Lifeboat hero served for four decades

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

TRIBUTES have been paid to a lifeboat vol­un­teer and busi­ness­man who served with Holy­head RNLI for more than four decades.

Bob Thom­son, who has died aged 68, first joined the RNLI in 1970 and be­came Holy­head’s head launcher in 1985.

More re­cently, he took on the role of Deputy Launch­ing Author­ity.

He bal­anced his lifeboat ca­reer with run­ning his own plumb­ing busi­ness and spend­ing time with his late wife Glenys, his three daugh­ters and his grand­chil­dren.

His brother was Brian Thom­son, who stood down last year after 14 years as the Holy­head coxswain, hav­ing been awarded an MBE for his ser­vices to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Tony Price, the cur­rent Holy­head coxswain, said Bob Thom­son had con­trib­uted a great deal to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“He did so much for the town he lived in all his life, vol­un­teer­ing here at the lifeboat sta­tion for all of those years, but also pro­vid­ing a ser­vice and em­ploy­ment for so many,” he said.

“We would all like to ex­tend our sin­cere con­do­lences to all of Bob’s fam­ily and friends. He’ll be very sadly missed.”

Dur­ing his lifeboat ca­reer, Mr Thom­son served on many dif­fer­ent classes of ves­sel, in­clud­ing the Bar­nett class, Waveney, Arun and Tyne lifeboats.He was one of the crew to bring the Arun class Hy­man Win­stone to Holy­head in 1980, as well as the Tyne class St Cybi II in 1985.

In 2004, at the nam­ing cer­e­mony for the all-weather lifeboat Christo­pher Pearce, Mr Thom­son met RNLI pa­tron the Duke of Kent.

His last time at sea was on that ves­sel two years ago, ac­com­pa­ny­ing his brother as they brought it back from Portrush fol­low­ing some me­chan­i­cal work.

Sadly missed: Bob Thom­son (left) and his brother Brian, for­mer coxswain of Holy­head, and (be­low) meet­ing HRH the Duke of Kent in 2004 at the nam­ing cer­e­mony of the RNLB Christo­pher Pearce

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