Obituary - Captain M D A (Tony) Lee - written by John Downs 1949Tony Lee's Funeral Service took place at Sarisbury Green on 6th December 2010. The Church was filled to the gunwhales. The Warsash Association was represented by John Downs, Alec Miller, Khan Rashid and possibly a few more unidentified embers in the congregation. There was a good turn out from The Warsash Acadamy Staff, Southampton Master Mariners and many others from other organisations to which Tony belonged.
Tony was born in Leicester on 4.9.1924 and was thus 86 years of age, when he died at Southampton General Hospital on Friday 26.11.2010. His sea career commenced on 19.9.1940 when aged 16yrs, he signed indentures with British India Line. After completing his time he left B.I. and saw service on the Empire Pride, which was a purpose built Troop Ship owned by the Ministry of Transport and managed by Bibby Brothers. This was followed by serving as Second Officer onboard an American built Liberty ship, the "Sampep", which was managed by Houlder Brothers. He left that vessel on 17.12.1947 and became Second Officer on the "Delane", of Lamport and Holt line. He then followed a change from general cargo to the "British Dragoon" a tanker of the B.T.C Fleet and later was to become Chief Officer of the "British Workman". For his continued service during the war, he was awarded the 1939/45 Star, The Africa Star, The Italy Star and the Atlantic Star.
Tony passed for Extra Master on 28.3.1951 and shortly afterwards was appointed as a lecturer at the School of Navigation, Warsash. He was initially with the Junior Department but transferred to the Senior Department in the Autumn term of that same year. At the College of Nautical Studies as it eventually became, Tony rose to become the Head of the Senior Department and developed the Management Training Centre, he also through a period of technological advance, continued to support the development of the Radar Simulator until it became part of the ships Bridge Simulator Unit. Many members of the Association will recall being taught by him.
In 1953, Tony took on the roll of Hon.Secretary to the Old Cadets Association and was later a staunch supporter of the Warsash Association and was in fact made a life Member. He was also a keen supporter of the Southampton Master Mariner's Club.
Our deepest sympathies go to Eileen and family.Return to In Memoriam