Mick Anderson RIP – Tributes as requested – thanks for all the messages.

Mick Anderson

Mick Anderson

I was asked to put Mick Anderson’s tribute who passed away last year up on my Blog for those who missed it. Mick Anderson was an RAF helicopter wincheman and real character in Mountain Rescue.

Bob Danes (ex-Winchman RAF)

Such sad news about Mick. Nice words Heavy for a unique and special guy. I remember that he had taken himself off for a trog round the hills one weekend with Leuchars MR quite near by. He was easing himself in after the accident. We were in the area working with the MR when “Grumpy Mr Anderson” called us up for a lift to rejoin the Troops….. Funny how you can lose the signal up there sometimes!!!!! “Station calling SWB 22 Unreadable, say again” !!! We found him in the end though – spitting teeth!!! I hope that they have mountains and tobacconists in heaven bonnie lad. RIP MickHeavy,

Norman Pringle
Many thanks for a great write on my friend and colleague – He was a truly good guy and pioneered amongst many things the marrying up of ‘lashing tape and this new stuff ‘velcro’ to produce ‘frac straps’ – He was the guy who invented the ‘hi line’ – got the Safety Quippers to manufacture it and let them pick up the kudos – He was the mainstay in promoting Immediate and Emergency Care and introducing it to the SAR Winchman World – receiving a well-deserved MBE – A very modest and private person he lived for his time with the ‘troops on the hill’ – I was with him at Lyneham on Britannias then Bahrain on Wessex and then Leuchars on Whirlwinds sharing a house in St Andrews – I remember flying back to Leuchars late in the afternoon over the said house – observed that the one pair of curtains that we had a disappeared from my room so Mick must have had a new woman! I dashed back next morning after shift and still didn’t meet her! This guy was a founder member of the Kate’s Cocktail Bar Diners Club (KCBDC) St Andrews where we met once a month for a fantastic food night – yarning and drinking real beer.I dashed back next morning after shift and still didn’t meet her! This guy was a founder member of the Kate’s Cocktail Bar Diners Club (KCBDC) St Andrews where we met once a month for a fantastic food night – yarning and drinking real beer. I have very fond and happy memories since we met in 1966 a truly remarkable man. Rest in Peace my friend!
Regards Norman Pringle.

 

Pete Bertwhistle EX RAF MRT

Sorry to hear this sad news about Mick. What a great guy he was first meet Mick on my 18th birthday at Torridon when we did Beinn Eighe and Liathach in winter in the same day followed on later that night by a callout on Ben Cruachan.

Quotes – Rab Russell Leuchars MRT

“Aww Heavy, sad news indeed. A great intellectual character and friend in SAR and MRT worlds. Not seen him for a few years. Lived in St.Andrews when I met him last. I still remember Mick taking the lead in the severe winter 1977/78 when we all got stuck in Inverness for a week. The powers to be were happy to let us doss in polis cells TFN until Mick got onto Pitreavie. Rate 1s for a week, ya beauty. Bless Him. Rab.”

Johnnie Macleod RAF MR Leuchars and Kinloss

“Sad, sad news. What a loss. We used to call him “Grumpy Mick” because when he came out on weekends with Big L, he would complain about the un-friendly tuna we used to consume with much gusto. A perfect gentleman and a vast font of knowledge. Latterly used to bump into him in St Andrews. Great loss. RIP Mick.”

Al Coy – RAF helicopter pilot

“man is an air breathing warm blooded mammal” said Mick, every time we wanted him to do ‘wets’! RIP mate “

Donald Watt Lochaber MR Team Leader  “Very sad news, a character will remember him, did some eplcs rescues with him”

Davy Gunn – Glencoe MR

“Gutted by the news. Great guy”

Bill Skelson RAF Leuchars MR

“ I remember in Breamar Lodge one evening – Mick was doing The Times or Telegraph crossword – an avid crossworder – stood at the bar, I mentioned that I had nearly completed a quite hard crossword at work, but was stumped by the last clue “overworked postman”, he mulled this over for a minute or two, then asked ” how many letters?” “‘Kin millions” I replied – I thought he was going to chase me through the Larig, we did laugh!! He also rescued me several times from The Tay, in the Whirlwind, wet winching. Sleep well good buddy

Jim Rintoul USA – RAF MRT

Very sad news, Mick was great guy, we travelled to the Munich Beer Fest and a few other watering holes round Europe. He stopped here a few years ago on his bike trip up and down North and South Americas. My best memory of Mick was when we all went for beer and curry in Dundee on ‘nurses night’, one of the nurses was dancing on the table and lifted her skirt over her head, Mick was so stunned his pipe fell out of his mouth. Safe journey Mick

Frank MacKenzie RAF

Patrick Andrew Thirkell – RAF helicopters

“great bloke, great sense of humour,always happy, what a shame”

Dave Tomkins  – Turkey – RAF MR

“when I was recovering from my broken legs and Heavy’s dog Teallach was looking after me on Ben Dorian I was lateish back off the hill and Mick had a helicopter out in the area on exercise , he had to return to base low on fuel but insisted on coming back out just to make sure I was ok , all this was from just listening to the radio chatter no requests were made for assistance but Mick cared for the troop”

Richard Cox – RAF MR

“ Sad news indeed. Remember he came out to the Pyrenees with us. He wasn’t best pleased when me, Tommy and Julian Williams kept him awake half the night making noise with some students at a Mountain hut. He got his own back the following morning though. Lovely bloke and a gentleman. Might be able to help with a photo.”

“Sad news, a very patient man waited 3 years fir his Morgan, Will be missed”

Sue & Dave Both Canada – RAF MR Valley , Leuchars, Stafford

“Sad news, we have lost a great character who was as much a hill man as a winchie.”

Just Williams RAF MR

Very sad news indeed. I fondly remember that Pyrenees trip Richard Cox, we learned not to disturb Mick before he’d had his cup of coffee about 10.30 in the mornings! Echo all the above, a fount of knowledge and a true gentlemen. RIP.

Peter White – Canada – RAF MRT & Glencoe MR

Very sad news, true gentlemen, always respected, always respectful. Many would have got to those pearly gates before their time had it not been for Mick. “

Robert  Barker RAF MRT

“Sad news that prompted a wave of memories, and the car of course, the mighty Morgan. Sleep well Mick”

Bill Rose – Killin  MRT

“ He was a great friend to mountain rescue teams. If he could not do it. It could not be done MRT”

Ray Sefton RAF MR Team Leader – Very sad news. A robust character. A tremendous write up that says it all. I had fun with Mick in the great days of SAR helicopter flying. Always great flexibility from Mick and the crews. In the great blizzards of 1978 I had difficulty recovering the troops from Inverness as Mick had organised things so well.
On another occasion Mick and Geoff Day landed to meet us at Roybridge, complete with fishing kit having been picked up from the west coast after a week’s fishing.
I remember his Alps trips well. Mick (Mr Grumpy) would not give up the driver’s seat and drove for hours frightening us to death.”

Gordon Lawrie

So sorry to hear this. – My Dad and Mick always got on so well and there was something very ironic in the fact he was in the Wessex when it came down on Ben More that night.
Sad news indeed!Heavy,

Norman Pringle

Many thanks for a great write on my friend and colleague – He was a truly good guy and pioneered amongst many things the marrying up of ‘lashing tape and this new stuff ‘velcro’ to produce ‘frac straps’ – He was the guy who invented the ‘hi line’ – got the Safety Quippers to manufacture it and let them pick up the kudos – He was the mainstay in promoting Immediate and Emergency Care and introducing it to the SAR Winchman World – receiving a well deserved MBE – A very modest and private person he lived for his time with the ‘troops on the hill’ – I was with him at Lyneham on Britannias then Bahrain on Wessex and then Leuchars on Whirlwinds sharing a house in St Andrews – I remember flying back to Leuchars late in the afternoon over the said house – observed that the one pair of curtains that we had a disappeared from my room so Mick must have had a new woman! I dashed back next morning after shift and still didn’t meet her! This guy was a founder member of the Kate’s Cocktail Bar Diners Club (KCBDC) St Andrews where we met once a month for a fantastic food night – yarning and drinking real beer. I have very fond and happy memories since we met in 1966 a truly remarkable man. Rest in Peace my friend!
Regards Norman Pringle

 

Pete Kay RAF MR

Sad news Heav’s, good memories of Mick on the advanced first aid courses. Mick was a stalwart of SAR 134 on the Wessex.

Davy Gunn – A real gent and always friendly. Pulled of some truly heroic jobs. One in Deep Cut Chimmney when we couldnt get to the casualty for spindrift avalanches stranded us on the 2nd pitch and down Mick came to pluck off the guy who had a broken femur and so saved his life. Keeping that helo in the air in 80mph gusts, down drafts and Mick burling about like daft thing was scary to watch. I remember a few beers and him telling us about getting interogated for being a CND member. What a character. I also remember him under slinging 3 hinds for MacRae the keeper on a rescue at Achaladair as a wee favour.

Al Sylvester RAF MRT Teamleader.

Heavy, as well as being an incredible SAR crewman, Mick also was at the forefront of SAR Immediate and Emergency Care, ensuring that MRS was never left behind. I was
fortunate enough to be on one of the first IEC courses in the 80’s , Mick was the key to foundation of first aid that is still being so professionally delivered today. RiP Mick, you
will always be remembered.

Heavy’s obit tells you more about his remarkable time and special hero’s.

Bill Batson RAF MRT Team Leader

It was Mick who appeared at the end of the winch cable when my brother fell off Point 5. So good to see a friendly, professional face at a time of need. Great man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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