Mr. Bryan William McCarthy (AMIFPO, TMIFS)

13th November 1937 to 18th April 1999

Born and raised in Hull, Yorkshire Bryan spent his childhood fishing, playing football and idolising Raich Carter.

He played in the championship winning Hull City Youth Football Club.

He left home at 15 and enrolled at an agricultural college,  graduated in 1957 gaining a Victor Delorum.

Bryan promptly enlisted in the R.A.F. serving his country for 12 years mainly as a Fireman and then as a supply technician during many areas of conflict.

In 1960 he was seconded to NATO. In 1968 he received an AOC's Commendation and was mentioned in the Queen's Honours List.

Bryan McCarthy aka Macca or The Silver Fox or The Fonz
Bryan during his days in the RAF

Bryan William McCarthy 13/11/1937 - 18/4/1999
..and tonight Matthew, I'm going to be
.........................................DES LYNAM!!

He continued to excel in sporting activities during his time in the R.A.F. becoming the Battalion boxing champion, a track and field athlete, keen footballer and a class 3 football referee.

After leaving the R.A.F he got a job at Associated Dairies - Leeds. He was sent to Accrington for a year.

He left in 1972 and formed his own company,  at which time he also became a co-founder of the Accrington Boxing Club.

From 1976-1980 Bryan designed and installed contracts up to 157K.
In 1978 he invented and manufactured the stand alone fire alarm.

In the early 1980's Bryan was approached by the MoD to design a robust Weatherproof Fire Alarm. Both these products have been used and installed throughout the world, the 'Master' was used by British Forces in the Falklands and Gulf Wars and also in the Arctic and Bosnia.

In the 1990's Bryan designed, patented and manufactured the ID Addressable Fire Alarm, a revolutionary product design for the smaller premises which allowed installers to utilize existing cable.

He also gave free consultancies in his specialised field, often fighting on behalf of a customer against petty bureaucrats.

He was a diabetic for 20 years, but kept himself fit by weight training and jogging, he suffered a blood clot to the heart whilst running the line during a youth football match, he was admitted to Blackburn Royal Infirmary but unexpectedly died from an infection on 18th April.

Once met, never forgotten, Bryan was a loving husband, father, grand-father,
brother to millions and our best mate - RIP Fonzie!.


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