Vernon Rolls, Tony Doveston & Beryl Ratnayake

Post date: Apr 08, 2018 4:16:2 PM

Dear SCARA Member,

It is with regret that I have the following messages to circulate to the Membership.

1. Vernon Rolls died 28 February 2018

Vernon's son John has notified us of the sad death of his father Vernon Rolls. The funeral will take place on Monday 30 April 2018.

* 10.30am at Our Lady Queen Of Peace RC church, the Avenue, Braintree, CM7 3HY and then

* 11.30am at Three Counties Crematorium, Halstead Rd, Braintree CM7 5PB

* and afterwards at the Liberal Club, 106 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, CM7 9ES

2. Tony Doveston died 21 March 2018

Alan Buckley, who joined OCL on the same day as Tony in December 1968 has sent the following message.

“It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Tony Doveston on 21 March 2018 after a prolonged illness. Tony was originally with Blue Funnel in Liverpool and transferred to Overseas Containers Ltd in December 1968 as the Freight Office Supervisor at Manchester Containerbase. As the Company got under way, Tony moved to the Liverpool Office as Freight Office Manager where he remained before moving to Dart Line in Southampton and later to Royal Nedlloyd in Felixstowe.

Tony is survived by his wife Margaret and daughter Clare.

The funeral will take place at - Seven Hills Crematorium

Felixstowe Road


Suffolk IP10 0FG

on Monday 23 April at 1330 hrs.

It would be most helpful for anyone wishing to attend to please advise me at”

3. Beryl Ratnayake died 12 March 2018 (details previously circulated)

Barry Williams, who attended Beryl's funeral has sent the following message for circulation.

"Beryl Ratnayake, wife of Anton, was buried on the 4th April at Cheshunt Cemetry and local Family Graves.

Typical of Anton the array of guests was a range of interesting family and friends from England, Sri Lanka and worldwide. Beryl was a tremendous support to Anton Ratnayake who was a senior and successful manager who made a major contribution to the growth of OCL / P&O Containers in those heady days where fun was almost as Important as work. Aside from myself, P&O was also represented by Sue Johnson who worked for Anton as a senior IT Manager during those years."

Kind regards,

Belinda McCormack

SCARA Membership Secretary