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In Memory Of Ben Dean.

In Memory Of Ben Dean.

Whitby RNLI crew past and present are sorry to hear of the passing of former crew member Ben Dean on 9 January aged 88.

Ben Dean, along with Alan Marshall and Jim Male formed the fist ever inshore lifeboat crew in Whitby back in 1966.

Before this the only lifeboat had been the wooden Mary Ann Hepworth crewed by local fishermen. When the first inshore lifeboat was brought to the town, then Honorary Secretary Eric Thomson sought out some crew from the local yacht club.

Ben Dean was a member of the yacht club and also a local diver, diving the wreck of the Rohilla with Sid Weatherill and Moia Porteus.

He crewed the inshore lifeboat until he reached the age limit of 45, after this he was appointed Honorary Secretary, a role similar to today’s Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Mr Dean’s funeral will be held at St Hilda’s Church, west Cliff on Friday 26 January at 1pm.

Pictures show Ben Dean (White hat) with the inshore lifeboat in 1966.