‘HE DID SO MUCH FOR THE TOWN’
Lifeboat hero served for four decades
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