It was with great sadness that the team at NI Travel News has learned of the passing of Bertie Graham.
Bertie, a stalwart of the travel industry and a great cruise fan, was much admired by all who knew and worked with him.
Sandra Corkin of Oasis Travel said: “Bertie was an extremely valued employee and worked right up to his retirement in December 2018. His passion was cruising and he took great pleasure from sharing his vast knowledge with customers and colleagues. I was always in awe at his memory for every detail on a ship and would listen as he described every area right down to the colours of the carpet.
“He took great care in his appearance and fitness and we would always giggle at his horrified expression when we tucked into sausage rolls and cakes at lunchtime whilst Bertie enjoyed his yoghurt and apple.
“Bertie enjoyed his holidays and in particular his regular visits to Gran Canaria.
“His attention to detail was second to none and I will always cherish his beautifully hand written and perfectly crafted letters and cards, written with a fountain pen of course!”
Nan Short said: “I was very sad to hear that Bertie had passed away. I first met Bertie when I represented P&O cruises. He was employed by McCalla in their City Centre branch. He was my No.1 for cruise sales. He was so funny and saw the funny side of everything. He talked about cruising all the time this was his baby.
“After leaving McCalla Bertie went on to work at Going Places, Clubworld Travel, and Oasis Travel.
“Bertie liked nothing more than cruising himself, I was lucky to join him on Fam trips. Firstly P&O, NCL, Celebrity, and Crystal. Everyone on the ship knew who Bertie was his drink was G&T he did not drink anything else.
“His home in Holywood was a palace and when invited for Dinner he looked after me as if we were on a cruise ship.
“Over the past few years he looked after his beloved Brother Cyril, who passed away in May. He was devoted to him. I will miss his phone calls, and am so sorry he has left us.”
The team at NI Travel News wish to extend out deepest sympathies to Bertie’s family and colleagues in the industry who we are sure miss him dearly.