Falklands : Reverend Andrew Jolly dies Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 30.09.2010 (Article Archived on 14.10.2010)
The Reverend Andrew Jolly, who served two stints as Armed Forces Chaplain in the Falkland Islands, has died at the age of 54.
Reverend Andrew Jolly dies
By J. Brock (FINN)
The Reverend Andrew Jolly, who served two stints as Armed Forces Chaplain in the Falkland Islands, has died at the age of 54.His first tour of duty was in 1987 when his venue was the church at the Canache, which was part of RAF Stanley.During his tour of duty he became popular with both the Military and Civilian communities while preaching at both the Cathedral and the Tabernacle Free Church.He conducted joint Bible studies and made himself available to help raise money for charities and for one to one time for anyone who needed it.
During a second short tour he hiked around the abandoned buildings at the Canache and found communion rails that belonged to the RAF Stanley Church.He had them refurbished and installed at St. Cuthbert’s at Mount Pleasant Complex.
Since leaving the RAF, the Reverend Andrew Jolly took up a post as chaplain for the UK's oil and gas industry.
Andrew Jolly conducted a special service in Aberdeen after the Super Puma crash which killed 16 men in April 2009 and also prayers on the first anniversary of the tragedy.
The Aberdeen Oil Industry Chaplaincy Trust expressed sadness at his death.
An Aberdeen-born married father-of-two, Andrew Jolly took up the offshore post in 2006 after many years as an Army and RAF chaplain, where he saw service in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Northern Ireland and the Falkland Islands.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Andrew Jolly will be greatly missed. We hope that the high regard in which Andrew was held across the community will be of comfort to his friends and family at this sad time."
The chairman and trustees of the Aberdeen Oil Industry Chaplaincy Trust said in a statement: "His deep respect for and passionate commitment to his unique ministry were apparent to all.
A man of deep faith, he is remembered for both his wisdom and counsel”
Reverend John ChristieModerator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
"A man of great energy and focus, Andrew quickly became a familiar and trusted face both on and offshore, and worked tirelessly to consolidate and strengthen the chaplaincy as an integral part of the industry.
"As a former military chaplain, Andrew was well accustomed to the pastoral needs of people working in tough environments.
"He was a frequent visitor to the offshore oil and gas installations, which he considered to be his role's core and where he would often spend several days at a time with the crew."
The statement added: "Andrew became the accepted focus for industry grief in the aftermath of serious incidents, providing chaplaincy support for the bereaved families, friends and work colleagues, as well as conducting memorial services both onshore and offshore.
"But he was also there for the industry in happier times. His direct manner and willing, 'can-do' approach ensured his popularity across the industry."
The Reverend John Christie, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: "A man of deep faith, he is remembered for both his wisdom and counsel.
"His customary modesty was reflected in the way he responded to news that he was to be awarded the MBE. He saw it as recognising the valuable work the chaplaincy service did and a tribute to those who had perished while he was chaplain.
"Our prayers and thoughts are with all his family at this time as well as those with whom he worked."
A service of thanksgiving will be held at the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting in Aberdeen at 1430 BST on Saturday, after a private funeral.
The chaplain who led memorials in the aftermath of the North Sea helicopter disaster last year has died after a long battle against cancer.