Where do you
start when it comes down to describing Paul? For a start, he
was the last Chops M of the first part of my career. I
joined CORNWALL out in Singers all ready for the best bits
of NTG 2000 only to be told I’d be going on draft to PO(M)s
course as soon as we got back to Guz. Paul was the Chops,
Steve was the PO(M) and what a pair they made. They were
magnetism in human form, i.e. one was North& the other was
South, completely opposite ends of the spectrum. To say they
didn’t get on was an understatement, but that’s their story,
Paul was a
vibrant Chief, he loved success and didn’t care how the job
was done so long as it was done well and looked good; he had
an eye for the panache. He did things his way and sometimes
when the rule book got in the way then the rule book got
ignored. It was his way or no way, simple as that.
On the social
side I enjoyed many runs ashore with Paul throughout that
trip, if the rule book said “keep a certain distance from
your Killicks” then that piece of etiquette was dealt a
swift ignoring as far as he was concerned. The combination
of Tommy Cooper, Jan Cocking, myself and Paul was a dead
cert for a quality run. So many fond memories…….
Paul had my back, worked me hard, defended my judgement
during the odd altercation, and to an extent – confided in
me (I was just a Killick with attitude at the time). I
remember once, we shared a Bollard and he seemed a bit
distant, I asked him what the matter was and he opened his
mouth and spoke. He spoke and spoke and spoke, it was about
the domino effect that happens when you’re the Depco and
just when you think you have a bullet-proof plan, something
outside your control happens and it all falls down before
your eyes. It’s the same lament every Depco has but it was
the fact he chose a “damn JR” to pour his soul out to, it
meant a lot. The amount of times I thought about that chat
on that Bollard on that fantastic 22 in later years when I
was the Depco on my own ship….
Paul Edis was a
great Chops M, a great boss but above all, a great friend.
His loss is too early and an absolute heart-breaking thing
to witness. There are no positives about losing him but I’m
glad he and hisPO(M) forgot about the bullshit and were
tighter than tight at the end.
forget him. Selfishly, I’ll remember the fun we had. There’s
a pub somewhere in Hawaii still waiting for us to clear our
Rest easy Paul.