Sitrep 1:- Funeral Details.
Sitrep 2:- Tribute from Martin Seymour
Sitrep 3:- Tribute from Alex Blackwood
It is with so much sadness that I report that Chief Officer(SE) Barry Finlay Crossed the Bar.
Gill Forth has informed me of the Funeral Details for Barry.
Pat, So sad to read that Barry has passed on. I read it a couple of days ago and still cannot quite believe it.
Barry and I were of much the same “Vintage”, joining the RFA as second (Junior) Electrical Officers in the mid sixties. Our careers progressed along parallel paths throughout. We never sailed together but relieved each other as Senior “leckies” and eventually Ch/off SE.
We met on many and various social occasions throughout our time in the RFA and shortly after retiring. It was always a pleasure to “Have a pint” with Barry
I can only pass on my deep and heartfelt condolences to Jean and family. Barry you were a good shipmate and will be sadly missed.
I received the following email from Gill Forth, joint Chair of the Scottish and Newcastle Branch this morning:-
“Hi Pat and Frank
I heard this morning that Barry Finlay slipped away peacefully last night. Barry was a good friend of ours, whom Phil and I first met back in 1978 we think on Resource.
Our paths crossed on many occasions, his son Jamie was one of my mums Beaver Scouts, and as he progressed through our Sea Scout Group, Barry took his sailing qualifications and became an RYA Senior Sailing Instructor. He was well known at HMS Bristol where he took our Scouts for many years for a week of water activities.
In more recent years Barry became our Scout District Secretary.
Barry also continued to sail and was a member of the South Shields sailing club, where he was proactive being their secretary for some years too.
After retiring from the sea Barry became a lecturer at South Tyneside College, continuing to work there until a few weeks ago.
Barry leaves a wife Jean, son Jamie (First Officer)who works for the RFA most recently as Staff Navigator FOST) and daughter Katie.
I will keep you informed when I hear anything further regarding arrangements
As usual I will post any more news, arrangements etc on this page as they become available.
On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to Jean and thier son Jamie.
If you have any remembrances of Barry please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them on this page. I am also looking for photographs of Barry for this piece and the RFA Association Galery and Archive, If you have one please email it to me.