Tributes paid to seafarer

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Tributes have been paid to a respected member of Scarborough’s harbour community who has died aged 69.

Michael William Bayes, a retired Marine Engineer, attended Gladstone Road School and gained a place at The Graham Sea Training School, after which he joined the Royal Navy Training Ship HMS Ganges.

His naval career included service on the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and as a submariner on HMS Sea Lion taking him to many countries including Hong Kong, Malta, Gibraltar, Mombasa, and finally to Her Majesty’s Naval Base on the Clyde – commonly known throughout the Navy as Faslane - the Royal Navy’s main presence in Scotland and home to the core of the Submarine Service, including the nation’s nuclear deterrent.

On his return to Scarborough he quickly found his niche with Scarborough Marine Engineers and enjoyed his place as a respected member of the harbour community.

Michael wasted no time in joining Scarborough Sub-Aqua Club and served as its diving officer and boating officer - posts he held more than once.

He taught many people to dive safely and was usually to be found helping man the safety boat during the annual Boxing Day Raft Race.

Very soon after returning to Scarborough he met his future wife Susan, a nurse, and they were married and settled happily in the town.

Michael will also be known to many for his service on Scarborough lifeboat. He served with four separate coxswains on several lifeboats and, until ill health prevented him carrying out his duties, was Deputy Launching Authority with regards to boat deployment.

Michael was also presented with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal awarded for unbroken voluntary public service. He was looking forward to seeing the launch of the new Shannon-class vessel and even as his health deteriorated took great interest in following its progress.

Michael was a member of Scarborough Yacht Club and took great pleasure sailing the “Lady Alice” with Colin Lawson and Nick Morton.

Although his life revolved round the sea, his wider interests included hang gliding, hill walking, canal boating, and he enjoyed many happy holidays with his wife Susan.

Michael’s naval service in Scotland sparked the beginning of an enduring love affair with that country.

His sister Jilly Pigg payed tribute, saying: “He was a charming and charismatic gentleman with a great sense of adventure, and deep loyalty to his dear wife Susan, his family, and his many friends. Michael will be sorely missed.”

His funeral takes place at 2pm on Friday November 22 at Woodlands Crematorium.