Martin Harewood - Sales & Marketing / Airline executive
Service details

Martin's service was held on Friday 9th March 2018 at Worth Abbey, Paddockhurst Rd, Crawley RH10 4SB   Map Here

Following the service there were drinks and refreshments at the Abbey for all attendees.

If anyone would like to make a charitable donation in memory of Martin, the chosen charity is CAFOD - the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. An international development charity and official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales which supports people living in poverty, whatever their religion or culture.

The donations will be administered by the funeral directors Ballard & Shortall who can be contacted as below : Telephone : 01293 520011 or email :    When contacting Ballard & Shortall please say your donation is in memory of Martin Harewood, thank you.
Sadly we learn that Martin passed away in the early hours of 15th February, whilst under treatment in Guys Hospital. His wife Kirsti and his two sons Nick and Daniel were with him. 

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

Martin started his airline career with BUA back in 1966. He worked in many different areas for BCAL both at home and overseas and achieved so much in his career which took him to both Air Seychelles and Air Mauritius during the 80's and 90's.
Martin Remembered

From Chris Gilbert
Martin was a truly one-off individual who was liked and respected by everybody who knew him. A true professional who started his airline career with BUA back in 1966. He worked in so many different areas for BCAL both at home and overseas and achieved so much in his career. He will be sadly missed by all. Our thoughts right now are with his wife Kirsti and his sons Nick and Daniel.

From Trevor Warburton : That is so sad to hear. A lovely bloke. A very ‘Fine Airman ‘ indeed.

From Chris Tear 
One of the dearest and nicest men that any of us has ever, or will ever, meet. Our sympathies must be with Kirsti, Nick and Daniel. I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Martin for several years, and he was all one could ask as a colleague and friend - thoughtful, reliable, humorous, professional, hard-working - and with a huge generosity of spirit. He will be sadly missed by all. Martin, Rest in Peace

From David Cooper : Very sorry to hear of the passing of Martin who I have known since our days with BUA

From David Holder : RIP Martin, a true gentleman who I was privileged to know and work with in the Worlds greatest Airline.

From Neil Morgan
I am shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of our very good friend Martin. It seems just a few weeks ago that we were having lunch together and were due to meet again soon. Martin was always great company and I will miss him greatly. My thoughts go out to Kirsty and their boys Nick and Daniel, who he spoke so lovingly about. A tragic loss. Martin, my old mate, rest in peace.

From Phil Bowell
All losses are sad for many reasons but Martin was a true “one off”. He really will be sadly missed by so many of our “Great Clan”.

From David Williams
Martin was one of BCAL's finest gentleman It was my pleasure to have work with him . Another sad loss. RIP and condolences to his family.

From Mike Platt :
So sorry to hear. A great friend and kind man from BCAL days. Out of all the people in BCAL that I worked with he was probably the kindest, nicest most genuine person I knew. We worked together, travelled together and laughed together. I only saw him get mad once…and that was at himself for forgetting something trivial to me but, like all things, important to him. One of the truly good guys and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family.

From Vivien Izzard
Very sad day to hear about Martin, such a lovely man who I had the pleasure in working with in the Far East Dept and Golden Lion Travel days at B.Cal Gatwick. A very kind person.  Will be sadly missed by all who knew him. RIP Martin. Thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

From Keith Farmer
Farewell Mr BCal, colleague and a friend. Well respected and admired by all who knew him, loved by all. RIP Martin.

From Bryan Reburn : Very sad news. He was a good friend. RIP Martin

From Elizabeth English
So sorry to hear the news about Martin. He was a kind man and a true gentleman. Rest In Peace, Martin. Our thoughts are with his family.  Liz and Trevor English

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

From George Banks
Martin was a kind and thoughtful gentlemen. I knew him with BCAL but best when he was VP Air Seychelles and I was responsible for the catering on the Mahe/FRA/LGW Service Operated by BCAL for Air Seychelles. He wrote a very nice letter to Charles Powell praising my work and negotiating skills with the caterers. My condolences to the family.

From Rohan Alce
Such sad sad news. Others have already spoken eloquently about Martin's many qualities. The world would be a much better place with more people like him. Always such good company and a real pleasure and honour to have known him as a friend. My thoughts are with Kirsti and his sons at this very sad time. RIP Martin.

From Trevor Boud
What absolutely unbelievable and dreadful news. Such a splendid guy, good friend and colleague, who was loved by many. Our thoughts are very much with Kirsti and the boys.

From Bob Millichap
How so dreadfully sad to hear of Martin's passing. I can't recall ever seeing him without a broad smile and twinkle in his eye but yet underneath that warm persona was a truly consummate professional who was held in the highest regard right across the travel industry worldwide. He will be very sorely missed indeed and my deepest sympathies go out to Kirsti and his family. Rest easy Martin.

From Lyn Buttifant / Stephen Vella : Absolutely devastated.  A real gentleman who will be very much missed

From David Hicks : Very sad news. RIP Martin. My condolences to his family and friends.

From Richard Heywood :  Dreadful news. A really nice boss to me for a while and a kinder man you would not meet. RIP.

From David Richardson
Martin welcomed me to BCal in 1977 and showed me the ropes. You couldn't find a finer man anywhere. Sincere condolences to Martin's family.

From Charles Powell
Martin seemed to be at the very centre of BCAL and BUA before that. He was well known to many and respected by all with whom he had dealings both inside and outside the company. I remember him for many things but especially that I did my first overseas trip for the company with him, that was to Nairobi and Arusha back in 1970 and for his fine tribute to Alan Painter at Alan's funeral. Martin was a great friend to so many and he leaves great memories.

From Derek Russell
I am so sorry to hear that Martin has passed away. He was a lovely man and it seems a part of BCAL has been lost. Martin has a brilliant laugh!

From Howard Meredith
Such sad news. Martin was a one off perfect gentleman and great fun to work with. Condolences to Kirstie and sons. RIP Martin.

From Alastair Pugh
It is heartening to see so many tributes to Martin Harewood borne out of respect for a person of stature. I endorse all the tributes and send condolences to the family, colleagues and Martin's many friends.

From Glyn Genin
This is truly sad news. It was always a pleasure to be in Martin's company. He was, quite simply, a good bloke; little more needs to be said. I'm sure his many friends and colleagues will have fond memories of him. Memories that will raise a smile.

From Vic Sheppard
I am shocked and saddened by this unexpected news, it was just a few weeks ago Martin was enjoying lunch with a group of BCAL colleagues and adding heartily to the typical airline banter. This is how Martin will be remembered with that wonderful humour and twinkle in his eyes. Martin like many of us, was fortunate to enjoy the airline cut and thrust which reflected in his outstanding career and achievements. A truly respected airline professional who will be sorely missed by his colleagues. Our thoughts and condolence must now be with Kirsti and their two sons. Martin will not be forgotten.

From Alan Reeves : Really sorry to hear of Martin's passing, lovely guy

From Harvin Kaumaya
I was very saddened to read of the demise of our great friend Martin! As a young 23 year old Mauritian student in the UK I first met Martin early 1968 at his BCAL offices at Terrapin 3, Gatwick to sign a series of charter contracts to Mauritius. Much later we met again along with Kirsti at Air Seychelles and again at Air Mauritius. These meetings were meant for me to enjoy a close relationship with this wonderful person both on a professional and social basis. The loss of a person as wonderful as Martin isn't going to be easy but I would add these words, “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken”. My sincere condolences to Kirsti and the family.

From Jean Carlyle-Lyon : My condolences to Kirstie and sons. RIP Martin.

From Coreen Wilcox : So sorry. I remember Martin's face so well. Condolences to his wife and family. RIP Martin

From Bob Coleman
Such sad news. As others have paid testament to, Martin was the complete professional, but my everlasting memory of him will be rather like that of Glyn who described Martin 'quite simply a good bloke' and refers to memories 'that will raise a smile'. I am sure that he will be remembered for that wonderful human quality as long as BCAL is remembered. Our thoughts are now with Kirsty and his two boys. Bob and Marian

From John Bailey : Very sad news. Martin was a lovely person and it was a privilege to have known and worked with him.

From Frank Skilbeck : Such a sad loss. Condolences to Kirsti, Nick and Daniel. RIP my friend.

From Roger Phillips
Very sad news - Martin was a lovely guy, both amusing, smart and very competent. When I was a junior manager in Interline in sales and marketing he was always helpful to me and was always approachable

From Brenda Painter : Huge loss of a lovely friend.

From Sue Barter
Lovely man. Always polite. Treated all staff equally. Entertained my husband and I when he was based in Singapore during Golden Lion Travel days.

From Dolorsmaria Vila-mills : Sad news, my condolences to his family...R.I.P Martin.

From Jeff Youtan
So sorry to learn of the sad news. We shared many good times and Martin will be sorely missed by so many. A really good guy!

From Angela Williams (Keiley)
Such very sad news, and I echo other’s comments about Martin being a true gentleman.  He looked after me in Singapore when I was a young and innocent 22 year old, having been told by Ian Ritchie to “go home and pack a bag lassie, we’re off to Singapore tonight for meetings”!  At that point in my life, I had never been further than Malta. Such a lovely man.

From Simon Rickard : Very sorry to hear about Martin. Worked with Martin on many projects, a great guy.

From Geoff Lord
Sad news. I worked with Martin in SIN - a good man, very dapper! Reckon he had the best office on the network, a converted bedroom in the Hyatt Hotel opening onto the pool!

From Richard Bristow
I was deeply saddened to hear of Martin’s passing. Like so many of my colleagues from B.Cal sales division (and beyond) I only have happy memories of Martin. He was indeed a great friend, work mate and all round good guy. My sincere condolences to his family.

From Kim Kwong
Thinking of Mr Martin Harewood at this sad time. A privilege to be Mr Harewood's secretary in Singapore. Someone so special to me will not be forgotten. Thank you Geoff for bringing back the wonderful memories of a converted bedroom in the Hyatt Hotel opening to the pool. Best office enjoyed by Mr Harewood, overseas and local BCAL staff. My thoughts and prayers with the family.

From Richard Webster
My condolences to Martin's wife and family on hearing the sad news of Martin passing away. I had the honour of meeting up with Martin at quite a few functions and conferences. I always found Martin a friendly and kind person. He will be missed by many colleagues and friends.

From Peter Foster
So very sorry to hear this very sad news. Martin was a true gentleman and friend with a wonderful sense of humour and it was a privilege to work with and learn from him on the Far East desk at Sussex House. I send my sincere condolences to his family.

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Condolences were also extended by:
Jim Williams, Graham Waters, Valerie Edwards, Kristien Mostert-Massie, Nick Washington-Jones, Douglas Holland, Brian Aitchison, Fran Cox, David Hicks, Simon Huisman, Graham Lambert, Audrey Bateman, Karen McManus, Marjory Rose Jacobson, Penelope Hilton and Pat Cresswell

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