RNLI St Davids pay tribute to Dr George Middleton
RNLI St Davids lifeboat station is in mourning following the death of Dr George Middleton MBE, a key figure at both the station and in the wider community.
A much loved local GP, Dr Middleton served as Honorary Medical Advisor at St Davids RNLI for many years and launched with the boat a number of times for medical rescues. He became our Honorary Medical Advisor in 1956 and was also a member of the RNLI’s national medical committee for many years, researching medical incidents, finding and testing medical equipment and designing the medical training to lifeboat crews throughout the RNLI.
Dr Middleton was also one of the founders of Porthmawr surf lifesaving club at Whitesands over 60 years ago which is as vibrant now as was all those years ago. He also regularly accompanied the RAF search and rescue helicopters from Brawdy on missions off the coasts of Wales and Ireland.
Dr Middleton was awarded the RNLI’s Silver and Gold badges and was a Life Governor of the RNLI. He was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services with the RNLI and other organisations. He was also a Deputy Launching Authority and since 1997 had been the President of the St Davids RNLI. He even delivered our current station Mechanic into the World back in 1965.
Mike Chant, RNLI St Davids Mechanic, says ‘It was an honour to have been asked to be one of Dr George Middleton's pall bearer at his funeral which was very much a celebration of a life well lived and full of inspiration. Doc Middleton was a huge part of our station and the community for so many years and will be fondly remembered.’
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