It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our good friend Commander Anatoliy L'vovich LIFSHITS from Saint Petersburg.
Anatoliy was born on 23rd December 1918. He took part in 23 Arctic Convoys during the Second World War.
A very respected gentleman and a great friend, Anatoliy passed the bar in his sleep on Thursday 27 July 2017.
Rest in peace Anatoliy!
JAMES (Jim) PITTS offered his personal Arctic Star Medal to be taken to Russia on behalf of all British veterans of the Arctic Convoys as a token of appreciation for the joint efforts of Soviet and British sailors during the Arctic Convoys’ campaigns of the Second World War.
Jim passed away peacefully on the eve of Sunday 26 March 2017 at the age of 93.
Rest in peace Jim! You will always stay in our memories as a Gentleman and a true Friend.
THE ARCTIC STAR TO RUSSIA 2013
When I first met you Arthur, during my Victory Day London 2008 on board HMS Belfast, I presented you with a decanter of Pusser’s Rum - a beautiful clay decanter of the true Navy Rum with Admiral Nelson on it. You were only 87 then. A few weeks later I asked you whether you finished your Pusser's. You replied:
“O, no! I decided to open it on my 90th birthday. I also instructed my family to open it on my funeral if I don’t live to my 90th birthday.”
What a great Man! As straight as a die. Never complained. Always reliable. We had some great times together, didn't we... Rest in Peace my friend Arthur. We’ll meet again!