RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Crew pay tribute to former Coxswain Geoff Ormrod
Friends and former colleagues are sad to announce the passing of their friend Geoff Ormrod, who served as a Lifeboat crew member at Hoylake for 56 years.
Geoff joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution aged just 16. He held many positions during his service, including Signalman, First Aider, 2nd Mechanic and later Coxswain from 1998 to 2001.
Notably on 20 September 1979, Geoff was part of a bronze medal service in storm force conditions to the yacht Truganini. During his time as Coxswain, he was also presented with a letter of appreciation from the RNLI's Operations Director for a service on a very stormy Christmas morning in 1999.
Geoff retired as Coxswain in 2001, but remained an active Shore Crew member. He also became an RNLI Divisional Assessor Trainer within the North Division, passing on his wealth of knowledge and experience to the next generation of volunteers.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dave Whiteley, says: ‘Geoff was highly respected by all Station personnel at Hoylake. He always made time to ensure the crew fully understood any tasks to which they were assigned. As a training assessor, he later carried his great enthusiasm around the coast and was a real credit to the RNLI.’
Geoff’s funeral will take place at 11:30 am on Friday 9 June at St. Hilderburgh’s Church, Hoylake followed by a short service at Landican.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.