His memory will live on

Tony Barrett's funeral at St Hilda's Church''w133906e
Tony Barrett's funeral at St Hilda's Church''w133906e

The name of a former Whitby Air Cadet Officer and teacher who was killed in a car crash will live on in a memorial award in his honour.

It is expected to be called the Tony Barrett Memorial Award and will be presented to the Whitby Air Cadet’s most improved squad member.

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Tony Barrett's funeral at St Hilda's Church''w133906f

Warrant Officer Martyn Marsh said it would be awarded in this way because Tony, an active member of the 740 Squadron, was always in favour of the underdog.

He said: “We have a shooting award which Tony used to present but was not in his name. What we are going to do is create a new award specifically in memory of Tony.

“We want to have approval from his family but it will be handed out at our annual awards around April time.

“Tony was very much in favour of the underdog and helped them improve and encouraged them to get better. Some people have skills and others have to work at them, he was very much about helping those that did not have the natural ability, that is why he was so fantastic.

“This award will always be in his name and his name lives on so he will never be forgotten.”

Tony, known locally as ‘Mr B’ among former pupils, was killed at the scene of the accident which happened on Sunday 9 September at about 9.20pm on the A171 Whitby to Guisborough Road.

His silver Vauxhall Vectra collided with a white Mercedes outside Calais House Farm in Tranmire.

His funeral took place on Tuesday at a packed St Hilda’s Church on the West Cliff.

Over 400 people from Whitby and beyond turned out to pay their last respects to Tony and his family.

The Air Cadets lined up and played the Corp of Drums as his coffin arrived outside the church and was carried in for the service, led by the Canon Rev David Smith.

Tony’s daughter, Claire read a poem ‘He is Gone’ by David Harkin which was followed by hymns and further tributes from his son Dan.

After the funeral, the last post was played by cadet Charlie Kay after Tony had said how much he enjoyed it when it was played at the unveiling of Whitby’s new war memorial in June.

Following a private family cremation at Scarborough, Tony’s family joined his many friends and former colleagues at The Stables for a reception.

WO Marsh added: “It was a good send off. If he was there he would have been saying ‘get a grip, I don’t deserve it’.

“He was so modest but a lovely man and will be badly missed.”