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Al Mathie - RIP

Old 2nd Feb 2012, 20:06
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Gr8 Mate!

I met Al (and Kanga) in the early 70's when he was a QWI on my Hunter course at Brawdy. It rapidly became clear that he was one of the best, esp with the time and experience he gave to us students. We bounced off each other ever since, on Jaguars, in bars, flying historics and more lately as Auster owners. His willingness to help, impart knowledge or just to share banter was second to none.

Sad loss, great mate, good bloke are too small a way to describe him, he really was one of the best.

We'll miss you Al!
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Old 2nd Feb 2012, 23:51
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I knew Al when he was OC Ops at Colt. I was a youngster and he was always the gentleman who had a way of holding his beer glass (with a handle of course) as if he was protecting it with his life, next to his chest! I am shocked and saddened by this news, as will be anyone who ever knew him.

Such a nice guy. My condolences to his wife, family and friends.


He takes the best.
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Old 3rd Feb 2012, 14:54
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I also remember an Alistair Mathie from the gliding section at Cranwell in 1963. He was then a cadet. For me to remember him from 50 years ago explains the impression he made on me all that time ago. RIP
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Old 3rd Feb 2012, 19:12
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Ian Mathie writes:

I and our family am very touched by the kind thoughts and great memories expressed by so many of my brother's friends and thank you all for these.

I note that some are asking about funeral arrangements so thought I should let you know. There will be a simple family cremation on 14th February and we will hold a Memorial Service on 12th Ma.We hope as many of his friends and colleagues as are able will come then and celebrate Al's life, beer glasses in hand, of course, to tell their tales and exchange memories.

Please leave your contact details with Liz Chapman at Rosedal Funeral Home in Diss, 01379 640810 we will send you details when arrangements have been made.

Thank you all for your wonderful support,

Ian Mathie
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Old 3rd Feb 2012, 21:05
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Just to let you guys know that there are equally fond memories of Al's life after military service through his coaching and mentoring of private pilots.

It must be 100s if not thousands of pilots who benefited from coming in to contact with him.

Accepting that he was a gen guy, I think it will be the better pilots he created that will be his lasting legacy.

With respect...

Old 4th Feb 2012, 08:00
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A nicer, more genuinely helpful guy has not been created.

I learnt so much from Al - the recce puke!

He will be missed.
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Old 4th Feb 2012, 15:20
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Muharraq '68

Remind me - I was on 208 when Al was on 8. We were all a lot younger and wilder then! But only vaguely remember something about Al and a landrover. Sad news but a great guy. Dick Northcote.
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Old 4th Feb 2012, 17:17
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From one Jag Mate to another...

blue skies Mat.............
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 14:19
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Dick N.

PM me your email address for more detail!
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Old 6th Feb 2012, 09:10
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Al Mathie - RIP

From another Jag mate - RIP AL
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Old 6th Feb 2012, 10:53
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A wonderful man, and so selfless, un-assuming and kind. He will be missed by all. We first met whilst he was at RAF Upavon on a Grd Tour, so sad, he will be sorely missed.
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Old 7th Feb 2012, 20:18
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Al Mathie

Dear Al - such a great man. The quintissential AFME Hunter Pilot. 8 Sqn, but we'll forgive him for that. What a bunch - Parts, Dai Heather-Hayes, Stef Karwowski, Johnnie Pym, Keith Holland, but Al was the gentleman among us all.

Dik - ah, the LandRover... I think it belonged to OC Ops, the dreary Hewitt. Math needed to borrow it to rescue some of the boys from downdown swinging Manama-on-Sea at the dead of night. Sadly a lamp post leaped out and bit him on the way home. I forget the exact outcome, but I recall he relieved me for a week's SDO when I had finished my own 7-day stint for the moonlight water-skiing episode. Swiftly follwed in turn by H-H after the flour bomb incident...etc...etc

And then there was Brawdy.

Always the gentleman, always a good friend. Goodbye Al, and thanks.

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Old 8th Feb 2012, 10:22
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The lamp post!

Ah yes, fond memories indeed. I well remember that night, returning from my future better halfs appartment down by the racetrack, when my Chevrolet Impala drifted around the bend and I entered a darkened area. I found myself evading several Bahraini policemen in the middle of my carriageway concealed by the night!. "Nil point" fortunately but I noticed that the dark area was due to a lamp post having collided with a land rover. GL tells me that Al wanted to install a plaque on the replacement post, as he had paid for it. This was not allowed!

RIP dear friend.
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Old 3rd May 2012, 16:10
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Does anyone have details of the memorial service for Al? I believe it is to be held sometime in May! Any info would be much appreciated

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Old 3rd May 2012, 19:04
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Dot called me a few weeks ago.

Sat 12May - 14H00 at the family farm in Burgate near Diss. The dress code bit was a bit vague but ISTR no black ties.

PM me for further details if you need any.

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Old 4th May 2012, 08:30
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Thanks Stiks. I think thats about all anybody knows. Just hope someone can identify the dress code etc! Glad I will be able to attend as already down that way playing golf.
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Old 11th May 2012, 19:14
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May I remind his friends and colleagues that the memorial to celebrate the life of Al Mathie takes place tomorrow, Saturday 12 May, at Brook Farm, Burgate, DISS, IP22 1QB at 1400.

By request from Dot and the family, dress appropriate to celebrate his life please, no black ties etc.

Mike R
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Old 13th May 2012, 06:49
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Al Mathie was my first AEF flight instructor at 5 AEF Wyton. His enthusiam and whole persona was fantastic, and that was what spurred me on to pursue a career within Aviation.

I didn't know him aswell as many of you, but, what a top pilot and instructor he was to all of us ATC cadets.
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Old 24th Oct 2012, 23:07
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Can't believe that I have only just heard this tragic news. Devastating for all who knew, loved and admired him. He and Dot would land at our local grass strip here in the Midlands and stay with us every so often for some great weekends - and an excellent Christmas. Al took my in-laws up in his Auster a couple of times. They had never been in the air before and were terrified at first, but they came back with the broadest smiles I have ever seen. Thanks, Al, for that kindness. All of us here owe you a great deal and will miss you very much.
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Old 25th Oct 2012, 06:43
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