Pat Ruffles : Engineer
Sadly we learn that Pat, an Engineer, passed away on 4th May 2021 at East Surrey Hospital

My sincere condolences to his wife Gwen, daughter Mandy, family, friends and former colleagues.

Service details

Pat's service was held on 1st June 2021 in St Richards Chapel at the Surrey & Sussex Crematorium.  Map

Due to Covid there were restructions on numbers attending

Family flowers only please

From Mandy, Pat's daughter
Thank you all for your really lovely comments below. My dad was my best friend and a joker to the end. He has left a massive hole in our lives. Thank you again, Mandy

Pat Remembered

From Jim Williams
: So sad, I have lost a good friend, RIP Pat.

From Roger Warren: RIP Pat

From John Layton
Sad to hear of Pats passing. I worked with him for quite a few years, he had a great sense of humour especially with the price he used to try to get for his o/hauled bike business! RIP Pat .

From Geoffrey Lewis: Sad to hear the news of Pat,  many happy memories of him at work and at the R.S.A. Fly high and R.I.P

From Ian Plumridge
Very sad to hear, always interesting to chat too. A real aircraft man. We also had a shared interest in motorcycles. RIP Pat.

From Tony Rider
Sad to hear of Pats passing, I was on Line 4 with Pat, so many laughs & enjoyable times, Pat was a really skilled Engineer, RIP Pat, Fly High

From Fee Flee: So very sorry. Fly Free Pat

From Liz Rogers: RIP Pat

From Sally Simmonds: Very sorry to hear. RIP Pat.

From Bob Cooper
Pat had a great sense of humour and was a well respected Engineer with BCAL and later BA. I first met him at Air Couriers in 1963 and again later of course at BCAL

From Riaz Butt
Very sorry to hear about Pat. He had a great sense of humour, always had a smile when you met him. Will be missed. Rest in Peace Patrick. My thoughts with Gwen, 64 years married, and the rest of family.

From Mick Brooker: That's sad news. Pat was a lovely guy . I first worked with him in the early Caledonian Airways days. RIP mate.

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

From Bob Fromant: RIP Pat a colleague from Line 4, and great for a chat at car boot sales. My condolences to the family.

From Brian Parker
So sad to hear Pat as passed away. I worked with him at Air Couriers 1963, then BCal, BA. Great memories. RIP Pat.

From Mel Sanders
Worked with Pat from the old Caledonian days through to BA, who could forget the film set latex mask he wore frightening so many staff members a great sense of humour, avid collector of almost anything. You will be missed. RIP Pat.

From Philip Meech
Sad news to hear of Pat's passing, I worked with Pat in the BCAL days on Line 4, fond memories of the antics he used to get up to especially one nightshift with a can of"Ardrox". RIP Pat

From Phil Laycock: Saddened to hear this.......Pat had a great number of interesting stories......always willing to chat.

From Ray Astridge: Sad news. RIP Pat.

From Geoffrey Lewis: R.I.P. Pat. Always a smile, always a joke, just an all-round good guy. Fly High

From Grahame Williamson:
Whilst not on Line 4 I often did overtime on L4 lots of banter and laughs with Pat in the centre of it all. Great memories and great people. Condolences to the family. RIP Pat, fly hi buddy

From Robert Hounslow: A sad loss. I knew him well. Many years ago.

From Belinda Burton
My sincere condolences to the family. I also remember Pat well as my dad was also on Line4 and I'd heard many great stories about his pranks! He was indeed a character. Great times and many laughs and no doubt he'll pick up where he left off up there. Bless you

From Alan Medhurst
Got home to read the sad news about Pat. I was on the same shift. He was very close with Alan Jennings and I seem to recollect that Tony Ryder coined the phrase and referred to them as ‘Minnie & Ena’ in a affectionate way (no malice intended). I also seem to recollect that Pat coined the phrase when referring to Dennis Marshall calling somebody on the radio as ‘sounds like a motor boat’ I could be wrong on the author? But sad news as ‘Another One Bites The Dust’.

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Condolences have also been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Howard Allmon, Geoff Johnston, Kris Massie, Dave Surry, Jeremy Berridge, Lesley Peacock, Tricia Riley, Janet Willis, Susan Buckley, Tina Harvey, Julie Nuttall, Peter Durran, Jim Street, Christine Jegu, Alan Reeves, Bob Holmes, Melissa Moremon, Richard Friend, Lindsay Smith, Jennifer Grail, Bill Hunter, Jenny Thomas, Ken Lownds,

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