh spent some time at Gillbridge, Sunderland. He retired as a uniformed constable in 1999.

Graeme Lynn

Graeme died on the 27th July, 2021 aged 66 years. He leaves a widow, Joy. Graeme's funeral will take place at 12 noon on Friday, 13th August, 2021 at Durham Crematorium. Graeme was a probationer at the West End in the late '70s and, later worked in Training Department. He retired in 2006 as a uniformed inspector.

Bryan Stewart

Bryan died on the 16th July, 2021 aged 78 years. He leaves a widow, Dorothy. Bryan's funeral, which was private, has already taken place. He joined Northumberland County Cadets in 1959 and became a member of Northumberland County Constabulary in 1962 when he served at Wallsend, Newbiggin, and Cornhill. He resigned in 1971 but rejoined in 1975 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1978. During his second period of service, Bryan served at Whitley Bay, on central service at Dishforth DPTC, HQ Training Department, Bedlington, and Alnwick, from which posting her retired as a uniformed sergeant in 1997.

Ronald Foster

Ron died on the 8th August, 2021 aged 87 years. He retired as a detective sergeant in 1989 to live in the West Boldon area. Unfortunately, the circulation did not have the full funeral details nor family contact information. However, the funeral will take place on Tuesday, 24th August at 11.15 am. If further information is received, it will be circulated, failing which, recourse to media publications of local family notices might be the only source of information

Jessie Beecroft

Jessie died on the 16th August, 2021 aged 89 years. Her funeral will be held at 10.00 am on Thursday, 26th August, 2021 at Cowpen Crematorium. Jessie was a long-standing and well-respected member of the civilian staff at Blyth police station, working there for several decades. Her memory is fondly held by many former members of Blyth police as a person who was always available to offer assistance, especially to probationers as they worked their way through a minefield of paperwork.

Charles Foster

Charlie died on the 15th August, 2021. His funeral will be held at 9.30 am on Wednesday, 25th August, 2021 at Sunderland Crematorium. Charlie was the dog handler on 'H' or Sunderland Division for many years prior to the 1974 amalgamation. Later in service, he worked in the custody office. Many officers reflected on the relief at seeing Charlie and his dog turn up when things were turning a little angry on the street.

Brian William Taylor

Brian died on  Tuesday, the 24th, August, 2021 aged 81 years. He leaves a widow, Sheila. His funeral will take place at 12.30 pm on Thursday, 9th September, 2021 at the West Road Crematorium. Brian was an ex-Newcastle City officer who spent much of his service in the CID. Back in uniform, he spent some time as a superintendent in Community Services and retired as divisional commander from South Tyneside. Brian was a keen cricketer throughout his life and, in retirement, lent some of his spare time to playing and managing the game.

John Bartle

John died on the 3rd September, 2021. There is no further information available as the notice came from a FB page announcing John's passing in the Grimsby area. We have had no official report. He will be well remembered for his outgoing personality in both the CID and the RCS. 

Michael McDonough

Michael died on the 3rd September, 2021 aged 94 years. He retired as a sergeant in 1976 to live in the Felling area. Michael's funeral will be held at 10.30 am on Monday, 20th September, 2021 at St. Patrick's Church, Felling followed by interment at Heworth Burn Cemetery.

Lawrence Brown

Larry died on the 3rd September, 2021 aged 67 years. He leaves a widow, Catherine. Larry's funeral was part of a private service held in Belfast on 13th September, 2021. We have no details of Larry's service history beyond his retirement date of 1995.

David Webster

David died on the 5th September, 2021 aged 71 years. He leaves a widow, Carol. He retired as a uniformed constable in 1999 to live in Oxfordshire. David's funeral will take place at 2 pm on Tuesday, 21st September, 2021 at Our Lady St. Edmund's Church, Abington, Oxford. Dave was a ground cover patrol officer in and around the West End/ Gosforth/Kenton areas.

Kenneth John Storey

Ken died on the 4th September, 2021 aged 88 years. He retired as a uniformed sergeant in 1988 after many years as station sergeant/custody sergeant at Newburn. His funeral will take place at 11.15 am on Friday, 17th September, 2021 at Tynemouth Crematorium.