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William Findlay,A celebration of his life

14 Nov 2018 17:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

I am writing to inform you that  William Findlay known as "Bill" sadly passed away having been taken ill very suddenly . He was admitted to hospital on 18th October and died on 1st November 2018. It has been a great shock. Bill was 86.


The family is holding a celebration of his life at 1.45pm on Monday 19th November at The Oaks Crematorium, Barton Road, PO11 9SL, followed by a reception at Hayling Island Sailing Club, Sandy Point, PO11 9SL at 3pm.

Anyone who would like to attend would be very welcome. It is family flowers only, but donations can be make to The Seafarers Charity which Bill was involved with - Cheques made payable to The Guild of Benevolence of the IMarES or can be made on line at


Bill used to own two Steam boats but sold them following the death of his wife and a move from fleet to the address below.


My name is Penny Austin and I was Bill Findlay's partner for the last 9 years.  We used to be invited to meet up for a lunch with a group of Steamboat Association members, who were local to the area, every summer at the home of  a lovely couple who live on the Hamble Estuary but I cannot remember their names and I would like to be able to contact them to let them know that Bill has recently died so that they can forward the information on to any one else that they think would want to know. Bill Findlay lived at 15, Fountain Square, West Town , Hayling Island, PO11 0FB.


I live in High Wycombe Buckinghamshire and can be contacted on *** I have removed Penny's phone numbers from here. If you need to contact her , then please contact me Mike Cole membership sec, details in funnel and I can post her phone numbers on.


I would appreciate it if you could let me know if you are able to help me with my investigation and if you are able to let people know about the service in time. We also used to go to the Annual Steamboat Meets on water near Reading.


Kindest Regards


Penny Austin

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