John Collins : Ships Papers / Crew Rostering
Sadly we have heard that John passed away on 23rd January 2021. Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues at this time. John started his career with BUA in Ships Papers around 1964 and transferred to Crew Rostering circa 1969 and working on 1-11 Pilot Rostering for many years. He remained in the same job which he thoroughly enjoyed through the merger and on in to BCal's tenure.

He was very well liked and respected by Crew Members and fellow Workers alike. He did a spell in the Middle East working on The Hajj rostering Flight Crews to convey Pilgrims to Mecca. Just before the Takeover by BA he took early retirement and worked for GB Airways for a number of years until he retired for the second and last time recalls David Heal.

Service details

John's service was held in Sussex on the 16th February 2021

Covid restrictions applied sadly ie masks / social distancing / limit on numbers attending etc

Family flowers only please, any donations in John's memory to The Alzheimer's Society

John's family have asked me to pass on their thanks for all the kind messages left below for John, thank you.
John Remembered

From David Heal
Dear John, we were close friends at work and at play too. Will miss you, but will cherish the Memories. RIP John

From Dennis Skinner
I worked alongside John for a short time in crew rostering for BCal he was great fun to work with. Condolences to family and friends.

From Sally Simmonds: Very sorry to hear.

From Jim Will: Sad News, RIP John.

From Ian Corby
I'm really sorry to hear about John! Always cheerful and helpful when there were rostering issues. RIP John. Condolences to John's family!

From Ray Bridgman
RIP, John. He was a Ship's Papers 'Number 1' (i.e. Assistant Supervisor) when I joined BUA in 1968. He was an absolute gentleman and so helpful to me as I settled in.

From Roger Warren: RIP John.

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

From Don Eckford
Sad news, always helpful and cheerful, used to join us at the Ship Inn in Cuckfield for social eveningís back in the good old days.

From John McGurk: Sad news.

From John Simpson
So sorry to hear of John's final departure.  I enjoyed working alongside John for a number of years whilst in Crewing, he became my assistant when he arrived. I have many happy memories during this time as we were not only work colleagues but firm friends out of the office. A true Gent and a thoroughly nice chap. RIP my friend, my condolences to his family.

From Karen McManus: Sincere condolences, R.I.P. John

From Neville Coleman
John was a lovely guy and always worked as an assistant with Fred Stone when I joined BUA Ships Papers in May 1968 and very low key and knowledgeable and so approachable.

From Loz Allan
I will always remember Johnís easy going and cheerful approach. He was justifiably well thought of as a person and in his work. RIP John and many condolences to family and close friends. We all have fond memories of John.

From Alan Killick
I always enjoyed working with John, in Crewing. After John finished with BA he came and joined me at GB Airways where he continued with Pilots Rostering and Training Planning. RIP John my friend.

From Mike Thrower
So sorry to hear about John..... a really lovely guy who always greeted you with a smile and nothing was too much trouble.....sad loss ..RIP John

From Jim Wilson: My sincere condolences, RIP John.

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

Condolences have also been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Tina Harvey, Pat Cresswell, Riaz Butt, Lindsay Smith, Susie Douglas-Smith, Liz Rogers, Kris Massie, Peter Durran, Julie Nuttall, Jenny Thomas, Brian Wassell, Nick Ridley, Alan Reeves, Dave Surry, Dudley Rice, Jennifer Grail, Stella Bassett, Roger Brown, Dave Phillips, Ray Tingley, Phil Benson,

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