Crossed the Bar

It is with so much sadness that I  announce that Chief Officer (SE(C)) Tom Kennedy Crossed the Bar on Wednesday 17th July at his home in Largs. He was 70 years old.

Tom seen here (on the left) with STJ


Tom’s funeral will be held on Thursday 25th July at 10:30 at Saint Columba’s Church Largs (HERE for the website and HERE for a map) followed by cremation at the Holmford Crematorium, Dreghorn at 12:00 (HERE for the website and HERE for a map). Afterwards at the Menzies Hotel Irvine (HERE for the website and HERE for a map). Old shipmates will be welcome.


By request of the family it will be family flowers only donations in lieu should be made to the British Heart Foundation (HERE for the website)

Arrangements for the funeral are being made by  William Tyre and Son, Largs (HERE for the website and HERE for a map).

On behalf of the RFA Association I extend our sincere condolences to his widow Helen, son Thomas, daughter Karen and grandchildren Saul and Rebecca.


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


Brian Wilkie writes :-

Lots of memories of a great character and shipmate.
Watching football together in Malta ( match abandoned due to both teams fighting) or in thick snow in Bath, where Hull City lost to Bristol. Tom last seen when he dropped by on his way to the States a few years back complete with “Steer-Head” Belt. Rest easy Tom.
Sincere condolences to Helen and family.
Brian Wilkie


Eric Fisher writes-

Tom was a great shipmate and a proud fellow Scot. He was a fanatic supporter of Auchenleck Talbot a Scots Junior team and Helen and Tom followed them everywhere.

I exchanged e-mails right up to his death and my condolences to his wonderful wife Helen.