Retired Exmouth RNLI coxswain Tim Mock will take his final trip along the seafront when his funeral cortege departs on Thursday (April 29).
Tim’s family is inviting all who knew him to line the route of Exmouth seafront at 12.25pm, as the cortege drives between the Queen’s Drive lifeboat station to the former lifeboat station – now Exmouth Rowing Club.
The arrangements have been made to comply with current Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, which limits the numbers at funerals.
An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “The funeral cortege will be driving along the seafront between the new lifeboat station in Queens Drive, Exmouth, to the old station, now Exmouth Rowing Club, starting at 12.25pm Thursday 29th April 2021.
“Tim’s family would like to invite anyone who wishes to pay their respects to stand along that route while Tim takes his final journey along the beach and the sea that meant so much to him, and on which he spent a large and well spent part of his life.”
Lifeboat ‘legend’ Tim Mock, retired Exmouth coxswain mechanic, died on April 10 after a short illness.
Tim served on the RNLI crew for 34 years, joining as a volunteer in April 1980 aged 21.
He became boats mechanic three years later, a post he ‘excelled’ at for 30 years, the RNLI said.
During his service he was coxswain of the Exmouth RNLI Trent Class Lifeboat Forward Birmingham and the Mersey Class Lifeboat Margaret Jean.
The RNLI said Tim saved ‘thousands of lives in the course of a quite incredible career of dedication, bravery, leadership and astute seamanship’.
Tim finally hung up his pager and yellow lifeboat wellies on Christmas Day 2013 to retire from the RNLI, leaving his post of coxswain-mechanic, a role he held since 1998.
Tim’s love for the RNLI and dedication to the sea safety service lives on in his son, Henry, who joined Exmouth RNLI as a crew volunteer in 2011 aged 17.
The former coxswain’s dedication to the RNLI was recognised through accolades including the RNLI Certificate of Service.
On his retirement in 2013 Tim received an Honourary Membership of the Exe Sailing Club, and in 2014 the Rotary Club Citizen of the Year Award, plus a town council shield for his years of service to Exmouth.
Tim was called a ‘’great asset’ by the Exmouth and District Community Transport Group.
Tim joined the charity, driving buses, on his retirement from the RNLI.
‘A true RNLI legend, he will always be part of Exmouth lifeboat history’ – town pays tribute to ‘hero’ Tim Mock, who has died