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Michael Dale Stephenson, born in Middlesbrough, son of Peter and the late Margaret – his birth weight 3lb 1oz!
From a tiny tot – to a larger than life character, always so focused in every aspect of life.
From school the Royal Marines Cadet training led him to become a Royal Marines Commando.
He joined the West Yorkshire Police and became Sergeant leading the Task Force and Armed Response Units, which included occasional Royal Protection.
Mike found his “dream post” as Sergeant in the Dorset Police Marine Section.
On retiring from the Police he joined the MCA (Maritime and Coastal Agency) eventually becoming Head of Resilience and briefly becoming Acting Assistant Chief Coastguard.
A born leader who loved sport and amateur dramatics too. On the stage his first love was comedy, but when called to play a straight role he also excelled with his lovely singing voice “He was great to play alongside”
As Royal Marine, Police Officer or on the stage he was a team player – who always knew his lines!!
The onset of ill health in November 2011 has seen the true courage and depth of the man.
An integral part of family life as a son, husband, brother, father and grandfather; he is survived by daughters Emma & Laura and grandchildren Bethany and Jack. He will be sadly missed.
“Gone too soon – a great 56 years”