Special-award-for-Eastbourne-lifeboat-stalwarts

Byline: A presentation was made at the recent RNLI fundraisers AGM to two stalwarts of Eastbourne lifeboats who between them have dedicated nearly 80 years voluntary service
Page Content: Two specially commissioned prints of a water colour by local artist Andy Dunbar were presented to Cannon Bob Butler and Dr Colin Mckee by the crew of Eastbourne lifeboats to thank them for their lifetime contribution to the station spanning a combined total of nearly 80 years. Both men have stepped down from active service, Cannon Bob as Honorary Lifeboat Chaplain and Dr Mckee as Lifeboat Medical Advisor.

Following the presentation Cannon Bob reflected fondly on the 42 years he has been associated with the station and the many ceremonies he has officiated during that time. Not only has he dedicated every new lifeboat that has come on station during his tenure but also such things as the Sovereign light tower. Bob’s compassion and humour has been a comforting influence for everyone on station over the years, both through the joyous occasions such as weddings involving members of crew but also at sadder times on their passing.

Dr. McKee stepped down as Lifeboat Medical Advisor last year after 37 years but remains Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group. Colin remarked at the presentation that he will definitely not miss climbing the rope ladder of a passing ship in the middle of the night in heavy seas to attend injured crewmen or being woken in the middle of the night by his crew pager and looks forward to a more leisurely retirement. Colin played a key role in managing the fund raising efforts for our new lifeboat Diamond Jubilee and said he is proud to be associated with Eastbourne lifeboats and their crew. 

Byline: A presentation was made at the recent RNLI fundraisers AGM to two stalwarts of Eastbourne lifeboats who between them have dedicated nearly 80 years voluntary service
Page Content: Two specially commissioned prints of a water colour by local artist Andy Dunbar were presented to Cannon Bob Butler and Dr Colin Mckee by the crew of Eastbourne lifeboats to thank them for their lifetime contribution to the station spanning a combined total of nearly 80 years. Both men have stepped down from active service, Cannon Bob as Honorary Lifeboat Chaplain and Dr Mckee as Lifeboat Medical Advisor.

Following the presentation Cannon Bob reflected fondly on the 42 years he has been associated with the station and the many ceremonies he has officiated during that time. Not only has he dedicated every new lifeboat that has come on station during his tenure but also such things as the Sovereign light tower. Bob’s compassion and humour has been a comforting influence for everyone on station over the years, both through the joyous occasions such as weddings involving members of crew but also at sadder times on their passing.

Dr. McKee stepped down as Lifeboat Medical Advisor last year after 37 years but remains Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group. Colin remarked at the presentation that he will definitely not miss climbing the rope ladder of a passing ship in the middle of the night in heavy seas to attend injured crewmen or being woken in the middle of the night by his crew pager and looks forward to a more leisurely retirement. Colin played a key role in managing the fund raising efforts for our new lifeboat Diamond Jubilee and said he is proud to be associated with Eastbourne lifeboats and their crew.