It is with so much sadness that I announce that Captain (E) Douglas (Dougie) Lewis (Plymouth Branch) Crossed the Bar on the 6th April 2013 aged 78 following a heart attack.
The funeral will be held at Efford Crematorium, Plymouth (HERE for their website and HERE for a map) at 13:00 on Monday 22nd April 2013. The arrangelements are being made by Co-operative Funeralcare, Crownhill, (HERE for their website and HERE for a map).
Friends and colleagues are very welcome to attend.
On behalf of the RFA Association I extend our sincere condolences to his widow, Mary, their children Natalie and Phillip and grandson Finnian.
If you have a remembrance of Dougie please e-mail me at email@example.com and I will append it to this page.
Pat Thompson writes :-
Dougie, as many of you will recall was a “black belt (with numerous Dans) in Karate. My memory of Dougie was in around 1974 in RFA Sir Galahad during a deployment to the Mediterranean with the Royal Marine Commando Logistic Regiment embarked. Dougie used to run Karate training sessions for the Marines on the flight deck.
From our Plymouth Correspondent:- This afternoon in a simple ceremony in Efford Chapel, family, friends, neighbours & RFA colleagues gathered to say farewell to Douglas. Born one of three brothers in Calcutta in 1935, he came to Britain as a young man and worked for Thorneycrofts before joining the RFA as a JEO in 1956. Married to Mary in 1960, he was promoted CEO in 1971 and served in most classes of ship through the Falklands & first Gulf War until retiring in 1995 after 39 years service.
In retirement he pursued DIY, often with a blatant disregard for health & safety for which he had been responsible at sea and delighted family and friends with his cooking skills. Well known around his neighbourhood where he was always ready with a helping hand and he was a regular attender at local events on the Hoe and at St Andrew’s. He will be much missed by all who knew him.