Tristan da Cunha celebrates the lives of islanders who have passed away.

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Obituary for Lewis Glass

By Dawn Repetto

Lewis Edward Glass known to his family and friends as 'Lulu', passed away on 19th February 2019, aged 70. He was born to parents Godfrey and Cathleen Glass (née Green) on 6th April 1948. He was one of three children and married Yvonne Repetto on 26th June 1969 and had two sons, Trevor and Simon.

Lewis played many roles within the community. He was employed at the fish factory and partnered Eric Glass to fish for lobster and then took on a young apprentice Wayne Swain until his retirement. Lewis also partnered Harold Green to fish on the MFV Hekla for a month. He was a Special Constable for the Police Department and would assist there when the need arose, whether it be policing work or as immigration officer for the cruise ships. When the island's policeman was absent, he also took over as Head of the Police Department. Lewis was elected to the Island Council for six terms in 1973-1979, 1985-1988, 1991-1994, 1994-1997, 2003-2007 and as Chief Islander from 1991-1994. He was also served as Acting Administrator for two periods in 1994 and 2005.

Lewis Glass

Lewis took part in two rescue teams who travelled to Gough Island, one was in 1969 when a few members of the Gough Team were lost on the mountain, and the other was in 2000, when a pair of fishermen were marooned on the island after their MFV Edinburgh-based fishing boat capsized. In 2006 Lewis also assisted in the wreck removal operation of an oil rig that was grounded on Tristan's shores.

As an outstanding member of the community, Lewis was awarded four medals: the MBE in 1995, Colonial Special Constabulary Medal in 2010; the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for service as a Special Constable in 2012 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for mountain rescue.

Although Lewis had a busy work life, he was a family man and took great pride in looking after his wife and children. He was a very fit man and loved the mountain and going around to the Caves and Stoney Beach for a weekend break, tending to sheep and cattle respectively. In his younger life the young men were often heard to say, 'if you're going on the mountain with Lewis let him get ahead as he walks so fast he will have your legs aching in no time'. He also loved tending to his potato patches and would spend many a day there with his wife Yvonne.

Lewis was a kind and humble man and will be sadly missed by his wife Yvonne, sons Trevor and Simon, daughter in law Natasha, sisters Evelyn and Johanna and all his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Obituary for Violet Brown (née Repetto)

By Ian Brown

Violet Rene Brown (née Repetto) passed away aged 79 on Thursday 18th April 2019 at her home in Blackfield, Hampshire, UK. Violet was born on 14th December 1939 on Tristan da Cunha. She was the second youngest child of Arthur and Edith Repetto (née Swain) and had six brothers and sisters. She married Michael Brown on 7th September 1963 and had three children Ian, Susan and Joy.

Violet and Michael revisited Tristan many times and was known as "Aunty Vi" by those youngsters that knew her. She would be happy to host any Tristanian that arrived in the UK with open arms. A kind and generous person who was loved, and will be missed by everyone.

An order of service was held on Tristan at the same that time her funeral was held in the UK.

Violet leaves behind her husband Michael, three children Ian, Susan and Joy, six Grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Violet Rene Brown

Obituary for Timothy Green

By Sue Patterson

We regret to announce the sudden death of Timothy Edward Green on the 25 January 2019 age 70. Tim was the eldest son of Douglas and Frances Green and was born on the 13 May 1948. At the age of 14, Tim was evacuated with his family to the UK after the volcano erupted in 1961, and went to school at Hardley, Southampton. After leaving school, he worked at the Beaulieu Motor Museum as a valet and would often walk Lord Montague's dogs.

Tim returned to Tristan with his family in 1963 and went to work in the Public Works Department as a Crane Operator. He played a major role in lifting the harbour boats to safety in some of our worst storms. Tim was also an accomplished fisherman, and with his partner Ken Green they would often have one of the largest catches on a fishing day. He then worked for the Agriculture Department until he retired.

Tim loved taking trips up the mountain side and on many occasions took family, friends and visitors to the Peak and the Ponds. He also enjoyed his trips to Nightingale and was a fine coxswain for the longboat Raffee.

All will remember him as a kind and generous man with a good sense of humour who loved his music. He will be very sadly missed by his family and friends. Tim is survived by his sons Matthew and Dion, and his sister Sue. The family would like to thank all those who sent messages of condolence.

Obituary for Monica Glass

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Monica Glass, who passed away 3rd April 2019, aged 88.
8-Apr-2019
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Obituary for James Green

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander James Green, who passed away 9th February 2019, aged 75.
5-Mar-2019
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Obituary for Ernest Repetto

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Ernest Repetto, who passed away 30th September 2018, aged 92.
4-Mar-2019
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Obituary for Rupert Swain

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Rupert Swain, who passed away 20th August 2018, aged 74.
1-Sep-2018
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Memorial Service Announced for former Admin Peter Wheeler

Peter Wheeler, who was Administrator of Tristan during the volcano years, died on the 6th May 2018. His memorial service will be held in early September 2018.
16-Aug-2018
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Obituary for Lucy Swain

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Lucy Swain, who passed away 17th June 2018, aged 83.
19-Jul-2018
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