John F Groat1924 - 1998 (74 years)
Name John F Groat Born 1924 Gender Male Died Aug 1998 Longhope, Orkney Person ID I5516 My Relatives Last Modified 22 Jan 2019
Father John Malcolm Flett Groat, b. 1886, Walls & Flotta, Orkney Relationship natural Mother Isabella Sinclair Robb, b. 18 Sep 1895, d. 1971, Walls & Flotta, Orkney (Age 75 years) Relationship natural Family ID F1199 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- MBE JP DL
President Longhope Branch RNLI wrote foreword for
"Hoy - the Enchanted Isle" by John Bremner 1965 published 1997
Scotsman, 17th August 1998
John, Jackie Groat, who was Britains longest-serving lifeboat honorary secretary in recent times, has died aged 74. He had filled the volunteer position at Longhope, Isle of Hoy, Orkney, for almost 33 years.
Mr Groat spent his adult career as postmaster of Longhope, on the shores of the Pentland Firth, and he helped his brother James manage the familys general merchants business in the Orkney villages Anchorfast Buildings, which they inherited from their father, also John.
As a young man, he served with the RAF Bomber Command and one of his raids over enemy territory saw him on board a Lancaster which bombed Peenemunde, an island in the Baltic Sea, where the Nazis V-1 Doodlebug flying bomb rockets and V-2 ballistic missiles were tested.
After the war, he returned to his native island to work in the family business, and in 1962 took over as the honorary secretary of the busy local lifeboat station, covering the treacherous tidal waters of the Pentland Firth.
In March 1969 Mr Groat was widely commended for his calm handling of the press after tragedy struck the community, when the Longhope Lifeboat TGB capsized, with the loss of all eight volunteer crewmen as it went to the aid of a stricken vessel.
Another crew of volunteers quickly came forward, and Mr Groat became affectionately known by them as Faither for his father figure roll in handling all the administrative work involving the branch.
The Depute Lieutenant of the County of Orkney and a Justice of the Peace, he was made an MBE for his long services to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Mr Groat, who was predeceased by his wife Edna more than two decades ago and had no family, was a direct descendant of Jan de Groot, the Dutchman, who gave his name to John o Groats after being sent there by King James IV to establish the first regular Orkney Ferry Service in the late 15th century.
The island GP, Dr Tony Tricket , who succeeded Mr Groat in the lifeboat post, paid a warm tribute to his predecessor. He said: He was a man of distinction and honour, the ideal role model for young islanders to look up to. He was a man who lived and breathed the lifeboats and was very active in community affairs here.
Mr Groat had been actively working in the Post Office right up until his death.
- MBE JP DL