tragically died in a car crash whilst still grieving over the death,
a month earlier of his new born baby girl Linda
Jack was my 'Sea Daddy' when I joined HMS Yarmouth in
1968. He was a great lad. Came from Northern Ireland originally. He
was a very good footballer too. He certainly looked after me in the
first year on board, making sure I kept out of trouble and that I
made it back on board before midnight. Although he himself doffed
his cap on a couple of occasions. He had a lovely family and the
last time I saw Jack was when I had a pint with him in the Silver
Cross pub in Whitehall when he was stationed at the admiralty. I was
told of his tragic death by an ex Yarmouth officer with whom I
served with on HMS Maidstone in Northern Ireland. You were a great
lad Jack, one of the best.
onboard the Albion together from 1964 - 1966, 18 months in the
Far East. He Was born in the Suffolk district of Belfast and he
was about 6 months older than me, which would mean that this
year he would be 60.
ship was the Undaunted in the Portland Squadron (Capt F2) which
he joined from Mercury, the Albion was his second. Personal
memories of Jack are that he was an all round 'good hand',
brilliant snooker player, football was no problem, as a card
player he was superb, even the old 'three-badgers' couldn't
out-brag him. Snappy dresser and he could pull the birds, he
always got the good lookers and he used to lend me a fiver to
take on their (often less than beautiful) mates. This may sound
like I'm remembering Jack through rose tinted glasses, but he
really was a great mate. Oh, yeah, and he could also handle
himself rather well when in a tight corner.
Must have been a good person simply because I found
this on the net and I also try to be that way, was born close to him
my birth was 10/44, my name is also Jack Philip Adair, now old kids
gone not as happy as I once was but still have a wonderful wife that
helps me day to day ,may god bless your Jack and I think it is
wonderful that you remember and remembered him after death.
was my darling husband and I still grieve for him now. They say
that times a healer but it's not really, you just have to get used
to someone not being around anymore. Someone sent me the link to
this website and I got quite a shock when I opened it. It was as if
time stood still for a moment. I loved him dearly and wonder what
he would have been like now as he would have been 62. I still miss
him and I'll never forget the 5 happy years we had together as man
and wife. Sadly, I have lost touch with all his family. His son is
called Brian and he was only 4 at the time of Jack's death. He is
now 41 and a deep sea diver and if you ever saw the TV programme
called Real Men when it featured the diver's, well that is the job
he does now and I'm very proud of him and I know his dad would be
too. I could go on forever but I'll shut up now. Thanks for all
your lovely comments, he was a fantastic man with a terrific sense
of humour. Also thank you to whoever set up this website. It's
really lovely that you thought of this memorial and I'm so chuffed.
joined the Navy at HMS Ganges with Jack and we became really good
friends. HMS Mercury was our next stop to continue our training.
During this time we decided to go to Pompey for a drink one evening
and then call in on my parents, unfortunately we had,had one or two
to many and my father made us sleep in the shed with the cat
overnight. Following Mercury we both got a draft to HMS Undaunted
as as young lads we had some fun, keeping well clear of my father.
I then left Undaunted and sadly never ran into Jack again. I asked
around for years as to where he may be and it wasnít until I was
speaking with a sub-Lieutenant Milligan an Irishman whilst serving
in HMS Drake that I heard what may have happened to Jack. Now I
have come across this site. I am really sorry that this has been
proved to be correct because he was a really good friend and
workmate and you donít get many of them in this life. May he rest
in peace... He will not be forgotten.
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