Crossed the Bar

It is with so much sadness that I  announce that Captain, The Reverend Peter J McCarthy OBE Crossed the Bar on Saturday 6th July after a long illness, he was 88 years old. He died at his home in Ferrensby, near Knaresborough.


A short service of committal  will be held on Wednesday 17th July at 12:20 at Harrogate Crematorium (HERE for their website and HERE for a map) followed by a Requiem Mass at approximately 13:00 in his Church, Holy Trinity Knaresborough, (HERE for their website and HERE for a map) then afterwards at the Church Hall. Old shipmates and colleagues will be very welcome. Look HERE for driving directions (5 minutes) from Harrogate to Knaresborough.


Peter is seen here on the right back in 1961

No Flowers at the request of the family but donations in lieu and if desired should be made to the RNLI.

Arrangements are being made by Bower of Hamsthwaite (HERE for their website and HERE for a map).

Peter is seen here on the right with Rex Cooper (left), former RFAA Chairman and Brian Taylor, National Standard Bearer at the dedication of the RFAA National Standard.


On behalf of the RFA Association I extend our sincere condolences to his widow Margaret their children Glenys, Brian and David and grandchildren Matthew Samuel and Alistair.


If you have a remembrance of Peter please e-mail me at and I will append it to this page.

Mike Day writes:- Condolences to his family. He was a kind man.

Dick Elsey writes:- The photo of Peter taken in 1961 when he was Ch. Officer in Reliant, brought back many happy memories, he is remembered by me as kind and considerate to us unruly juniors!! He accepted our many escapades with ‘fatherly’ good humour! now gone on to glory R.I.P. Peter.