Captain(E) Charles (Charlie) M Collis RFA(Retd)
It is with so much sadness that I announce that Captain(E) Charlie Collis Crossed the Bar on Saturday 16th November in St Martin whilst on a Caribbean Cruise with his wife Sandy. He was 82. He was cremated in St Martin on 21 Nov and his ashes have been flown home.
A Celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at All Saints Church, Marsh Lane, Fawley, SO45 1DL (HERE for their website and HERE for a map) on Monday 9th December at 14:00 and afterwards at the Ashlett Club, Ashlett Creek, Fawley, SO45 1DT (HERE for their website and HERE for a map). Old shipmates and colleagues will be very welcome.
On behalf of the RFA Association I extend our sincere condolences to his widow Sandy daughters Susan and Debbie and his three grandchildren.
If you have a remebrance of Charlie please email it to be at email@example.com and I will post them on this page.
Pat Thompson writes:- I first sailed with Charlie in 1972/3 in RFA Tidepool during Operation Millstone as part of the preparations for a NEO following Idi Amin’s antics in Uganda. Over the years I sailed with Charlie a couple more times and bumped into him at RFA Reunions. I found him to be a most genial and friendly man who will be sorely missed.
Paul Martin (Tiny) Bradley writes :- We met in passing several times. A gentleman and very pleasant to myself always. RIP.
Alex Blackwood writes:- I sailed with Charlie as my “Chief” on Many trips in “O” Boats. So sad to hear of him Crossing the Bar. As you said Genial and Friendly, I had a lot of respect for him as a Chief and a person.
John Wilkins writes:- It is with great sadness that I learnt of Charles’s passing although I am glad he was with his beloved Sandy at the end.