Peter Trowsdale : Captain
Sadly Captain Trowsdale passed away suddenly in Mid-December 2022, aged 90. My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues.

Peter fulfilled his national service in the Fleet Air arm, flying Sea Hawks in the early days of UK jet aircraft carrier operations on HMS Eagle.

His first civilian flying job was with British Air Ferries, flying the Bristol Freighter and Carvair. Various mergers and acquisitions led to British Caledonian where he flew the 707 as both First Officer and Captain.

After a spell on the DC10, he finally ended up on the 747 which he continued to fly for a few years after the BA/BCal merger.

Peter retired in 1990 and enjoyed a long and healthy retirement with his wife Doreen; until her sad decline due to dementia and subsequent passing last year (2021).

Peter's flying legacy continues through his 6 children (including 3 Captains and 1 ex Purser), 17 grandchildren (including 4 pilots) and 4 great grandchildren (so far...).

To the right, Peter, with Doreen, at their home.
Service details

Peter's funeral was held on 28th December 2022 in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Rustington, West Sussex.

The family extended a welcome to join them for the service.
Peter Remembered

From Hasu Jethwa:

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

From Jennifer Grail:
RIP and condolences to his family.

From Kerry Coles:
R.I.P. Captain

From Christine Jegu:
Oh how sad. He was part of my era!!! My sincere condolences to the family.

From Vanessa Ridgway van Perlstein:

From Cos Shiels:
Night night wonderful Captain Pete Trowsdale. Thank you for the BCal memories. Thinking of his family. RIP

From Maria Shaw:

From Karen Bottomley:
Thinking of you. Lots and lots of love xxxx

From Jim Will:
R I P Captain Pete.

From Anthony Cowan
RIP Pete. I was with Pete when we got stuck during the Liberian coup in 1980. President killed and Sgt Doe took over. Scary. We were stuck at the Robertsfield hotel for 6 days but Pete kept us all calm.

From Derek G Ralph:
Oh no, a great person

From Sue Jackson-Page:
Fond memories of flying with a true gentleman. RIP

From Sally Simmonds:
RIP and fly high, Captain.

From Roz Isted
Peter was a lovely man. I was also on the crew during that awful coup in Liberia. Pete was the best. My thoughts and sincere condolences to all of his family.

From Sue Buckley (Kirkby)
I’d like to pass on my condolences to all Pete’s family. I saw him at the reunion in September 2022 with Shaun and Jo and he looked so well bless him. Very sad.

From Joanna Dyckes: Sad news, RIP, and love to all his family

From Doug Anderson: RIP; my condolences to all his family

From Mark Whiting
Another thoroughly good man leaves the earthly runway. I flew with Peter on both DC10 and 747 trips. Unflappable and approachable, along with an excellent standard of airmanship, Captain Trowsdale was a name to treasure on any trip schedule. RIP Skipper.

From Al Stewart
It was a highlight of the evening when Carmel and I met up with Pete at the recent BCAL reunion. I flew with Pete many times on the DC10 including a very memorable trip to LAX - on this trip Carmel and I witnessed Pete’s impressive and gracious command style when faced with a complex and challenging issue affecting his crew. One of the absolute best

From Denise Stevens: How sad. Peter was a real gentleman. I flew with him many times in BCal days. Condolences to you all

From Mike Thrower: Lovely, Lovely guy to fly with…..sincere condolences to all the family….blue skies and tailwinds Pete….

From Mandy White:
So sorry to hear this, I remember him well from my LGW days BCal, rest in peace

From Anthony Cowan
RIP Pete. I was with Pete on a 707 slip in Monrovia in 1980 when the coup happened. President assassinated, sergeant Doe took over. A scary few days. but Pete kept us calm.

From Tricia Riley: So sad to hear the news of Pete’s passing A lovely man Always professional and a pleasure work with.

From Bernice Priestnall: My sincere condolences to all the family. A lovely gentleman who was a delight to fly with .

From Caroline Wharfe: He was so lovely .. sending condolences to the family

From Coreen Wilcox
I remember chatting to him at the last reunion….his son accompanied him. Happy memories of flights under his command on B707 & DC10. How proud he must have been of all his children & grandchildren including 3 Captains following in his footsteps. Lovely man…rest in peace. My sincere condolences to all the family

From Frances Firmin
Sad news, I remember him well as a thoroughly nice and kind man (BCAL). Condolences to all members of the family.

From Susie Caldwell:
A real gentleman, always lovely to fly with. Condolences to all his equally lovely family

From Reed Purvis: Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this. He was such a lovely man

From Clare Lidbetter: So sorry I remember flying with him at LGW in BCal days, condolences to all the family

From Mike Jeffs:
Sad to read this. I flew with Peter on the DC10, such a lovely man. A life well lived; RIP Peter

From Suzanne Jeffers: So sad, l flew with Peter a few times in BCAL, such a lovely gentleman, condolences to the family. RIP

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Condolences have been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Michael Atkinson, Jean Carlyle-Lyon, Malcolm McCluskey, Jean Bagnell, Liz Rogers, Sue Jackson-Page, Janet Goswell, Anthony Cowan, Kris Massie, Frances Taylor, Elaine Brown, Susie Douglas-Smith, Peter Durran, Cos Shiels, Beverley Fish, Alan Reeves, Martin Emery, Keith Herbert, Dudley Rice, Christine Jegu, Jennifer Grail, John Bailey, Anthea McClelland, Liz Tiley, Robert Holland, Steve Taylor, Dave Surry, Caron Phillips, Nick Washington-Jones, Lindsay Smith, Sylvia Murphy, Tina Harvey, Julie Hourigan, Graham Waters, Riaz Butt, David Williams, Elaine Colhoun, Jenny Thomas.

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