Dedicated Dougie’s life of working to help other people

Dougie Mole during his days as station mechanic in Seahouses.
Dougie Mole during his days as station mechanic in Seahouses.

A Seahouses man who spent his life trying to help others on land and sea has died at the age of 86.

Dougie Mole, who worked for both the Seahouses lifeboat crew for a number of years and as harbourmaster in the village, passed away last month in Spain, surrounded by his family.

Born at Beanley in 1926, where his father was a shepherd, Dougie later moved to Swinhoe and went to school in Beadnell.

He left at the age of 14 and worked on the land for around 20 years before moving to Seahouses in the early 1960s and starting his lifelong relationship with the sea.

He worked on a fishing vessel named Girl Dorothy under skipper Freddie Walker.

Around this time, he got involved with Seahouses RNLI and later became the full-time station mechanic, the very role that his son Kevin now has at Tynemouth.

Dougie then suffered a stroke, which meant that he was no longer allowed to go to sea, although he remained as coast staff, and later took on the job of harbourmaster.

Reflecting his spirit for volunteering and helping people, he was also a retained firefighter in the village.

Kevin said: “He was one of those people who loved helping people. It was amazing how he could change hats between the two.

“He was always happy to drop what he was doing and help other people.

“My dad’s philosophy was that if you can’t go do someone a good turn, don’t do them a bad turn, and that’s stuck with me.”

In retirement, Dougie lived for the winter months in Spain, while still spending summer in Seahouses.

He was a husband to Norma, father to Margaret, Stuart and Kevin, stepfather to Earle and Karen and both a grandfather and great-grandfather.