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Roy Beaumont


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Roy Michael Beaumont
24th February 1927 – 8th December 2009
Roy was born and spent his early years in Eltham, South London.
His parents, Norah and Leonard, moved to Highgate in North London, in the 1930’s.
As a young boy, he sang in the choir at the church of St. Augustine in Archway Road.
At the beginning of WW2 the family moved again, to New Southgate.

Roy was called up for national service in the Royal Artillery.
After his basic training in North Wales, he was posted to Khartoum in the Sudan. The weeks at sea on the troopship sparked an interest in things maritime.

He moved Newhaven and began working at the Channel Island Shipping Company in the Pool of London area. His career continued with the shipping company, with occasional trips out to Jersey and Guernsey on the company’s freighters. Later he was stationed in Portsmouth working on the ships’ manifests before the company eventually closed down.

Later he moved to Bournemouth and a new career in the Midland Bank, where he stayed until his retirement. He was a very popular person with his colleagues at the bank. He began to organise trips to concerts in Bournemouth, especially the Christmas Concerts. He had a broad taste in music but mostly enjoyed listening to the classics. Over the years he acquired a large collection of CD’s

He never lost his interest in ships and would wait keenly for the Waverley to pay its annual visit to the area and arrange to take a trip aboard. He regularly bought Shipping Monthly to keep abreast with the maritime world.

In the 1980’s he suffered a stroke that began to limit his activities. Nevertheless despite this, he was never heard to complain and maintained his sense of humour.
Remembered by his family and friends.

Added by: Ken Beaumont on 21 April 2010.



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