Farewell Paul Feakes

We mourn the loss of our good friend and club mate Paul Feakes who has sadly passed away following a long illness 

Paul

Paul was a diver’s diver, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, technical and vastly experienced as well as being a lovely, modest man.  He did his best to dive every week and would happily set off to dive a new wreck somewhere in the UK or overseas.  Paul was a founding member of Eden Divers, BSAC #1689 based in Edenbridge, Kent, where he inspired and encouraged everyone from novices to instructors to improve and learn on every dive.  He was also a long time member of Kingston & Elmbridge, BSAC #17 where he held the position of Diving Officer.  Dive trips with Paul were always fun, he enjoyed a good laugh and loved the banter and discussions following a dive. It helped that he had a wicked, dry sense of humour and we will never forget his smiles when we discussed dives or choosing wrecks to dive. Over the course of a long diving career, Paul had pretty much dived everything.  He was the go to person to talk to when planning a trip or just needing advice on diving a particular wreck or buying equipment.  He understood people and had a knack of pairing divers together, which more often than not resulted in the creation of new and long lasting friendships along the way.  Paul was never happier than when he was in the water, imparting his knowledge and experience in his calm, and assured way. 

When you dived with Paul you knew you were in very safe hands!

Words by Alex Kennedy, friend and club member

A Selection of Memories of Paul from Club Members

Paul will be remembered as a fountain of diving knowledge and a person you could get the best advice from on all subjects. He was a great pleasure to dive with and will be sadly missed at the club and on the boats. I always knew who to contact for any diving advice, he had many years experience and was a great diving officer.

I felt honoured and pleased to go to his funeral and to represent our club, it was held at the Bluebell Cemetery, Old London Road, Halstead, Kent on the 03 June 21. Within Covid rules it was well attended by mainly many of his old diving friends, with his sister Sue and partner Carol and relatives.

We as a club gave a monetary donation to Hospice on the Weald nursing home where he spent his last few days. Everybody spoke very highly of Paul, as a gentleman, wealth of diving knowledge, who always had time to help or explain any diving problems to those around him at the club, on the boat or on the diving trips.

He was a credit to our club and the other clubs he was involved in and I was very proud to be able to say a final farewell to him.

Len Hards, Chairman

Paul was a great diver, and brilliant company on the surface too!

Lucy Evans

He [Paul] was on my first sea dive in 20 years with Richard (at Richard’s request I gleaned – who was more nervous than me! )

Paul was cool as a cucumber as I sank, I think Shirley was nearby too, and stayed by my side as I adjusted myself to the surroundings my mask flooded, adjusting the buoyancy in a unfamiliar drysuit.

He was by my side throughout, the viz was great, Black Hawk I think and as I went up the line, he reassuring and attentive.

We both worked for BT, we had that in common and  we would often chat online about this and that and shared the odd photo and had the same dog breed. He has a Ruby King Charles Cav.

He had done over 40 years in BT, man and boy, based in Kent I think he was mainly telephone systems maintenance before going into Customer Service Management. He stayed on after his time to complete projects, his last was delivering a new network to the Post Office.

Jon Phelps

I have lots of memories! Paul was in all my videos! [Click here to see us on the War Helmet]

Tom Holt

Tony and I are so sorry to hear the sad news about Paul, fabulous guy wealth of knowledge and experience in the diving world, will be greatly missed.

Elaine & Tony

Alan and I will miss him terribly.

Jacqui and Alan

Paul was a kind and softly spoken man, who was very knowledgable on all things diving and life in general when you asked him for advice. As Diving Officer he helped me to analyse where I had gone wrong, or had a “learning experience”, on a dive. He was never judgemental, eager to help me and encourage me to keep going. We had a great Red Sea as a club with him in 2017. I will miss Paul.

Nathan Targett

Photo by Lucy Evans
Photo by Lucy Evans (Red Sea)
Photo by Lucy Evans (Dive Trip Social)
Photo by Lucy Evans (Red Sea)
Photo by Lucy Evans
Photo by Jonathan Markwell, Oban August 2016
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