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Mike Highwood

31 July 2018   (0 Comments)
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It is with great regret that we report the death of Mike Highwood at the age of 83

Mike was educated at Sale Grammar School and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and served in a number of surface ships before joining the Submarine Service.

On leaving the RN in 1965 he went into industry, specialising in personnel management, moving around as his career progressed and eventually becoming Director of Personnel for Exide Batteries.

Throughout his career he maintained the enduring love of sailing, navigation and small craft which he had developed during his time in the Service.  He was an active member of the RNSA and a number of sailing clubs, enjoying both racing and cruising, and only selling his beloved boat ’Tokenkay’, recently referred to as his ‘garden shed’, shortly before his death.  She was named as a reminder of the very happy times he spent as a submariner in HMS/M TOKEN.

Having eventually settled in Hampshire, he joined the Institute in 1996, becoming a Fellow in 1999 and being elected an Honorary Fellow in 2015.

Mike took an active role in the Solent Branch, becoming Branch Secretary shortly after joining; a post he retained until last year.  A most hard-working and enthusiastic volunteer, he strove to widen the scope of the Branch to include all aspects of navigation, attracting members with a wide spectrum of interest. He formed active links to many other professional bodies with related interests, particularly the Nautical Institute, the Hydrographic Society and Warsash Maritime Academy, with all of whom many joint meetings are held.

He was also very keen to involve young people, establishing strong links with the local University Royal Naval Units and the Sea Cadets, and ensuring that RIN was well represented at STEM events in the area.

It is largely due to Mike’s drive and initiative that the Solent Branch has become the largest and most active in the Institute. He was also a serious contributor to the work of the Branches Committee and the Small Craft Group.  In 2002, in recognition of his efforts, he was awarded the JED Williams Silver Medal.  He will be much missed and well-remembered.

After a short battle with cancer, Mike died on 27 July, just eleven days after his 83rd birthday.  We pass our condolences to his wife, Chris, and his family.

Funeral arrangements are below.

Michael Arthur Highwood        16 July 1935  –  27 July 2018


Funeral arrangements

Mike Highwood’s funeral will be held at 1115 on Tuesday 21st August at Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornaway Lane, Fareham, PO12 8NE and afterwards at Hornet Services Sailing Club, Haslar Rd, Gosport, PO16 2AQ.

Family flowers only, donations to RNLI may be made on the day, or may be sent to the Funeral Directors: Churcher & Tribbeck, 3 Stoke Rd., Gosport, PO16 1LT. Cheques should be made payable to RNLI and endorsed on the back ‘in memory of Mike Highwood’. Gift aid forms would be welcome.

If you would prefer to donate online, please use the following link: and put Michael Highwood into the search bar. Mike’s page will come up with his picture.

It would help simplify access to Hornet if you could let me know if you will be attending. I will then supply the club with a list a of names for use on the gate. This will not exclude those who decide at the last minute.



Richard Yeomans

31 July 2018