It was with some considerable sadness that I learned of the death of James Atkinson at the weekend and my deepest sympathy goes out to his family.
It was only recently that I discovered James and my father actually served together in their Navy Days. James was serving on board a Royal Navy Destroyer escorting a convoy to Korea and my father was a Merchant Navy Officer on board a troopship in the same convoy. I personally served with James on the Unit Management Committee at the Hartlepool Sea Cadet Unit and on the Board of Governors of the Hartlepool Sixth Form College. I was also a member for several years of the Hartlepool Rotary Club of which Jim was a regular attender.
James was a gentleman in the real sense of the word and will be missed by many in Hartlepool.