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Mel Shipsides - RIP

Old 19th Feb 2014, 11:07
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Mel Shipsides - RIP

I have recently learnt of the demise of Mel of Maritime fame. A MAEOp of 42 Sqn, 203 Sqn & 236 OCU, he'll be sadly missed by all who knew him.


Shipsides Mel On Thursday 12th December 2013, unexpectedly at home aged 72. Dearly loved by his family and many friends and he will be very much missed. Funeral service at Penmount Crematorium on Saturday 21st December at 11.00am. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Help for Heroes and Shelter Box by retiring collection or by c/o the Funeral Directors A.C Richards & Son, Station Approach, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0LH. Tel:01872 572027
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Old 19th Feb 2014, 19:03
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sad news indeed he was one of life's nice people.
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Old 19th Feb 2014, 19:04
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A fine chap was Mel. Best wishes to those he leaves behind.
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Old 19th Feb 2014, 22:44
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I worked with Mel in those halcyon days on 236 OCU. A gentleman, a pleasure to work (and play) with, and a real shame he's gone.

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Old 20th Feb 2014, 12:38
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Sad news indeed. I knew him on 42 and the OCU. If I recall corectly he was on the crew that won the Aird Whyte at Kinloss, the Barra trophy and the ground crew won the Nairn trophy with the last MR1
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Old 20th Feb 2014, 16:19
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RIP Mel, we had some fun way back when on 236 OCU.....
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Old 21st Feb 2014, 11:47
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Another sad loss for Maritime. A great gentleman and one of the finest aviators I ever knew.

Condolences to his family during this most difficult of times.

RIP Mel, gone but not forgotten.
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Old 21st Feb 2014, 14:27
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Remembering some of those long nights enjoying far too many beers. RIP Mel, Spock.
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Old 21st Feb 2014, 15:17
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Far, far too many beers!

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