Dedicated Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Medical Adviser passes away
It is with great sadness that Blyth RNLI announce the passing of Dr Reginald Carr MBE.
Dr Carr had been a committed volunteer of the RNLI for 65 years and had held various positions at Blyth RNLI most notably, Honorary Medical Adviser from 1956-2018.
He had been involved with the RNLI in Blyth since 1953 and as well as undertaking the work of Station Medical Officer, which involved him going out on my shouts, his RNLI career in Blyth has included the roles of Honorary Secretary, Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group.
In 2014, Dr Carr’s RNLI work was recognised by the Charity where he was bestowed with the title of Honorary Life Governor of the Institution and in 2016 recognised in the New Year’s Honours list when he received an MBE for over 60 years voluntary work with the RNLI.
In July 2018, Blyth RNLI held a special presentation evening to say ‘Thank You’ to Dr Carr for 65 years voluntary work with the Station and was presented with an Award to mark the occasion.
Blyth Lifeboat Operations Manager Barry Pearson said ‘We were all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Carr who has played a major role in making Blyth RNLI the station that it is today. On behalf of the RNLI and all associated with Blyth RNLI, we wish to pass on our condolence’s to Dr Carr’s family, and we know he will be missed in the town.’
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