Crossed the Bar

Sitrep 1 Funeral Arrangements.

Sitrep 2 Major changes to Funeral Arrangements

It is with so much sadness that I report that PO(SA) Hugh O’Donnell RFA(Retd). (Member number 0628) crossed the bar on Monday 2nd March 2020 aged 76. after a battle with cancer

Sitrep 3, A message from Hugh’s widow.

Sitrep 3:- “Dear All

Since Hugh’s sad passing I have received so many condolence cards, messages of sympathy and wonderful tributes to him.  In addition yesterday I received a most beautiful flower arrangement from ‘Friends and colleagues at the RFAA Solent Branch’.  All this has been of enormous comfort to myself and my family and is so very much appreciated.  I hope to thank you personally in due course but meanwhile my heartfelt thanks go to you all. 

 I hope you are managing to stay safe and well in these difficult times and send my very best wishes to you all.

Bridget “

Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing you again when normality returns. 

Best wishes



Sitrep 1 and 2. On advice from the Funeral Directors and the Parish Priest at St Patricks RC Church Hugh’s family have reluctantly decided that the Church Serviceat St Patrick’s will be cancelled but the cremation, at Wessex Vale Crematorium Southampton (HERE for their Website and HERE for a Map) will go ahead. When circumstances permit, a memorial service for Hugh will be held, details willl be sitreped on this page in due course.

Family flowers only but donations in lieu and in Hugh’s name should be made to The Mission to Seafarer’s (HERE for their Website)

Old shipmates and colleagues will be most welcome to attend the memorial service and those attending will be invited to join Hugh’s family for refreshments afterwards.

The arrangements are being made by Jonathan Terry, Funeral Directors at their Peartree Avenue office (HERE for their Website and HERE for a Map)

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

If you have any remembrances of Hugh please email it to me at captain.pat@rfaa.uk and I will post them on this page. Alternatively you can post to our facebook page “RFA Crossed the Bar”. I am also looking for photographs of Hugh for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, if you have one please email it to me.

PO(SA) Hugh O’Donnell RFA(Retd)