Len Fiddock, MBE – RIP
It is with great sadness that I have just heard from Len’s wife, Kathryn, that Len passed away on Wednesday, 28th December. Len was 93.
Len was an early employee of ACT, pre-1970, having transferred from conventional shipping operations with Blue Star Line. When ACT(A) left the initial AECS (Australia-Europe Container Service) and started an independent service with ANL in 1972, Len headed the European Trade Commercial Department. I was a lucky employee to work with Len in those years until his retirement in 1985. For his services to shipping, Len was awarded the MBE.
Len had for many years lived in Ilford before moving down to Barham, near Canterbury. Len’s beloved first wife died during his residency there...
Jacque and Bob Cubin
It appears that the jungle drums have missed a beat, sad to report the loss of Keith’s wife Mary who passed away, surrounded by family, on Thursday April 6th.
We send our condolences to Keith and his family.Read More
From Mark Page:
Today at Chepstow, the first race was won by a horse called Resolution Bay (at 100/30), and the third race by a horse called Act Four(at 12/1)!!!
Resolution Bay, this was an OCL ship on which ACT had space sharing and joint ship scheduling arrangements during the 1970a, 1980s, through to 1991.Read More
It is with sadness that we have learned from Ian that his beloved wife Marjorie died peacefully on Sunday, 26th February, with their eldest daughter and Ian beside her. Marjorie had been suffering a long time from Motor Neurone Disease and had been amazingly brave, despite this cruel illness, says Ian.Read More
I have received recent notification from Melanie, the daughter of Geoff Perks, that Geoff died in October last year.
Geoff Perks was the former Secretary of the New Zealand Tonnage Committee (NZTC) and New Zealand Europe Shipping Association (NZESA) and was a respected friend of ACT and the other shipping lines in the Europe/NZ trades. He attended negotiations with the meat, dairy and wool trade representatives over many years during the 1970s and 1980s. Geoff also attended one of our reunions a few years back.
I remember Geoff very well and how helpful he was to me when I was the new Boy attending NZ Conference Accounting meetings etc.
I would guess he may have got as ‘high’ as aged 90...
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.
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...