An obituary by Billy.

The week before last we finished our Shift-work on a Thursday morning. As usual - we're all
knackered but happy to be having a few days rest before Monday comes around and we all
had to start the whole routine again.

I said to one member of our shift;
"See you Monday Buster", and as usual I was greeted with a happy shagged out smile and
he replied;
"Yeah - I'm fu** to get some kip and then get on with all this home improvements
stuff that's going on!"
He had the builders in doing all manner of stuff according to conversations we would have
through the night. Ex military talk about everything and anything and usually end up
taking the piss out of all of it. We even got round to talking about knocking the job
on the head. Been doing it too long. Time to call it a day. Take the zinc hand-shake
and the pension and fu*k off out of it. Y'know how it goes.

We all ambled our seperate ways and dragged our tired selves away for a well earned rest.

That was it really. Nothing much to write home about.

Then Monday comes along and I gets into work about 06:30 and I'm looking at another
member of the Shift who seems to have a lot on his mind.

"Have you heard about Buster?", he says.
Military humour kicks in and I said,
"He thrown a sicky? Won the fu**ing Lottery or what?"

"No Mac - he passed away on Sunday"

I'm thinking - did I just hear you right? You just told me Busters died?

I'd just managed to get through my 59th Birthday and Buster (who was
bordering on 62 I think) had crossed the bar?

No - this is not right. I only said "See you Monday" four f**king days

The worst possible news anyone could get at 06:30 on a Monday morning.
Taken ill over the weekend and into hospital, and died early on Sunday

We're all feeling low and we're all wondering how such a thing could have
possibly happen. It's not fair. It's not right - we were only discussing the
fact that we were BOTH thinking of getting the fu*k out of the job in the
not-too-distant future.

Paul Brown was a good bloke - ex CRS, and I've known him for a lot of years.
I feel for his wife, his son and daughter and every other member of his

Like all of them - everyone at work will remember him as a happy, cheerful
and extremely likeable bloke.

The funeral is on Monday 22nd July. I wish it wasn't happening, but it is, so
we will all be there and we will all think of him and the family and mates
he has left behind.

R.I.P Paul "Buster" Brown.
Time & tide and all that Billy....Lost a brother in law last week suddenly. 58 and died in his sleep. No rhyme or reason. Condolences Billy....
Thankyou all for your posts. Service was mega-attended and donations went to NSPCC in lieu of flowers. We are now a man down and we will miss him - but life thunders on I suppose, and I bet he would not want us to be wearing sack cloth and ashes anyway.

Cheers for the HMS DANAE link mate - showed it to the folks here.

Yours Sincerely,


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