A fireman never dies but slowly ……………..

Fireman Sam4I sadly learned recently an old colleague of mine named Jim O’Halloron  had passed away. I first met Jim when I joined the County Borough of West Ham Fire Brigade in 1964. Jim like myself was a firefighter throughout his life and probably one of the funniest people I ever met. In 1965 when the Greater London Council (GLC) was created, West Ham Fire Brigade was absorbed into the new Greater London Fire Brigade (LFB) where we remained for the remainder of our long careers.

Jim was a very likeable person and always quick witted with something of a sardonic outlook on life, but his observations would always bring everyone in a room close to tears with laughter.

One of Jim’s ambitions was to write a book at some time in the future of his fire brigade experiences, and this he finally achieved after retirement with his hilarious book “Arson Around” which took a somewhat irreverent look at life in the fire service.

Jim was a life long supporter of West Ham Football Club, so much so, that as can be seen from the picture below, he even had his coffin painted in their colours. As also can been seen, Jim was so highly regarded, he was given a fitting  and very appropriate send-off.

I shall miss Jim and this article is a small personal tribute to a wonderful man.

Jim Funeral

3 Responses

  1. dear mick I am jim ohallorans daughter and was told about this blog by my dads mate Robert burns it is a lovely tribute to my dad jim who was still up until the day he died a truly funny man and as you say a wonderful man although he would say are you taking the piss if he is looking down on us so thanks on behalf of my mum joan and I for your wonderful tribute best wishes Corinne and joan xx

  2. Hello Joan,

    Thank you very much for your comment. I thought this small tribute was the least I could do for someone I knew so well and was so well liked throughout not only West Ham Fire Brigade, but also the London Fire Brigade which succeeded it.

    My regards to yourself and your family.

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