In Loving Memory of

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Firefighter Paul Balch (Balchy)





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Roald Macaskill

My thoughts are with the family and friends of Balchy. Despite having only met him a handful of times through work, he always smiled, he was always positive, and he always treated me the same as any other colleague he had served with for many years. Unconditional love from a much loved man. …


Kirstie Carlton-Blake

Where do you start when trying to describe Balchy?  He was definitely one in a million, always always smiling and would often come up and say hi and ask how I was, and we’d inevitably have a laugh! His spirit shone through whenever you saw him, and it will keep shining bright forever. Love …


Dave Amiet

Paul Balch – Balchy The Legend Following our first meeting through ESFRS Football team I knew you were a special talented person. Your talent and skills on the pitch motivated everyone. I will always remember you taking the final pen which you lifted into the top corner and knocked out Favourites London. I also …


Garry Alexander

Balchy was one in a million. A friendly, genuine, caring and very mischievous colleague who is sorely missed by everyone that knew him. We met through work when i was at Bexhill and we have crossed paths professionally until we were finally working together on Green Watch @ Bohemia Rd (it was fate). As …


Craig Williams

Balchy was the ray of sunshine in the room when ever he walked in, always smiling. Condolences to all he family such a great loss of a truly great man. RIP Balchy sleep well x …


Max Gilbert

What can I say about this great man, first met him at secondary school then again when he joined the fire service. Superfit excellent sportsman and would do anything for anybody, he met you with a smile and a handshake and always made sure he said goodbye. His taste in music whilst in the …


Tony Giles

My sincere condolences to his lovely family. So many memories from the golf course, football pitch, fire station, building site, running (inevitably a long way behind him!) Going to miss his constant smile & helping hand. Rest easy pal you’ll live on in our hearts x  …


Scott Saunders

Balchy- What an amazing bloke. I only met you a few times and I have to say that it was an absolute pleasure. Rest easy, matey.   Scotty …


Mark Webb

I loved working with Balchy on Red Watch at The Ridge. Paul was always smiling and was an absolute pleasure to be around. More recently, we would often chat in the drill yard and talk about work and family. Paul is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and I’m proud to have …


Pup Upton

My sincere condolences to Pauls family and friends.  Paul was a first class firefighter, a true professional and ‘top bloke’ and a pleasure to have known and worked with. Rest easy brother! …


Ben Pennington

You always had a smile, a laugh and a helping hand to offer. The legend of Balchy will live on in our hearts and minds and in your beautiful family.  Rest easy Paul x …


Anne Goldstone

What I remember about Balchy is that he was always smiling and happy to see you , he was always checking you were ok on the fire ground and happy to help you. It is such a loss to all who knew him and he will be missed dearly by all xx …


Darran Sampson

I must be one of the very few that was never lucky enough to meet you Paul….but I sure of knew of Balchy. That is because so many many people have always had kind words to say about you. And that says a lot about the amazing person you were. Rest in peace Paul. …


Nici Marcroft

Whenever I saw Paul I remember he always had a big smile and such a friendly face.  He would make you feel at ease and welcome. RIP Paul, your memory will live on by those who had the pleasure to know you xx …


alex probyn

I did not know Paul well but a testament to the man himself and his family that so many kind messages have been received for him, I would just like to add that the few times I did meet him I was in awe of his friendly, softly spoken, smiley personality and nature. RIP …


Paul Markwick

Balchy.  Such a fantastic character, friend and firefighter.  Always a great guy to catch up with and positive about everything.   Will be sorely missed.  Sleep well pal.   …


John Owen

One of the best guys to be around when the going got tough, Going to miss that infectious smile, wicked sense of humour and raucous laugh, thanks my friend for 35 years of friendship, taken far to soon 💖 love to Sharon and the family  …


Paul Evans

I worked with Paul at Red Watch the Ridge for quite a few years, he was one of the best and always had a good thing to say about everyone. He was a great Fire Fighter and was always the first to help others, and he loved Sharon and his children with all his …


Matt Harrison

A real loss to not only Hastings and ESFRS but to eveyone who knew him.  I had the pleasure of working with him and also playing football with the legend and I never saw him without that contagious smile. What a guy and one who will be sorely missed by all. Rest easy matey …


Duncan Holloway

Balchy was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Always met you with a smile and never had a bad word to say about anyone. A force to be reckoned with at whatever sport he fancied taking up and a great firefighter, he will be missed. Sleep well Balchy. …


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