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Memorial Service for former Criccieth RNLI crew member

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers crew members and station officials from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station convened yesterday to celebrate the life of former crew member, Griff Davies Owen alongside his family and friends.

Griff Davies Owen

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Griff Davies Owen

The Memorial Service, held in the Lifeboat Station, was attended by around 100 individuals including members of Côr Meibion Dwyfor choir who sang three songs during the service. Following the Service, the Crew launched the Station's Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan and spread flowers in the bay.

Griff had served as a Crew member and Helmsman on the Lifeboat for 18 years in total, before emigrating to New Zealand in late 1990.

Following the Service, Criccieth's Lifeboat Operations Manager Peter Williams commented "everybody who had served and knew Griff feels a sad loss. Today's service was a fitting tribute to a much-loved figure who had served the Station with distinction".

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