Tributes to lifelong Porthcawl RNLI volunteer
All volunteers at Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat station were saddened to hear that John Williams MBE had sadly died earlier this week
John was an original crew member when the RNLI re-established a lifeboat at Porthcawl in 1965. He went on to serve the station as Honorary Secretary, now known as Lifeboat Operations Manager, from 1986 until 1998. Following his retirement from that role he continued volunteering at the station for many years in various capacities one of which was a representative on the station committee.
John was married to Irene and as a couple they both supported the RNLI charity for many years. Irene was awarded the RNLI Gold Badge for her dedicated service in 2015. John was awarded a MBE for his service to the RNLI in 1997. One of his major achievements came to fruition in 1996 when a new lifeboat station was built to house a new and larger lifeboat at Porthcawl
Philip Missen MBE, Porthcawl Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘Our thoughts today go out to Irene and the family. John certainly was a RNLI stalwart and would still attend the lifeboat station most Sunday mornings up until just a couple of years ago when illness prevented his visits. Well into his late seventies John would cycle down from Nottage regularly and when that got a bit tough he bought a battery powered bicycle. There are not many people who have served their community for so many years'.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
Learn more about the RNLI
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland