Captain Roy Tappenden
Service details

Roy's Thanksgiving service was held on:-   Monday 29th January 2018

at St Philip's Church, Ticehurst Road, Burwash Weald, TN19 7NA    Map Here

The family kindly extended an invitation to friends and colleagues to join them

(Photo left of Roy's Late wife, Helen, Roy and Angelica Malins - sent in by Angelica)
Sadly we learn that Roy passed away suddenly on the 24th December 2017. My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues at this difficult time.

Roy was formerly based at Southend and is remembered as one of the flight crew there in the mid-1950s / 60s. Before this he flew with the RAF, and their display team at the time. Latterly he enjoyed bell ringing at his local church

Roy Remembered

From Anthony Cutting
Great pilot great man RIP Roy. Roy had a wonderful dry sense of humour a joy to enjoy a pint with many happy memories

From Norman Evans
Not only a great airline captain, but a display pilot for the Black Arrows. Remember them, the black hawker hunters in the days before the Red Arrows

From Tehseen Haque  : He was such a nice person. RIP

From Rita Quinn Crofton : R.I.P. Roy.

From Mike Jeffs : RIP Roy a great man to be with.

Any donations in memory of Roy please send to either the RAF Benevolent Fund or the Kent Air Ambulance
From Barrie Rawlins : Roy was a great commander and a very kind, modest man, I always looked forward to flying with him.

From Ricky Cuss : Lovely man... a sad loss

From Angelica Malins : RIP Roy - you were a true gentleman. Loved being part of your crew

From Richard Fisher
Roy was in the Black Arrows that those of my own generation watched at Farnborough in the 1950s. He would have been 88 in April next

From Joanna Dyckes
I know the name, he flew with my Dad; Eddie Pratt at one time. RIP another wonderful pilot joining the party wherever we go x

From Coreen Wilcox
How very sad. I must have flown with Capt Roy many times, such a nice man. Amazing that he flew with the Black Arrows too. My condolences to his family and friends x

From Nina Moores  : So sorry. Roy was such a nice man with a lovely sense of humour.

From Lesley Peacock
What very sad news of such a gentleman. Always a pleasure to be part of his crew. He was at the reunion 2016 and Im so glad I spoke with him and his son.  Condolences to all his family. RIP Roy. xx

From Susie Douglas-Smith : My condolences to the family a friend during these very sad times

From Dee Richards : What a lovely man....And a great captain....RIP

From Caron Phillips : RIP my condolences to Roys family

From Claire & Ivan Vickers : We are both very sad to hear this a true gent

From Frances Firmin
What a lovely man Roy was, I recall him as one of the senior pilots way back when (70 - 84)! Rest in peace Roy and fly with the angels.

From Graham Crewe
How very sad. Too many stories and so much respect. If he wasn't the best in every respect then who was? RIP you wonderful man, Captain and human being.

From Lorna Henry : A great captain. Lovely gentle fellow, with a wonderful sense of humour.  Condolences to his family.

From Philip Hunkin
I am saddened to learn of Roy's death such a nice man and a great pilot. Those fantastic trips around Africa on the 707 oh what fun we had, it was like we would all live forever. So sad. RIP Roy.

From Anne Marie Dunn : RIP Roy. Condolences to his family xx

From David R Holder : RIP Roy, Condolences to his family

From Richard Friend : Very sad. Much respect. RIP Captain.

From Ann Roberts : Such sad news RIP Roy! X

From Jeanette Clark : RIP Roy x

From Chris Yardley : RIP Roy, it was a privilege to have flown with you, and to have been trained by you

From Carole Harris : RIP Roy x

From David Heal : I rostered Roy's Flights for many years and always found him a wonderful Man.

From Lesley-Ann Hutchinson : Sad news...??....RIP Captain, and sincere condolences to all of your family and friends x

From Susan Sawtell : A true gent, God bless.

From Bill Newman
As with many of Roy's friends and colleagues I am truly saddened to hear this news. I first flew with Roy in the early 70's and have always remembered with affection his warmth and kindness. A great man to be with. So pleased that I shared time with Roy last year. My condolences to his family, RIP Roy.

From Tony Dufour
So sorry to read this news. A kind and humorous man, great to fly and have a beer with, I first met him at Southend where he observed me bouncing a B170 at various airfields either side of the channel. RIP ROY.

From Marguerite Hatcher
I so remember Roy, a wonderful Pilot and crew member, a perfect Captain with so many historic flying skills - a pleasure to have flown with him!  My most sincerest of condolences to his family- a great loss to this world X

From Phil Benson
It was always a pleasure flying with Roy. I was his co-pilot on many DC10 trips in the 80's. He had loads of good stories and was a thoroughly nice gentleman. We always had a laugh too. One story he didn't tell me about was that he was in the Black Arrows RAF display team in the late 1950's. There is a joke amongst pilots which goes: How do you know if a pilot is or was in the Red Arrows?  The answer is -  He tells you!

In Roy's case he was so modest that he never mentioned that he was in the Black Arrows, not to me anyway. And I never heard it from anyone else, until I read it from the comments of other pilots posted since he died. Their formation flying with 22 Hunters must have been much, much more difficult than the Red Arrows these days with their 9 Hawks. Roy must have been a very skilful pilot to be in that team. I wish I'd known about that when I used to fly with him. RIP Roy.

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