dodgy-alan 1,587 Posted February 12, 2016 Report Share Posted February 12, 2016 It is with much sadness that I inform you all of the passing of my Father, Walter James Gale, (always known as Jim.) on 6 February 2016. He is sadly missed by his family and friends . Dad was in the Merchant Navy throughout the 1950s, first as Second Cook/Baker, then as Chief Cook. He served mainly in tankers and a large part of his career was spent with ESSO. He was very proud of his Seafaring days and would often talk about them, (especially as I too served in the MN during the late 70s so we both understood all that life as a seafarer entailed.) I was able to obtain for him a Merchant Navy service medal last year due to the fact that one of the ships he served on was in the Korean War as a fleet refueller and Dad was one of the Gunners when he was not in the galley. He was as proud as punch of the fact that he'd got an award without even realising that he qualified. I also found lots of photos of many of his ships and created an archive for him. After coming ashore he spent the next 40+ years driving heavy trucks all over the country. He still remained a great cook though and at Christmas his roasts and pastries were the stuff of legends! It was Dad who got me into aviation as for a while he worked for BEA at Heathrow. He sparked an interest in aircraft that has never gone away. He bought me my first model aircraft in the 1967 and I still have it! (an Airfix Mig 15 that was bought at Poultons Toy Shop in Hounslow.) He was still buying and building kits himself until only a few weeks ago, though his build skills were by now seriously deteriorated. As you can imagine it has been a great shock to the family and was a real struggle for us to hold things together long enough to arrange his funeral which will take place at the end of Feb. Our only crumb of comfort is that he is no longer in pain and needing constant care from family, friends and care agencies. He is at peace and back with Mum. Farewell Dad, may your spirit ride above the waves forever. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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