Eric Saunders - Captain
Service details

Eric's service was held on Tuesday 13th March 2018 at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Rd, Crawley, RH10 3NQ  Map Here

Following the service a celebration of Eric's life was held at the Holiday Inn London Gatwick Worth, near Crawley

Sadly I have learnt that Captain Eric Saunders has passed away.  He collapsed and was taken to St Georges in Tooting but did not recover.

My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues at this difficult time. 

Eric was a very popular Captain and well liked commander. He was very active and was at the Flight Deck Reunion in Sept 2017, where the photo to the left was taken. Eric with Gloria Martin.

Eric Remembered

From Frank Skilbeck : Sad news indeed, condolences to Eric's family. RIP

From Anthony Cutting
Sad news another great aviator and fine man flown to his final destination, he will be remembered with affection by all who knew him.

From Chris Yardley : RIP Eric

From David Monty Phythian : RIP Eric and my condolences.

From Jim Williams : Truly a sad day

From Caron Phillips : RIP Captain and my condolences to his family

From Joanna Dyckes : RIP condolences to the family

From Tricia Riley : How sad. Saw him at the last reunion. My Condolences

From Ray Astridge : One of the best. RIP Eric.

From Richard Friend : Very sad news. RIP Capt. Sincere condolences to the family and friends.

From Beverely Billington : Very sad news I remember him and Gloria with great affection.

From Jan Brincat : It was good to see him at the reunion in Sept. Condolences to Gloria & family.

From Jack Shirvell
RIP Eric. Over sixty years we had some good times together especially "singing in the rain" in Kowloon after leaving Ned Kellys.

From Jill Ayre : Sad news condolences to all the family

From Richard Gibbons : RIP Captain. Very sad news.

From Caroline Watt.
Very sad news for our BCal family. Eric was great fun to fly with. glad I had the chance to speak to him at The Reunion in 2017. Sincere condolences to Gloria and the family x

From Valerie Armstrong : So sorry to hear this sad news, condolences to Gloria and family , Eric was a great character, RIP

From Bill Newman
Fond memories of flying with Eric in the early 70's. One of the funniest days was spent with Eric on Weirwood Reservoir where he devoted the day to teaching me to master dinghy sailing.......somewhat unsuccessfully I might add! Good man who will be missed. RIP Eric.

From Avril Milne : So sorry to hear about Eric...he was an important member of our BCAL family. Sincere condolences to Gloria.

From Loz Allan
Many fond memories of Eric. I admired your professionalism and sense of fun. RIP Eric it was a privilege to know you.

From Hugh Cowan : Sorry to hear about Eric. I knew him quite well in my various roles. Always a gentleman

From David Heal
Eric and I used to play Trains with a Doctor who used to be in charge of an Asylum. With live steam in the Garden Eric could be relied upon to let the fire go out on the Locomotive. He was a wonderful Companion and a loyal Friend who will be sadly missed.

From Roy Shaw : How deepest condolences to his family and to Gloria. I last saw him at last year's 2017 reunion

From Jim & Joan Stott : Very sad news. Our condolences to Gloria and family.

From Tony Dufour
RIP Eric, I remember standing with him on the small terminal area at Rotterdam during the winter of 68/69 we had just got instructions for operations 1-11 T/O on snow, this involved working out the density of the snow by making snow balls!! We both wandered  around engaged in this scientific task with the passengers looking on through the windows.

From Patricia Nightingale
Sad to hear that Eric has passed away I do remember many trips with him. Thinking of you Gloria at this sad time

From Bernice Priestnall
My sincere condolences to all of Eric's loved ones. He was an absolute gentleman and always looked after us girls. Love to you Gloria.

From Sarah Newton : Such sad news, a lovely man. Love and best wishes to Gloria

From Christine Jegu : Oh no how sad!!! he was part of my ' upbringing' in BCal along with Gloria! great memories.

From Barry Lloyd
Really sorry to hear of Ericís passing last week, he was a great skipper to fly with and was in fact the first BCAL Captain I ever did a trip with [to LAX], as a nervous passenger [then] he had me up on the flight deck for about 4 hours prior to landing and after that I never looked back.  Funnily enough in later years Eric became a family friend through my wife Cathy, as she had grown up knowing Eric as a child, and will remember his humour and welcoming nature even managed to go sailing with him on the yacht he shared with Cathyís dad. RIP Eric, sadly for me, and I am sure those of you that knew Eric and Barbara, the BCAL family has lost two wonderful characters of that unforgettable period

From Tracey Washington-Jones
My dad, Jimmy Greengrass, was very fond of Eric. Please accept our family condolences and thoughts at this difficult time

From Tricia Meadows : Lovely Captain - condolences to the family.

From Fiona Cameron : So sorry to hear this news. They were so great together. Condolences to Gloria and the family

From Mark Cobley : Great to fly with, condolences to Gloria, family & friends, R.I.P

From Trevor Warburton : Lovely bloke

From Chris Williams : I worked with Eric when he was TriStar Manager at Caledonian  Airways & I was the Senior Training Captain (BA) on that Fleet. We flew John Major to see Trudeau & Bush Seniors in the Ď90ís. I eventually took over from Eric when he finally retired. I learned subsequently that he had recommended me.  He was very committed to all the crews & making things run as smoothly as possible in the mayhem that often broke out around us. I had a great deal of respect for him, and he was a good bloke as well!

From Angela Fordham : RIP Eric x

If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime at

Condolences were also extended by:
Dave Surry, Caron Phillips, Douglas Holland, Jack Williams, Ian Jones, Brian Aitchison, Fran Cox, Valerie Edwards, Pat Cresswell, Mike Jeffs, Bob Ash, David Mercer, Don Eckford, Jim Monaghan, Lynda Boyle, Marjory Rose Jacobson and Mandy Lenanton

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