TRIBUTES were paid to an RNLI hero who served for more than 30 years.
Andrew “Andy” MacQueen, a dedicated member of the Lifeboat Service for more than half his life, died on Sunday August 14 at the age of 62. He had suffered from cancer.
His death came just three months after he married his wife Joy. He also leaves three children from a previous marriage, Courtney, Scott and Hadleigh.
Andy was part of the RNLI crew at Newhaven and joined the Volunteer Service at 17 after spending time with the Sea Cadets.
He then volunteered and volunteered for the lifeboat service for around 34 years, including a full-time job as a lifeboat mechanic.
His brother Jim said: “He was a hero to all who knew him. He never talked about it or bragged about it, he was very quiet about it.
“He led a pretty quiet life, but he was always by the water. We told his daughter that your dad is going out with a bang. It’s going to be an amazing farewell.”
Andy, who was also briefly in the fire service, has been described as being heavily involved in lifeboat service, whether as a mechanic, a member of the boat’s crew, or being part of the fundraiser.
He has been involved in countless rescue operations, one of the largest being part of the crew rescuing those on board the Athina B when her engines failed off the coast of Shoreham in January 1980. Everyone on board was evacuated before the boat ran aground on Brighton Beach, causing national headlines.
Newhaven RNLI will pay tribute to Andy at his funeral tomorrow.
The funeral procession will leave its home near Newhaven Quay at 10.50am and a lifeboat will accompany it on Newhaven West Beach.
Andy is presented with a guard of honor by the lifeboat crew after the procession through Newhaven town centre.
Phil Corsi, the RNLI’s Area Lifesaving Manager, said: “Andy and I were in the Sea Cadets together in the ’70s.
“He was an enthusiastic and proactive member of the lifeboat station and was responsible for the lifeboats once a day.
“He was always a part of the community and helped with fundraisers.”
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