Service commemorates Newhaven Lifeboat volunteer Gavin Butcher

Photo by Barry Johnson
Photo by Barry Johnson

A special ashes service was held for Newhaven Lifeboat crew member Gavin Butcher who died peacefully on Monday February 25 after battling cancer for ten months.

It was held yesterday (Sunday April 7) just off Seaford Beach aboard Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ whilst being flanked by Eastbourne and Brighton Lifeboats and a fly past by Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 104.

Photo by Viv Blakey

Photo by Viv Blakey

Gav was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2012 while he was still serving on the Newhaven crew.

Gav’s wife, Lucy said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Newhaven crew and the RNLI HQ who have both been amazing at this most difficult time.

“Gav would have loved the moving ceremony today with Eastbourne and Brighton lifeboats plus the Coastguard helicopter.”

Gavin joined the crew in 2006 and was appointed as assistant mechanic in 2008.

He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 in recognition of his service.

A spokesperson for Newhaven Lifeboat said Gav would be greatly missed by all that knew him, especially his friends at Newhaven Lifeboat Station.

Coxswain Paul Legendre said: “It was such an honour to arrange today in the memory of Gavin.

“We would like to thank our friends from the Eastbourne and Brighton RNLI Crews, Newhaven & Birling Gap Coastguard teams and the Coastguard rescue helicopter for making it such a special day.”