Chris Tear  General Manager UK Sales
Sadly Chris passed away, aged 79, on the evening of 10th August 2019, he had been fighting cancer for some time. My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues. Chris started in Publicity and rose to be GM UK Sales. 

Service details

Chris's service was held on Wednesday 28 August 2019 at St John's in Horrabridge

This was followed by a celebration of Chris's life at the nearby family home

The family kindly extended a warm welcome for friends and colleagues to join them.

Chris Remembered

From Tony Cocklin
Chris was General Manager UK Sales for BCAL from 1971 to 1983. He joined the airline as a publicity / promotions manager, from British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). With BAC, he was closely involved with Caledonianís introduction of the BAC 1-11 500 fleet. His wife, Pat, also worked with BCAL.

From David R Holder:  RIP Chris, sincere condolences to family and friends

From Caron Phillips: RIP Chris, my condolences to his family and friends

From Sally Ann Beischer
Very, very sorry to hear this sad news. I worked for Chris for several years when he was GSM Europe & North Africa in Terrapin 1 at LGW. He was a lovely man and I very much enjoyed working for him. My love to Pat and the rest of the family.

From Richard Heywood
I am shocked and saddened by this news. Chris was my boss at one time and he was great to work with. My sincere condolences to Pat, friends and family. RIP Chris.

From Charles Powell
Very sad news. Chris had been at the heart of BCAL's UK marketing for some many years and had developed excellent relations throughout the UK trade. He will be much missed by his many friends.

From Fee Flee: So very sorry to hear this Fly Free Chris

From Brenda Painter: So saddened by this news. Love and condolences to Pat and girls xx

From Roger Phillips
Very sad to hear this news as Chris was a most likeable man as well as very good at his job. Many happy memories of working in the Terrapins in the early BCAL days. RIP Chris and my condolences to his loved ones

From Lesley Peacock: RIP Chris. Condolences to his friends and family

From Audrey E. Bateman
Shocked and saddened to hear this news. Chris was a great boss and a lovely man. Condolences to Pat and the family

From Rohan Alce:  Such sad news. RIP Chris

From Howard Meredith: Very sad news, Chris was a great boss. RIP Chris.

From Mike Platt: This news has knocked me sideways. I liked and admired him so much. He will be missed.

From Trevor Warburton:  Sad...a good bloke

From Keith Farmer and Vivien Izzard
Very sad news, Chris was not only our boss but a friend and mentor to Keith. Our love and condolences to Pat and family. RIP Chris

From Jeff Youtan
How very sorry I am to learn of Chris's untimely death. Chris was one of the first people I met in the airline when he visited the Seychelles to help me set up BCal's inaugural service in 1972 and has remained a good mate ever since. My deep sympathy to Pat and all his family.  He was a really good bloke and will be much missed!

From Ian Corby:  RIP Chris

From Richard Webster
My condolences to the family. This is very sad news. I did have the pleasure of meeting up with Chris at quite a few functions and our sales conferences. Such a friendly and good humoured person. Will be sadly missed.

From David Cooper: I am very sad to hear of Chris passing. He was always such a happy cheerful colleague & friend. RIP Chris

From Sue Barter
So sorry to hear this. Its not that long ago we saw Chris and Pat. He was a lovely manager, very approachable and always smiling. Condolences to Pat and the family.

From David Williams
So very sorry to see the BCal family has lost another great gentleman He was my boss for a while before I left for the States. My condolences Pat I will always cherish my friendship with you both. Lots of love.

From Simon Rickard: I was very surprised to hear the news about Chris, a great guy. My condolences to Pat and family

From Elizabeth Lockhart-Mure
Shocked and sad to hear this news. Deepest condolences. RIP Chris. I will always remember the good old days when you visited us in Nairobi.

From George Banks
I remember Chris very well, always helpful efficient and smiling as well as pleasant and supportive. I was so shocked to hear of his passing. My condolences to his wife Pat and family

From Peter Black
I was very sad to hear the news about Chris. I will always remember his enthusiasm for life & an infectious laugh. My condolences to Pat & all the family. 

From Jacqueline Dillmann: I am so sorry to hear about Chris, so sad. My sincere condolences to Pat and family. RIP Chris.

From Richard Bristow
I was very sad to hear of Chrisís passing. I worked for him in UK sales for several years, he was a great friend and boss, very professional but approachable at the same time. My sincerest best wishes to Pat and his family.

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Condolences have also been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Tina Harvey, Mike Keely, Liz Rogers, Christine Jegu, Jim Williams, Sandra Currie, Kris Massie, Peter Durran, Riaz Butt, Sally Simmonds, Charles Goodrich, Mike Herndon, Denny Gaskell, Susie Douglas-Smith, Howard Meredith,

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