Crossed the Bar


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Sitrep 2 Funeral update. (Now superceeded, see SITREP 3)

Sitrep 3 Funeral details.

I have received, the very sad news that RO(A) Ian Schofield-Beevers (Scofe) RFA(Retd), membership number 0152 Crossed the Bar on 26/3/2018 aged 77. I have just spoken to his sister in law and further confirmed his passing.


SITREP3 Funeral Details. Scofe’s funeral has now been confirmed and will take place at St Budocks Church (HERE for the website and HERE for a map) at 12:00 on Friday 20th April. With arrangements being made by T. Cooke (HERE for their website and HERE for a Map)

Old friends, shipmates and colleagues will be must welcome to attend and will be invited to join the family afterwards for refreshments.

Family flowers only by request but donations in lieu and in Scofe’s name should be made to the Royal British Legion, Penryn Branch (HERE for their website and HERE for a map)

Sitrep 2  Now superceeded.Funeral Arrangements Update.Following a meeting with Scofe’s son Mark and Daughter Fiona and as the post mortem for Scofe was carried out much quicker than first though they are currently rushing to sort out the funeral which is now likely to be either the 19th or 20th April at Budock Church (HERE for  the website and HERE )for a map. Also discussed was the wake and obviously numbers likely to attend is a priority for venue size. Please can you therefore contact all the branches to update them and advise who is likely to be attending and let me know asap. I know this will be difficult but if we can get some idea on numbers it would help.

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to his children, Mark and Fiona, and all his family.

Scofe seen here on the right with Martin Seymour at an RFA Reunion.

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


Pat Thompson writes:-

Gosh, how many years ago was it that I sailed with Scofe, more than I care to count, but all those years ago he was a true shipmate. More recently we met up at a number of RFA Reunions and he was still the great bear of a man I remembered. I had hoped to “stiff” him for a load of beer at the forthcoming RFA Reunion 2018 in Liverpool, sadly this now is not to be. See you on Fiddlers Green Old Shipmate.

Ross Ferris writes:-

So sorry to hear about Scofe. He was one of the best, a stalwart when representing RFA past & present, always attended the Falmouth Remembrance Service, sporting his RFA beret. A regular helper at Penryn & Falmouth Sea Cadet Unit.

My lasting memory will be Black Rover, WIGS, 1980/81, where we held regular  ”Blues Brothers” themed parties, which Scofe would always attend complete with black suit, trilby and sunglasses.

Happy days. RIP Scofe.

Martin Seymour writes :-

One of the old school ‘Sparks’ and such pleasant memories of a genuine shipmate.

(The photo was taken when he & Ed visited myself and Mike Austin at Padstow in 2013, when Mike and I were manning the ex Fleet Tender MV Pride of Bristol (ex HMS Messina)).

73’s OM

Brian Waters writes:-

Scofe and I were together in mv British Tamar for the Falklands War in ‘82 and I have always had warm memories of his cheeriness and solid good sense.  We found ourselves in Gib quite early on in the campaign, having emptied the Tamar into Pearleaf south of Ascension and in need of a refill.  We had a damned good scran in Jim’s Den, his Pinchitos were to die for; in fact I think we went round the buoy!   We spent the rest of our war salivating over the prospect of the re-run and our greeting over many years has always been “Pinchitos for two”.  Hope you find some up there, Scofe, old friend.


Mike Nurse writes:-

What sad news –  a wonderful ship mate and always good to see him.

Scofe was my first “boss” when I joined RFA in 1964 in Plymouth and as a very nervous JRO I looked around the radio room and  realised I had never seen any of the equipment before. Scofe instructed “Don’t turn anything on”  –  I  assumed that he wanted to supervise my every move and it was only after a few days that I discovered he had over 1000 cigarettes stashed away in the final power amplifier stages of the main transmitter.

A truly lovely guy who will be very sadly missed –  RIP Scofe and thanks for the memories

Dave Palin writes :-

Such sad news. It really upset me!

We would meet up in Helford each year when I stayed there for a week during June. Ed Perera will be devastated!

I did one trip with Adrian, Scofe jnr in ‘70, he was 3/O & I was JRO.

Alex Blackwood writes:-

I don’t know when I first met “Scofe” He was just someone you knew!  I never sailed with him but our paths seemed to cross on many occasions, we always had a beer, or two, when we met and after retiring we have kept in touch by e-mail, I had one from him a couple of weeks ago and last saw him when he was in Portsmouth with his Sea cadet Unit.
I was, and still am, totally shocked by the sad news of his passing. He was a a lovely man and will be sadly missed.
My heart felt condolences go to his family, We will not forget him. RIP Scofe.

Tomás SAVAGE writes:-

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Irish Gaeilge.
May his soul be seated on God’s right hand.
Silent key old friend.
Amend the  AIG 1017 list from your new port.
Allan Coxon Writes:-

A true ‘Sparkie’ gone ‘silent key’.  Never sailed with Schofe but we had many a good run ashore if we were in port together.  We always caught up with him when we were in the UK and dinner at the Cornish Arms, Frogpool will never be the same again. Raising a glass to his memory.  RIP Schofe and deepest condolences to Fiona, Mark and the rest of his family.


Mike Austin Writes:

A picture of Schof in 1965 ( the RFA R/O’s long course) where we first met.
He was a budding rally driver in those days, running around in his racing green MG Midget – demonstrating heel and toeing on the Collingwood parade ground. To me as a mere 19 year old he set the standard.
We sailed together a couple of times and have met infrequently ever since – he was a good guy who I will miss.
Mike Austin

From the RFAA’s “ RFA Crossed the Bar Page.

Digby Denby Sad news indeed. RIP Schofe your duty is done

Richard Llewellyn Great shame, remember dining him out as he retired. RIP

Phillip Edwards RIP Ian. Sad news.

Eric Fisher RIP dear old Schofe

Martin Jones RIP Schofe. A gent and great shipmate. Met him not so long ago in Falmouth.

Steve Talbot RIP Schofe

Rab Thomson Oh Schofe. I am so sorry to hear of this. Only fairly recently was on the phone.
I first met Schofe in 1965 when I jackstayed across to the old Tidespring. He was 2nd RO and I was supernumery 3rd. We both paid off later that year in Singapore where we had to wait a week before flying home with Dan Dare. We had some fun what with Scofe treating the Thomson Road as his racetrack with his hired car. We were friends since those heady days. Cannot believe you are now QRT my old pal. RIP Schofe.

Thurston Sargent RIP Ian …. last spoke in Plymouth a few years ago

Michael Spear RIP. Condolences to his family.

Bryan Davies RIP Schofe remember the good times when I sailed with him many years ago condolences to his family

Kenneth Nichols RIP Schofe – condolences to the family

Paul Harvey RIP Scofe!

Charlie Rogers RIP shipmate ⚓️