Date.    14/02/2015                              Berwick   Report no. HB3/15


Berwick RNLI mourn former Helmsman death


Berwick RNLI mourn former Helmsman death, William Shearer (Billy).


Billy was former Helmsman at Berwick lifeboat station and recipient of the Bronze RNLI medal for gallantry, after rescuing a yachtsman from an upturned yacht in 1975.

Billy was well known in the community and also served for some years as an Auxiliary Coast Guard at Berwick. Latterly he held the post as Local Training Coordinator and Deputy Launching Authority for Berwick RNLI.

He will be remembered at a service of remembrance on Friday, 20 February at 11.30, St John’s Church, Spittal, Berwick-upon-Tweed.


Lifeboat Operations Manager Tom Wakenshaw said, ‘Billy was a great help to me when I first became Lifeboat Operations Manager and along with his wife Pat they became great friends. He will be a miss around the station and our condolences go to Pat and her family at this sad time.’



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