All volunteers at Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat were saddened to hear that John Blundell sadly died on 19th January.
John was instrumental in getting the RNLI to establish a lifeboat in Porthcawl and following negotiations the station was opened in 1965.
He served the station as Honorary Secretary, now known as Lifeboat Operations Manager, in the early years and then station committee chairman for almost 40 years.
“Our thoughts today go out to John’s family. He certainly was an RNLI stalwart”
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Philip Missen MBE
Philip Missen MBE, Porthcawl Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘Our thoughts today go out to John’s family. He certainly was an RNLI stalwart and would still attend the lifeboat station most Sunday mornings up until just a couple of years ago when illness prevented his visits. It is very sad that he will not be with us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the station opening especially since he was the driving force and had the foresight to see the need for the RNLI to re-open a base at Porthcawl. That foresight has meant that our volunteers have saved many lives during those years since 1965’.