Shipmate Chris Thomas

It is with great sadness that the Huntingdon and District branch of the RNA announce that Shipmate AJ (Chris) Thomas ‘Crossed the bar’ on 6th March 2012.

Chris opens a bottle of Pusser's Rum for a toast to all our shipmates
Shipmate Chris Thomas hosts the annual 'branch BBQ'. September 2011

Chris was our President and had been a long-standing, and very supportive member, of the Branch for many years. Aged 80, he never lost his happy memories of his time as a National Serviceman in the Royal Navy. As a Lieutenant, he was the Navigating Officer of HMS Magpie where he was fortunate enough to be on a ‘flag showing’ Commission throughout the world.

An all-round sportsman he played Rugby for the Royal Navy and the Barbarians, was a member of the MCC, and was also an avid yachtsman.

Shipmate Chris Thomas is pictured at the annual ‘branch BBQ’ in September 2011. Although in poor health, Chris was determined to entertain our branch members. Not only did Chris and his wife, Elspeth, host the afternoon’s entertainment (which included the ‘spinning of many dits’), but he also supplied the Pusser’s rum – such was the generosity of our President.

A truly worthwhile Shipmate who will be sorely missed.