State funeral for Sunderland-born Caribbean police chief

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A FORMER Wearside engineering apprentice who became a top police chief in the Bahamas has been honoured with a state funeral in his adopted homeland.

Stanley Moir grew up in Pallion, Sunderland, before moving overseas, where he became senior assistant commissioner in the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

The “loyal and respected public servant” died in hospital on March 8 from complications after a bout of pneumonia, aged 89.

On Friday, he was laid to rest at an official state funeral with full honours at Christ Church Cathedral, in Nassau.

Paying tribute to his father, his son Richard said: “He was a rare breed and an old-fashioned police officer.

“He was well respected as a role model and mentor.”

The youngest of five children, three of whom became police officers, Mr Moir served in the police reserves during the Second World War while completing an apprenticeship in marine electrical engineering on Wearside.

In the 1950s, he joined the British colonial police service, moving to Bermuda and the Bahamas, and rose quickly through the ranks.

“He attained the highest rank and was one of the few remaining colonial police officers,” said Richard.

After retiring from the force, he began a second career with Barclays Bank, working in security and facilities management, as well as completing carpentry, decorating and electrical projects at home.

“My father attended a local school in Sunderland and started an apprenticeship in electrical engineering at the forge nearby,” said Richard.

“During the war, he was also a police reservist and subsequently, like his two elder brothers, joined the police service .

“One brother, Richard, was in the Shanghai Municipal Police and Chris joined the Met.

“My father was recruited into the colonial police service .

“His first posting was Bermuda, where he married and I was born in 1955.

“He transferred to the Bahamas police in 1956 where he remained.”

Mr Moir is survived by his wife Doreen, sons Richard and James, and grandchildren Skye, Iona and Jimmy.

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