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Captain Ifor Owen – RIP

It is with deep regret that I must advise the sudden passing of Ifor this afternoon (1st February).  Ifor and Clare recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary and although he had been suffering from a shortness of breath, I did speak with him early this afternoon. I had made arrangements to visit him tomorrow morning so news of his death was a great shock.

He will be greatly missed by us all.

Graham Poynter
Ex Blueport / BSL


Captain I B Owen     –       19 February 1930 – 1 February 2017

It is with great sadness that we learn of Captain Ifor Owen’s death yesterday afternoon at home after a very short illness. Our sincere condolences to Clare his wife of 60 years and their family.
Ifor, a very proud Welshman started his career as a cadet with Lamport & Holt Line back in 19...

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End of UK Dockers Strike – ACT News

When the service kicked off, the UK dockers wouldn’t handle the ships so all containers had to be taken off in Rotterdam and transshipped to the UK.
This edition of ACT News covers the end of the strike and the first call at a UK port after the strike of ACT2.
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Colonel William Bell Slater CBE VRD RMR RIP

colonel-william-bell-slaterThank you to Tony Braithwaite ex of Port Line for this news update.
It is with great regret that I have to inform you that Bill Slater has recently died in a nursing home where he had been for several years. He had been suffering from dementia.
Bill was born in January 1925.  After war service in the Royal Marines he joined Brocklebanks and progressed through the group to become Chairman of the Cargo Shipping & Aviation Division of The Cunard Steam-Ship Company p.l.c. and a Director of Trafalgar House.  This made him the Chairman of Port Line Ltd. and Bill often attended  and proposed the toast of Port Line at Vintage Port reunions. In retirement Bill became the Chairman of the Mersey Docks & Harbour Co from 1991 -2002...
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Yvonne’s Lutley’s Funeral Arrangements

This is a message from Yvonne Lutley’s daughter, Christine, regarding the funeral arrangements for her mother.

Yvonne LutleyYvonne’s funeral has now been arranged to take place on Wednesday 27 July at 10am in St Leonard’s church, New Church Road, Hove, followed by the committal at 11.15am in Hove Cemetery North, Old Shoreham Road, Hove. All are welcome.

For anyone who wishes to join us after the committal we will be hosting a reception at home at 40 Middleton Avenue, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4PJ. If anyone wishes to join us I would be grateful to have a rough idea of numbers for the catering. As some of our mother’s carers may want to visit us during the afternoon when they have gaps in their schedules this reception may be very low-key but continue throughout the afternoon.

For anyone who wishes to se...
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Yvonne Lutley passes away

The following has just been received from Christine Lutley, Yvonne’s daughter.
Unfortunately, I have sad news. Yvonne passed away last night in her sleep, which is what we would have hoped for. She is at peace now.
Neither Yvonne nor her children wanted her to end her days in hospital, so I am pleased and comforted that we we able to fulfill her wishes. The placement of her bed allowed her to look out onto the garden she had created.
Funeral arrangements will follow when known.
* Most of you know that Yvonne was Roy Davis’ personal secretary for many years at ACT(A). Her passing is just four months after Roy’s.
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Brian Coldwell Passes Away

Brian Coldwell died in Adelaide last month. Brian was aged 82, and was ACTA’s South Australian Marketing Manager for many years. A popular member of the ACTA Family, he played Australian Rules Football for Port Adelaide in the 1960s where his height was put to good use!

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Frank Assenza Passes Away

Frank Assenza died last week, aged 82. A bit of a shock to everybody as he regularly attended the annual ACTA Reunion in Sydney, and was in his usual good form at our last Reunion in November. Frank joined ACTA in January 1968 as a System Analyst. In 1970 he became Manager, Systems & Data Processing Division, and in 1978 Manager, Group Management Services.

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John Notman Passes Away


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Former Containerbases’ colleague, Robert Ingram, visited John Sheldrake 8th June

I visited John Sheldrake yesterday at St. Paul’s Hospital, Spital Rd., Maldon, Essex. CM9 6LF. He is in a ward which specialises in rehabilitation after strokes.
He seemed to be in reasonable form and we had about 45 minutes conversation. He has no difficulty talking and has no face or arm paralysis. He does have difficulty walking and has to use a walking frame to shuffle around.
He said that there are noticeable “holes” in his memory but at least he knows there are “holes.” We happily discussed old times at Containerbases and his previous work in Port Line. he particularly asked to be remembered to you both.
John’s family are visiting him reasonably frequently but the hospital is about 50 minutes from his home.
How long he will stay in hospital is currently unknown but I am sure that...
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Yvonne Lutley’s health

My mother is expected home this afternoon, but I am sorry to say that she does have cancer. The doctor does not recommend any form of anti-cancer treatment other than palliative care, as anything else would be too invasive. We don\’t know how long she will be here with us.

She is not in any pain at the moment but it could become more painful as time goes on. Sometimes she says she does have pain but doesn’t know where it is in her body.

Would you mind sending me your phone number. Thanks.

Also if you wouldn’t mind telling anyone you know from ACT I would be grateful. I am happy for you to give them one of my email addresses ( – this one is good as it is on my smartphone so I can reply wherever I am.

As you can imagine, Jeremy, Howard, Andrew, Avril and I are devastated...

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