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Chief Officer(E) William (Willie) Plastow Crossed the Bar, Sitrep2

Published on Saturday, 09 September 2017 17:07 Hits: 213

Category: Crossed the Bar


Sitrep 1, Remembrances

Sitrep 2. Change of Date for the Funeral

It is with so much sadness that I report that Chief Officer(E) William (Willie) Plastow crossed the bar aged 90. I have no more information at the moment but I am on the case. Willie lived in Edinburgh until March when he moved to London to live with his son and daughter in law.

I have had an e-mail from Willie's son David today (19 Sept 2017) and have been informed that funeral arrangements are now finalised. The funeral will take place at 11:00 on TUESDAY 26th September 2017 at Warriston Crematorium Edinburgh (HERE for their website and HERE for a map).

Old colleagues and shipmates will be welcomed at the funeral and to join his family for refreshements afterwards.

Family flowers only by request and the family is considering donations in lieu.

Willie's beloved wife of 64 years, Betty, predeceased him in October last year,

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to his son David and all his family.

If you have any remembrances of Willie please email it to me at captain.pat@rfa-association.org.uk and I will post them on this page. I am also looking for photographs of Willie for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, If you have one please email it to me.


Chief Officer(E) Willie Plastow

1927 - 2017

Photo taken at his 60th Wedding Anniversary


Alex Blackwood writes:- So truly sorry to hear of Willies passing. I had the pleasure and privilege of sailing with Willie in Regent in the early seventies. I think it was in Mayport in 71 that we crept into Willies cabin and put a stuffed alligator in his bath. He was most taken aback at about 03:00 !

RIP Willie. One of life's true Gentlemen. 
Alex Blackwood.
Pat Thompson writes:- I sailed with Willie a couple of times over the years, he was a true gentleman and a pleasure, from a Deck Officer's point of view, to do business with. He was also one of the Founder Members of the RFA Association, membership number 7, one of the original "Geordie Mafia".