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Michael John Howard Singleton


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Michael Singleton was born in 1933, the oldest son of Raymond and Ivy Singleton of Battersea, London. He joined the Royal Navy at age 18 and saw active combat at Suez in 1956. He spent the next 30 years of his life in naval service, mainly in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Far East, especially Singapore and Malaysia, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Michael was a gentle, kind and warm-hearted person who had a enduring thirst for travel and adventure. He loved the sea all his life, but when on land he particularly enjoyed participating in motor sports. When he retired from the Royal Navy he settled in Portsmouth where he continued to pursue his interests in motor racing.
In 1985 Michael took part in the Ramblers Association Jubilee Walk around England and Wales, being one of only two walkers completing the whole circuit of 2000 miles. It was on this walk that he met Kate, who he married in 1989. He spent the remaining 25 years of his life living very happily with Kate, first in Glasgow, where he ran a small painting and decorating business, before they finally both retired to Carradale, near Campbeltown on Kintyre, in a house overlooking the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran. He became treasurer of Kintyre Civic Society, was a very active participant in local countryside regeneration projects and in the restoration of the historic Clyde paddle steamer ‘Waverley’.
Michael remained a keen walker and intrepid traveller all his life. He and Kate enjoyed travelling to many destinations of the world, including China, India, Australia, North and South America, and the Far East. It was on one such trip, shortly after his 81st birthday, that Michael unfortunately sustained a head injury from a fall and died suddenly in hospital in Bratislava in August 2014. He is survived by his widow Kate, and two younger brothers, Brian and Christopher. As well as a bequest to RNLI in Michael’s will, the mourners at his funeral in Glasgow, instead of sending flowers, made donations to RNLI, which Kate knew Michael would have wanted.
Michael served his country faithfully for 30 years and afterwards engaged in many activities that benefited the community. He is greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him, who will always remember his wonderful smile and kindly nature.

Added by: Christopher Singleton on 15 April 2015.



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