Jeff Pape

Jeff Pape

Jeff Pape Jeff Pape 1929-2012

It is with great sadness that Jeff Pape has passed away. Jeff was our longest serving member and one of the founding members of our club and will be dearly missed.

Jeff was a member of Teesside 43 Branch from 1958 until 2012. After leaving the Navy, Jeff read of the exploits of Jacques Cousteau, he saw the early black and white films of diving, he found one or two others who were wanting to try this new sport from then he was hooked. Jeff joined the club and initially, made most of his own gear.

He became one of our first Diving officers in 1961 and continued through 62 and 63. He was also D.O. in 1968,1973 and 1978.

He was a man of great ability, with boats, having made his own boat, he knew engines inside out, electrics and radios.

Jeff was the man who members would say "go see Jeff". If you were having trouble with your gear and yes, he mostly sorted out those equipment problems.

He was involved with getting the club the first compressor and knew his way about the latest one that we now have.

Jeff was much travelled at home and abroad in his diving, he went to places where the only transport was by bus or even lifts by wagon and in the process, logged well over 3000 dives.

He was Bar Manager from 1997 to 2009 some 12 years, making all welcome both new members and many past members too.

He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Don Foster
Jeff Pape
Jeff Pape