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Porthcawl RNLI sadness following the news of the passing of former chair

Lifeboats News Release

Porthcawl RNLI are mourning the loss of former chair of Porthcawl RNLI committee, John Abraham and the station flag currently flies at half mast. John was chair of both the operational and fundraising committees, volunteering for the charity for 20 years, retiring in February 2018.

Stephen Jones / Porthcawl RNLI

John Abraham meeting HRH Princess Anne on the occasion of her visit for Porthcawl RNLI's 50th anniversary year

During his time as chair, it is estimated that over half a million pounds was raised locally for the charity. The lifeboat launched over one thousand times and saved numerous lives. John was supported throughout by his wife Marj who in her own right raised seventy thousand pounds selling tickets for quilts she would raffle each summer season.

John’s first contact with Porthcawl lifeboat was through his father, one of the original 12 volunteers who formed the elected station committee in 1965, when a lifeboat station was re-established in the town. When retirement as a deputy head teacher brought John and his wife Marj back to live in Porthcawl he was invited to join the fundraising committee, becoming chair and later going on to also become station chair.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Philip Missen MBE said:

‘John was a great supporter of our station and was very proud of our volunteer crew. He dedicated many hours to the charity in so many varied ways. He was a friend to us all and respected by all our volunteers. All at Porthcawl RNLI send our sincere condolences to John’s wife Marj and his family.'

Stephen Jones / Porthcawl RNLI

Marj and John Abraham on their 60th Wedding Anniversary receiving

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Marj and John Abraham during the 50th anniversary celebrations for Porthcawl RNLI

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