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    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    Tribute to Barry seafaring legend Jim Greenway

    TRIBUTES have been paid to a Barry seafaring stalwart.


    James Thomas Greenway, chairman and founder of the Barry branch of the Merchant Navy Association, died on March 21 after a short illness.

    Better known as Jim, the Fryatt Street resident, has been described as a "major driving force" of the branch.

    Mr Greenway's son, Keith, said: “For many years, Jim had been a major driving force as a founder member of the Barry branch of the Merchant Navy Association and its Welsh body.

    "He passionately believed that all those who risked life and limb by going to sea and keeping essential supply channels open to Britain and its allies deserved much greater recognition.”

    Mr Greenway's grandfather, Thomas Greenway, died in the First World War when the ship he was serving on was torpedoed. His great uncle, James, suffered the same fate in the Second World War, while his father, James Joseph Greenway, died at sea in 1938 when Jim was only five-and-a-half.

    Mr Greenway attended St. Helen’s’ Roman Catholic schools, but could not go to nautical college in Cardiff because he was unable to afford the fees or the uniform.

    He managed to go to sea by joining the Merchant Navy – starting off at ‘Sea School’ at Sharpness where he was taught the basics and subsequently did lifeboat and catering courses, excelling in the latter.

    As a rating, his first ship was a Canadian cargo ship, the Gatineau Park in 1948. It sailed from Barry to Liverpool where it picked up a local cargo and went up the Manchester Canal to Salford and after that crossed the Atlantic to ports in Canada and the USA.

    Mr Greenway travelled all over the world on marathon voyages - one as long as nine months – which took him through the Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal, to Aden, Singapore and Communist China and countless ports in between, before medical problems forced him to leave the navy.

    He then worked for BP Distillers for 25 years as a polymerisation (PVC) technician, and was a works convenor for the Transport and General Workers’ Union.

    He chose early retirement in 1983 and was a Labour candidate in a local election.

    Mr Greenway is credited with playing a major role in forging maritime links of friendship and fraternity and highlighting the role played by both Welsh and Irishmen in the Merchant Navy, especially during both world wars.

    In 2000, as secretary of the Barry MNA branch, he presented his grandfather’s war medals at a reception in the Kinsale Regional Museum.

    He and his colleagues were also said to have been proud of signing the Friendship Pacts between Kinsale Harbour Board and the Barry Branch of the Merchant Navy Association in Kinsale in May 1999.

    The second leg of the Friendship Pact was signed at the Sea view Labour Club in Barry on September 29, 2001. A similar pact of friendship was sign between Barry and Kinsale Councils a few years ago.

    His son added: “He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.”

    Tribute to Barry seafaring legend Jim Greenway (From Barry And District News)

    SORRY BIT LENGHTHY ! Just need to do this. K

    FULL VERSION.

    James (Jim) Thomas Greenway.

    Jim has crossed the bar.

    “Sea stories were often recalled during his childhood”.

    James Thomas Greenway, was probably better known to most as Jim. He was born in Barry and was a local lad who always had a great love of his childhood and family homes, which were both at Fryatt Street. He spent his early years growing up in his grandmothers’s home and he jumped at the chance to buy his own house in later life in the same street where he had fond memories of his mother and grand mother whom he adored.

    After a short illness Jim died peacefully on March 21, 2016, aged 82; the beloved husband of Doreen, a much loved father of Kevin, Keith, Kerry and Claire, Daughter in laws and son in law. He was a cherished and well loved grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.
    For many years, Jim had been a major driving force as a founder member of the Barry Branch of the Merchant Navy Association and it’s Welsh body. He passionately believed that all those who risked life and limb by going to sea and keeping essential supply channels open to Britain and its allies deserved much greater recognition.

    Jim was descended from James and Mary Greenway, of Kinsale, Southern Ireland, parents of Thomas and James. His grandfather Thomas, lost his life in World War I when the ship he was serving on was torpedoed. His great uncle James suffered the same fate in World War II.

    Like many Kinsale and Irish people his father James Joseph Greenway left Ireland in the early 1930’s and joined the Merchant Navy settling in Barry. In 1932, he married Elizabeth Daisy Trewicks a Barry girl and the family lived at Fryatt Street, Jim was raised with his two sisters, Joyce and Maureen. They have fond memories of growing up with their big brother always looking out for them and making sure that they were OK.

    Jim’s father, James Joseph Greenway was lost at sea in 1938 when Jim was aged only five and a half. Following his father’s death at sea, which he found out about when he was asked to read from a newspaper by an elderly woman in the town, he was told that he would have to be the man of the house, at that very tender age although his mother subsequently married Len Arnold. Len and Elizabeth had two more boys together. Leonard (Deceased) and Paul.

    A young Jim Greenway attended St. Helen’s the town’s Roman Catholic Schools and was interested in going to nautical college in Cardiff after that but, he was unable to afford the fees or the uniform. Undeterred, he managed to go to sea by joining the Merchant Navy. He started off at ‘Sea School’ at Sharpness where he was taught the basics and subsequently did lifeboat and catering courses, excelling in the latter. As a rating, his first ship was a Canadian cargo ship, the ‘Gatineau Park’ in 1948. It sailed from Barry to Liverpool where it picked up a local cargo and went up the Manchester Canal to Salford and after that crossed the Atlantic to ports in Canada and the USA.

    Over the following years, Jim was to travel all over the world on marathon voyages - one as long as nine months – which took him through the Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal, to Aden, Singapore and Communist China and countless ports in between. Among many
    recollections was seeing a woman unloading heavy pit props from a ship in Turkey and the endless rows of white crosses dotted along the hills of the Black Sea route to Russia. He also spoke of the Commonwealth War Grave Commissions’ cemetries, which he recalled were the graves of some of the millions of young lives tragically lost during the Great War. He was always deeply saddened recalling the sheer numbers of young men who gave their lives during that conflict.

    Some time during a voyage, he stopped off at Cobh, in Southern Ireland and attempted to phone his father’s cousin Gussie Greenway in Kinsale, but was not succesful.

    When Jim was in Ireland in 2006 he said that: “It was only eight years before, that he had first visited the town of his fathers birth after more than half a century after being so close that day at Cobh”. Yet his first impression he recalled was like “coming home at last”.

    Recurring stomach trouble and doctor’s advice forced him to leave the Merchant Navy, after which he worked for BP Distillers for 25 years as a polymerisation (PVC) technician. He had also been involved during his time with BP, as a works convenor for the Transport and General Workers’ Union, a memory of which was actually holding a picket inside the gates of a factory. Jim was pleased that they never had to strike and they had secure pensions. He opted for early retirement in 1983. Jim was also a candidate for Labour in a local election.

    Thankfully, he survived his days in peace time as a seaman and until now was the chairman of the Merchant Navy Association (Wales), Barry Branch. Jim played a major role in forging maritime links of friendship and fraternity and highlighting the role played by both Welsh and Irish men in the Merchant Navy, especially during both world wars..

    In 2000, as secretary of the Barry MNA Branch, he presented his Grandfather’s war medals at a reception in the Kinsale Regional Museum.

    Jim was pleased that the branch a few years ago received the honour of the Freedom of the County Borough of the Vale of Glamorgan in Barry.

    A major achievement of which Jim and his colleagues were very proud of was the signing of the Friendship Pacts between Kinsale Harbour Board and the Barry Branch of the Merchant Navy Association. This took place in May 1999 in Kinsale after which he laid a wreath in remembrance of all Seafarers who lost their lives at sea.

    The second leg of the Friendship Pact was signed at the Sea view Labour Club in Barry on September 29, 2001. A similar pact of friendship was sign between Barry and Kinsale Councils a few years ago.

    Jim had lived a full life with many interests, as a youth he enjoyed cycling - the cycle club met at “Jocks” they cycled all over Wales. Voyages allowed time to enjoy reading and discover music from other countries, other local interests included Harbour United Football Club and the Labour party, locally the groups executive met at the Sea View Labour Club, Dock view Road at what they called 10 Downing, an enthusiastic stamp collector, previous keeper of tropical fish and in his time enjoyed both darts and Skittles, He enjoyed the rugby and for Wales to win, he was a little torn when they played the Irish.

    Information compiled by the Merchant Navy Association (Wales) Barry branch

    The funeral took place on Tuesday April 12, the coffin was draped with a red ensign the flag of the Merchant Navy. The funeral car left from the family home in Fryatt Street, stopping briefly at the Merchant Navy monument, the Red ensign fluttered though at half mast at the Vale of Glamorgan County Council building. The funeral home service was well attended. Later as the coffin was taken to the crematorium, the car passed the half mast Barry Town Council flag outside the Council offices and stopped briefly near the Memorial Hall Cenotaph, which also flew the half mast Red Ensign. Merchant Navy, British legion and RAF Association standards were present through out. The Royal British Legion ensured a good send off together with other local groups. The family flowers were taken the next day to Merthyr Dyfan and placed on several Merchant Naval graves.
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    Only posting here, 2nd of September will see a Merchant Navy tribute at the MN Monument, this is in front of the Vale Council building, Barry Dock. This will be a 20 years of the branch that dad was Chairman of. It occurs the day before Merchant Navy day - September 3rd. I would hope that the town remembers and family may attend as a final farwell to Jim. He, tried to remember the others and the branch did well in that. Still seeking closure myself for dad and many more. I will be there, would love to meet you all at the same time / event. It is not about dad but those that were lost. To me he is. K.
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    Jim / Dad

    Crossed the Bar 12 months ago.

    Chairman Merchant Navy Association (Wales) Barry branch.

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    1 hour, became 1 day, slowly became 1 month....
    1 month turned into 2, then into 3.
    Now 1 year..... 365 days, yet it's still as hard now, as it was that very first hour.
    I still talk to you every day, though not on the phone or at home, like before.
    But with inner-voice, sometimes through tears, sometimes through anger, but always missing you, still needing my father. No matter what age I might get to, this, I know will always be the case.

    1 will become 10.... and although some things will change, this will not and it will be no easier then than it is today, not having you here

    Life goes on, that saying is true, but it's also true that it's shiv.

    What I would give for 1 more hour, 1 more day.... 1 more year.

    K.
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    All members of the Merchant Navy Association (Wales) Barry branch,

    toast a former chairman, friend and seafarer'.

    "ABSENT Friend's"
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