Barry Dyer from Bembridge
A FORMER member of Bembridge Lifeboat crew, who helped to save the lives of over 300 people during more than 30 years of service, has died, aged 73.
Barry Dyer, of Beach House Lane, Bembridge, was born in Bembridge in 1942 to Ena and Henry Leslie Childs, and was the middle of three brothers.
He attended Bembridge CE School before going to East Cowes Technical College to study engineering. An apprenticeship followed at tool makers, H. A. Willis, before he joined the family business, Hodge and Childs, owned by his cousins.
After some years working at garages, he set up on his own trading cars and later went on to buy premises in King’s Road and opened Bembridge Car Centre.
In the 1960s, Mr Dyer joined the Bembridge Lifeboat as one of the first crew of the new D class Inshore Lifeboat and went on to be second coxswain and assistant mechanic on the all-weather lifeboat.
He was awarded for his long service at Buckingham Palace and remained an avid supporter of the RNLI throughout his life.
He was also an experienced yachtsman and was a commodore of Brading Haven Yacht Club.
Mr Dyer was a member of the Bembridge Business Association and Bembridge Parish Council. In his early years, he was one of the founding members of Bembridge Youth Club and played for the village football and cricket teams.
An accomplished sportsman, he showed prowess at football, cricket, squash, tennis and golf but it was on the water he really excelled.
He leaves a wife, Penny, and three daughters from his first marriage to Carol — Jodi, Kirsty and Gemma. He was also grandfather to five.
A service of thanksgiving was held at Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge, last Thursday.