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Online Lynda Bradford

In Memoriam
« on: Apr 02, 2020, 03:32 PM »
The deaths of QE2 Crew, Forum Members, Passengers and enthusiasts has been reported in various posts within topics.  In response to suggestions to have a dedicated  "In Memoriam" section to honour those who have passed, the following list has been compiled with links to the topic where the death was first reported.  The lists of QE2 Masters/Captains, Chief Engineers and Design Team have been amended to show dates of death, where this information is available. 

If you want to post a tribute to someone who has passed, you can add to a topic, as we currently do, so that forum members can post their condolences.  Moderators will pick up on the information and update this topic.  If you can add or verify any amendments to the lists please post.

QE2 Captains/Masters

QE2 Chief Engineers

QE2 Design Team

On several posts there has been mention of people who have "crost" the bar, which we believe is in reference to Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem Crossing the Bar A fitting poem for those that have a love of the sea:

"For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar"

Listed A-Z by first name:


Adrian Jenkinson, Main Control Room Engineer see Ward Room photo and post
Arnie Williams, Personnel Manager Retired: 1987 Died: 2005
Bob Lockwood, Security OfficerDied: 24 June 2016 See also
Bobby Dilbo, Penthouse Senior Stewart Died: February 2018
Brenda Harral 1976 to 1980 (Queens Grill) Died: circa 2010
Brian Carlyle, Chief Electrician Died:1987/1988
Chris Biggs, Hotel Officer Died: May 2019
Clive Meek, Engineer  Died: 15 September 2019
David (Nobbly) Clarke, Mechanic Died: mid-1990's
David Pope, Navigator at time of Falklands War (QE2) require confirmation was he a QE2 Navigator?
Eric Brown, Senior 1st Hotel Officer Died 3 September 2017
Frank Pollard RMS Queen Elizabeth and QE2 Engineer Died: 1982  He died soon after being flown home from Falklands conflict.
Gordon. McKay, longest serving member of QE2 Staff Died 4 June 2017
James Wheat Died: 8 October 2013.  Awarded the South Atlantic Medal for services sailing with QE2 to the Falklands Conflict in 1982
John Drew, PO Mechanic Died: 5 November 2016
John Duffy, Hotel Manager Died: 11 July 2017John Saunders, Engineer, 1970's
John Tomlins, Engineer
Lewis Stone Died: September 2015
Mike Constant, Cruise Director Died 25 April 2016
(Dr) Nigel Roberts Died 30 October 2016
Norman Broadbent PG Manager died August 2016
Paul Tennant, QE2 Printer 1980's Died: 2010
Pauline Sleigh, Captain's Secretary Died: 26 November 2018
Phillip Malcolm Robson (Phil) Died: 26 October 1998
Ricky Collinson Died: March 2020
Robin Rogers First Engineer Died: 1987/1988
Ronnie Keir Died: March 2018
Steven Adler, Queens Grill Waiter Died: 3 May 2011
Steven Wollen, Master Confectioner Died: January 1996Tony Spicer, Engineer?

QE2 Story member and Enthusiasts:

Alan Whicker
Beatrice Muller remembered as the lady who lived on QE2 Died: 4 October 2013
Dame Beryl Bainbridge died 2 July 2010  Remember for her contribution at Liverpool Cathedral, QE2's 40th Anniversary celebration
Forum member, Jem Died: February 2011
John Maxtone-Graham, Author and Cruise Speaker
Kindlychap Died: 2011 Forum member and QE2 enthusiast Introductory post
Linda Canuck forum member died July 2014 see also introductory post
Michael Rosenberg, regular World Cruise passenger
Nelson Mandela Died: 5 December 2013
Richard Clifford Died: November 2015 He was parachuted to assist in the QE2 Bomb scare of 1972
Ron Baxter RMS Queen Elizabeth Engineer died 12 June 2017 remembered on the forum for his very informative topic Cunard before QE2
Simon Wall, passenger Died: October 2016
Stowaway2k, forum member Died: June 2017
Michael Neal Engineer

See also: Topic started by Twinkle "Collided with Life's Harbour Wall - remembering members no longer with us"
« Last Edit: Jan 30, 2021, 11:21 AM by Lynda Bradford »
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #1 on: Apr 05, 2020, 10:40 AM »
We had a question about why the word "crost" was used in Tennyson's poem "Crossing the Bar" (see above)

"I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar"

I asked my neighbour who is a retired Head of English Department and I received the following suggestion.  But if anyone has other suggestions about the use of this word when crew die please let us know.

He reckons that it means "crossed". Two thoughts: when Tennyson was writing, and earlier, there was a certain "poetic licence" about spelling in poems, and some poets used their own versions of words. Also, with this particular word,  in some verses, the poet may have wanted it to be read out as 2 syllables - cross-ed  - and Tennyson may have been making it clear by his spelling that he intended it to be read as one syllable- crost.
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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #2 on: Apr 08, 2020, 07:45 AM »
Your neighbour is correct Lynda.
Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, Crossing the Bar, is well known to all seafarers and oft used as a eulogy upon the demise of a shipmate.

Sunset and evening star
   And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
   When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
   Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
   Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
   And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
   When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
   The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
   When I have crost the bar.

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #3 on: Apr 10, 2020, 01:58 PM »
Small correction,  should be John Tomlins rather than Tomlinson

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Re: In Memoriam
« Reply #4 on: Apr 10, 2020, 02:07 PM »
Thanks Willum, your input is very much appreciated.  I have amended the name on the list and on the two posts in the topic.

Any other corrections just let me know and I will makes changes.
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank