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Distinguished Flackwell Heath maritime engineer dies
A FLACKWELL Heath man with a distinguished career in the maritime industries has died aged 89 after a short illness.
A Scotsman by birth, Duncan Lyon enjoyed a varied career which saw him realise his boyhood dreaming of becoming Chief Engineer on the iconic RMS Queen Mary ocean liner.
He came ashore to join Texaco/Caltex Group in London, and worked for a number of companies in the sector.
Mr Lyon then became MD of of Marine Pollution Control Ltd and European Coordinator of a global consortium Maritime Response Alliance based in Seattle set up to deal with oil spill incidences.
Working well beyond his retirement age for a diverse range of organisations, Mr Lyon amassed a collection of titles and memberships.
As well as becoming a Freeman of both the cities of London and Glasgow, he was also a Fellow of the Institute of Petroleum and in 2011, was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the International Spill Control Organization he first joined in 2005.
A resident of Flackwell Heath for much of his adult life, Mr Lyon was a member of Flackwell Heath Gold Club and lived nearby, describing his house as “next to the 19th hole”.
He is survived by his wife Liz, four sons, four daughters and nine grandchildren, who said his sparkling conviviality, companionship and warmth will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
His funeral was held at Chiltern’s Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham, HP7 0ND on Tuesday, October 15 at 2.45pm.
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