Crossed the Bar

It is with so much sadness that I report that CPO(D) Michael (Mike) Collings crossed the bar on the 20th February aged 78. Reproduced below is the notice from the Plymouth Herald.:-


“COLLINGS Mike Peacefully on 20th February 2017 aged 78 years. Former landlord of The Shakespeare. Loved husband of Jean (deceased), dearest dad of Jeanette, Madge, Mark and Michael, father-in-law of Allan, Wayne and Ken and a much loved grandad (Gan Gan Bobos) and great-grandad. Finally at peace, reunited with mum. Funeral service at Weston Mill Crematorium Chapel on Friday 3rd March at 12.00 noon. Family flowers only by request, however donations in lieu made payable to Freshfields Nursing Home may be left by retiring collection or sent c/o Earl of Plymouth PL2 3AA Enquiries telephone 01752 605550”

Old shipmates and colleagues will be most welcome to attend.

The arrangements for the funeral are being made by Earl of Plymouth Funeral Directors, (HERE for their website and HERE for a map)

Mike was not a member of the Association so I have no more details but should any become available I will post them to this page.

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to all his family.


If you have any remembrances of Mike please email it to me at captain.pat@rfaa.uk and I will post them on this page. I am also looking for photographs of Mike for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, If you have one please email it to me.