Ken Avis

We are sad to announce the passing of Ken Avis, who passed over the bar early on Monday 8 February 2021 following a long illness.

Ken joined the Falmouth Lifeboat crew in 1990 and was quickly known by the crew as “Ken the Teapot” following his donation of a brand-new teapot for the stations Arun Class Lifeboat Elizabeth Ann.

He was described by many as a diamond geezer who was a proud cockney with a mechanical flare who could turn his hand to anything and spent a lot of time helping support the mechanics in looking after the lifeboat.

Ken took part in many shouts on the all-weather Lifeboat during the 1990’s before retiring from the lifeboat in 2000, he then took on the role of launcher of the Inshore Lifeboat turning out day or night, in any weather eventually hanging up his boots a few years ago.

He will be sorely missed by his wife Marie, son Philip and daughter Amanda, their family and friends, along with all of us on at the Falmouth Lifeboat Station.

Chris Price, Chairman, Falmouth Lifeboat Management Group and former crew member, paid the following tribute to Ken:

‘When Ken joined the crew as a reserve on the offshore lifeboat it didn’t take long before we all knew he was going to be one of the most reliable and dependable lifeboat man on the crew. A safe pair of hands on deck, if there was a problem with the boats machinery Ken was the man to turn to! He was versatile, strong, safe, a perfect lifeboat man.

When it was time for Ken to retire from the active crew he became the Inshore Lifeboat winchman, he turned out day or night, great sense of humour, very popular with crew, the Lifeboat Inspectors and all the top brass at the RNLI HQ in Poole.

Ken was very proud of his children Philip and Amanda and quite rightly so. He is going to be missed by his darling wife Marie, and all at Falmouth, and the wider RNLI community, very very much.’

Ken – Fair Winds and Following Seas.


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