Fireman William 'Bill' Herbert Odell Woolcock passed away on 12 January 1992 at the age of 60.
Bill was born in Newport on 1 June 1931 and as a child contracted tuberculosis which in the years to come, due to lung damage, was to prevent him from achieving his dream to be a Royal Air Force pilot.
He apprenticed to W. Bullock and Son., as a stonemason, bricklayer and thatcher but by then his passion for aviation had compelled him to volunteer for the wartime Observer Corps at the age of 14 in addition to being involved with the construction of PLUTO.
Post-war he joined the Isle of Wight County Fire Brigade in 1950, initially serving at Newport and then moving to Sandown in 1955. By then he had married Josephine Downer in 1953 and no doubt in part due to his wife's blindness he spent many years volunteering at the club of the I.W. Society for the Blind.
He and Josephine were to raise a happy family beginning with Carolyne in 1954, then Christopher in 1959 and Stephen in 1962. Two years later the family relocated to Shanklin where Bill began working for A.E. Carpenter and Sons., and again he transferred within the Brigade to serve at the town's fire station.