Details of those know to have crossed the bar
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Postby David Addis » Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:48 pm

September 2014
John Reidy posted on Facebook that Wilf Westlake has crossed the bar
A long time friend Fred Coats gave a interview to the local press and said the following:-
Fred Coats
Report from Weymouth area: -
TRIBUTES have poured in for a Catholic clergyman whose body was found on a Portland beach.
Reverend Wilfred Westlake, a deacon at St Joseph's Church in Weymouth, was described as 'genuine, kind and caring'.
Dorset Police said they were called to a report of a man's body being found on a beach close to Portland Castle at 7.23am yesterday (Thurs) morning. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Next of kin and the coroner have been informed.
The man has been named locally as the Reverend Wilfred Westlake, MBE, who was in his 70s.
He retired last year - and parishioners organised a party to mark the occasion - but Mr Westlake had recently been helping out the parish priest with duties in the Weymouth and Portland parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea.
Fred Coates, 75, from Portland has been best friends with Mr Westlake for more than 50 years.
They first met when they were in the Naval Provost on Portland, before working out in Singapore for three years from 1965-68 - Mr Coates in the fleet mail office and Mr Westlake again as provost.
It was in Singapore that Mr Westlake met his future wife Joan, who passed away a few years ago.
Mr Coates and Mr Westlake both worked on different ships at different times out of Portland, after moving back and in the 70s they worked at Boscawen Sailing Centre together.
Mr Coates said there wasn't a week in the last ten years the friends hadn't seen each other and had always kept in touch.
He said: “He was just a nice, genuine sort of bloke and he was a good mate.
“He'd do anything for you. He was a genuine sort of person.”
Wilf Westlake
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