Obituary: Martin Richard Evans 1937 – 2015

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Martin Richard Evans sadly passed away on 28 March 2015 aged 78.

Martin was educated at King’s College Wimbledon, before starting a sea going career as a Cadet with Elder Dempster Lines, on their West African service. He became Chief Officer, and then took up a position as a Pilot in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In December 1969 Martin accepted a position with Trinity House as a London District (North) Channel Pilot, commencing his training period.

He qualified as an all draft First Class Pilot in 1972. In 1988, with the re-organisation of UK pilotage, Martin became a Harwich Haven Authority Pilot, until his retirement in 1996.

Martin was a very keen golfer and member of the Trinity House Pilots Golfing Society. He was also a long time member of Colchester Golf Club. A very popular character amongst his many friends and colleagues Martin will be much remembered for his distinctive and infectious laugh – you knew when Martin was in the room! Martin was a family man and is greatly missed by his wife Elizabeth, their two sons Richard and Mark, their wives and grandchildren, and all his friends.

Martin’s funeral took place at Seven Hills Crematorium in Ipswich on 20 April and was attended by his family, friends and colleagues. RIP.

Patrick King – London District
(North) Pilot Ret’d

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