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Ann Guirey - Funeral details

posted 4 Feb 2021, 00:44 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 4 Feb 2021, 00:45 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Further to SCARA message of 20/01/21 advising of the sad death of Ann Guirey, please find below links for on-line viewing of the church service at St John the Evangelist Church, Havering-atte-Bower and afterwards at Bentley Crematorium.

Michael Coffey O.A.M

posted 27 Jan 2021, 12:56 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 27 Jan 2021, 12:58 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Very sadly we have been notified of the death of Michael Coffey who was one of our Australian members. His family have kindly sent the following obituary together with a special photo.

It is with great sadness we report that Michael Coffey O.A.M. passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on January 11, 2021, aged 79.

A father of three, a keen golfer and successful businessman, Michael is perhaps best remembered for his incredible contributions to the community throughout his life. His services to business and the community were recognised in the Australia Day Honours in 2015, where he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

Michael’s impact began early in his career. He was a key member of the CSIRO team that revolutionised food preservation and transportation through containerisation. He was then invited to join the company that would become P&O Containers where he played a significant role in developing Australia’s trade relations with the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. Michael led Australian trade missions to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan and Iran in the very early days Australia’s trade development with those countries.

In his retirement from P&O he served on and led Boards of several community organisations including Karitane, Carrington Centennial Care and Liverpool Catholic Club, serving as President of the latter from 2016 until his recent passing.

Michael is survived by his wife of 54 years, three children and seven grandchildren. His memorial service will be shared via livestream (link below) at 11am on January 27 for those who wish to acknowledge the significant personal and professional contributions made throughout his life. Donations to The Heart Foundation would be appreciated.

We have also been given a link to the recording of Michael's funeral service:

Belinda McCormack

SCARA Membership Secretary

Ann Guirey

posted 20 Jan 2021, 11:23 by Mike Chapman

Dear SCARA Member,   

Very sadly we have received news from Ann Guirey's husband Gerry of her death on Thursday 14 January 2021.   

Gerry writes,   

"I am very sad to inform you that my dearest wife Ann passed away on the 14th January 2021. She had been unwell for some time but then got covid19. We both did but she was too weak to survive it. Thank you and her colleagues for your friendship to her over many years. She really enjoyed the get togethers. Her funeral will be on the 5th February and of course due to restrictions we are limited to numbers attending and will therefore be streaming her funeral online. We will be sending out orders of service cards to anyone who would like one so that they may join in the celebration of her life. Details will be available on request."

The attached photo, taken at the 2019 reunion, shows Ann (in the red jacket/black coat) with her dear friend Rosemarie Cast.

We offer our sincere condolences to Ann's family.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Joyce White

posted 20 Jan 2021, 10:14 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 20 Jan 2021, 10:15 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Joyce White's daughter Debbie has advised us that Joyce sadly died on 30 December 2020. Joyce worked for OCL/P&O Containers/PONL in London from 1978 leaving her last position in the Finance Dept. in 2003. Debbie tells us that Joyce enjoyed her long career in the Company where she made lifelong friends.

The funeral will take place at Bentley Crematorium, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9RZ on 29 January 2021 at 12:30.

We offer our sincere condolences to the family.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Adrian Tucker - Some recollections

posted 14 Jan 2021, 12:02 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 14 Jan 2021, 12:06 ]

Following the sad announcement about Adrian Tucker’s passing, we had the following note from Geoff Robbins: 

'Tom' and I go back to the very beginnings of OCL in the SE Region office in 122 Minories - just over 50 years...!!  I came from P&O in Dec 1968, and Tom joined from US Lines in Jan/Feb of '69, just in time to set up for the first sailing of Encounter Bay. I have attached two very faded copies of photostats taken from the then company magazine ....

1st Lower photo shows SE Region Freight Office in April 1969, with Tom left foreground. Peter Davies is opposite him talking to Les Gooding. (I am behind Peter with my back to him) How many of the others in the photos do you remember ?

2nd was sent from unknown person in B'Ham office just after the sports day held up there in May/June '69, and is of the SE Regions 5-aside footy team. L-R 'Tom' Tucker, Jim Paddon, Me, Clive Barrett, and Tony Ramm (he didnt stay long, but the rest of us stayed for years...)

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

Adrian Tucker

posted 13 Jan 2021, 08:35 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 14 Jan 2021, 04:44 ]

Dear SCARA Member,  

Very sadly we have received news from his daughter Andrea that Adrian Tucker died on Thursday 7 January. Adrian would have been well known to many of the SCARA membership especially those in the south east of England. The pictures attached were taken at the 2017 SCARA reunion.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday 2 February 2021 at 2:30 at Eltham Crematorium, London SE9 2AZ.

John Sheldrake

posted 9 Dec 2020, 13:24 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 9 Dec 2020, 13:24 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Sadly we have been advised by Eddie Wipperman of the death of John Sheldrake on 22 November 2020.

John had a long career in shipping & transport and was Managing Director Containerbase Barking when he took early retirement during the 90s.  

The funeral will take place in Braintree, Essex on Monday 4 January 2021 at 10:00am

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

SCARA Update December 2020

posted 9 Dec 2020, 08:27 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 9 Dec 2020, 08:27 ]
Dear SCARA Member,   

We hope this message finds you safe and well, a bit harder now that winter is here, and managing to stay positive while we see off this horrible virus.

Since the last update in August, the SCARA Committee held a virtual meeting when Mike Seymour formally resigned as chairman of SCARA and handed over the reigns to David Cross. Mike was invited and has accepted the role of vice president and will of course keep a keen interest in the future of SCARA.

You are now represented on the SCARA Committee by:
  • David Cross - Chairman
  • Belinda McCormack - Membership Secretary
  • Geoff Sharman - Hon Treasurer
  • Eleanor Grady - Minute Secretary
  • Mary Anthony
  • Jim Baxter
  • Peder Braendeholm
  • David Charlesworth
  • Chris Evans
  • Fiona Ruxton
  • Hilary Perring

Our new Chairman, David Cross, has the following message for the membership.

"As this horrible year draws to a close I'd like to let you all know that the Committee and myself are very keen to ensure 2021 is a much better year for our SCARA group, all of us. Hopefully the much talked about vaccines will allow us all ‘out’ again next year and with that thought in mind our plans for SCARA in 2021 are taking shape. As well as the Annual Lunch on 18 November 2021, please put in your diaries now!, we also plan to have a 'near London' event in the Spring and, all being well, a North West event in the Summer time.

Finally a word of sincere thanks, on behalf of us all to Mike Seymour who ceased being Chairman at the end of October. He has led SCARA wonderfully well for the last 11 years and on your behalf I'd like to thank him. A milestone birthday and the desire to do other things led to this and I will endeavour to match his stewardship and we will all continue to be part of a flourishing SCARA and not to let our OCL, P&OCL and P&ONL heritage disappear."

In our last message we did asked what members had been up to during the restrictions forced on us all and we got some very interesting feedback.

  • Some people have been very busy like Mike Sherwood who has built not 1 but 2 patios. See attached pic.

  • Golf continued to play a key role in some of our lives. The attached photo from John Adams shows left to right...Matt Adams, Simon Moore, John Adams, Paul Nixon @ Colchester Golf Club "19th"....about 100 years of P&O / DP World experience around the table.
  • David Cross has shared a photo of the new glass office block taking shape on the site of Beagle, later Maersk House taken in November this year.

We close by wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the very best for a Happy and Healthy New Year from your Chairman and Committee.

SCARA Membership Secretary

Belinda McCormack

Peter Pollitt MBE

posted 29 Nov 2020, 12:41 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 29 Nov 2020, 12:41 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Sadly we have received news of the death of Peter Stephen Hoskin Pollitt, MBE. With a long career in shipping and transport he will be know to many of our members.

Derek Warmington writes,

"I bring the sad news that Peter Pollitt died on the 20th November 2020 at the age of 83.

After pre-sea training at the Southampton School of Navigation, Warsash, Peter joined P&O as a Deck Cadet in 1955 remaining at sea until 1967 by which time he had risen to be Chief Officer.

He then stayed with P&O for a further three years as Cargo Superintendent at the Royal Docks, London and Yokohama, Japan, before embarking on a highly successful career in container terminal Management and port management, mainly in Southampton, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Peter held senior management positions in a number of companies, including OCL, Solent Container Services, Gray Mackenzie, ABP, Marine and Transport Services (MATS) and DP World.

For eleven years he was the Chairman of the Dubai International Seafarers’ Centre and in 2001, he was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

The funeral will be held at the Test Valley Crematorium at 12.15pm on Monday 7 December, but attendance has to be restricted due to COVID-19 regulations. Arrangements are therefore being made for the service to be streamed through the internet and If you would like to receive this, please email Patricia Pollitt at to obtain the necessary link. This will be available to view for up to 28 days."

Belinda McCormack

SCARA Membership Secretary

John Agnew

posted 27 Oct 2020, 11:46 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 27 Oct 2020, 12:25 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Very sadly we have been advised that John Agnew died on Monday 26 October 2020. Gerry Askham very kindly sent the following message.   

"John's daughter Susan phoned me this morning to say he died peacefully yesterday after a short illness and was very frail.

He and I worked together in 123 Houndsditch in the early seventies under Harry Lunn in the Cargo Dept. He will be remembered for amongst many things for being the author of the first comprehensive Cargo manual for OCL and working with Uncle Jack Huntly on the first definitive book on containerisation.

Regards Gerry Askham"

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

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