Invoice Blacklock obituary


My father, William Blacklock, who has died aged 101, labored for Lloyd’s Register of Transport as a marine engineer and surveyor within the UK, Germany and Brazil.

Invoice was born in Wallsend in North Tyneside to William, a tram driver, and his spouse, Jessie (nee Tomlinson). He attended Wallsend grammar faculty, leaving together with his faculty certificates at 16 to begin an apprenticeship with the native engineering firm Clarke Chapman. Whereas working, he studied engineering at night time faculty, later giving lessons to complement his revenue.

As his job certified as a reserved occupation throughout the second world warfare, Invoice was excused the call-up till 1943, after which he served 5 years within the service provider navy with, variously, the Blue Funnel Line, Bowring Steamship Firm, Federal Steam Navigation Firm, Furness Houlder Argentine Line and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

He survived a torpedo assault in 1945, and as soon as his 5 years had been up, in 1948, he opted to review as a chief engineer at South Shields Marine College earlier than becoming a member of Lloyd’s Register in 1949 at their head workplace in London.

Lloyd’s posted him to Hamburg in 1955, and there he met Glyn Courtney, who was operating Church Military bookshops within the British occupation zone of Germany. They married in 1958 after they’d returned to the UK, the place Invoice labored within the Lloyd’s investigation division, with in depth overseas journey at brief discover the norm.

In search of much less disruption to his household life (I used to be born in 1959 and my brother Simon in 1962), and having found the Cumberland coast and North Lancashire on work journeys to the Windscale nuclear plant, he was transferred by Lloyd’s to Barrow-in-Furness in 1962. Though there was a subsequent posting to Rio de Janeiro in 1966, he was again within the UK in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1969 and was lastly posted to Middlesbrough as senior principal surveyor, all of the whereas retaining a home within the village of Nice Urswick in what grew to become Cumbria.

Invoice retired in 1986, after which he honed his abilities as a eager handyman and gardener, additionally serving on the Urswick Tarn Affiliation, a physique charged with taking care of a small lake in his residence village.

Glyn died in 2009. He’s survived by Simon and me, his grandchildren Mikael and Elizabeth, and great-grandchildren Oscar and Sofia.


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