TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘magnetic, dedicated and driven’ naval officer from Rowlands Castle who lost his fight against cancer.
Family, friends and colleagues gathered at Portsmouth Cathedral to celebrate the life of Commodore Andrew Cameron yesterday.
He was a magnetic leader that had a smile for everybodyCaptain Mike Nixon
The charismatic naval leader died last month following a lengthy fight against cancer.
But despite his struggle, friends described how the caring dad of two refused to give in and remained cheerful in the face of adversity.
Retired captain and close friend Mike Nixon said the 62-year-old’s death was a huge loss to all who knew him.
‘He was a magnetic leader who had a smile for everybody,’ he said.
‘Throughout his career he had massive reserves of steel and determination.
‘He was a hugely positive guy and led by example.’
Commodore Cameron started his naval career in September 1972 and quickly rose through the ranks.
He served during the Falklands Conflict and in 2006 rose to the rank of Commodore Portsmouth Flotilla, holding this until September 2008.
After retiring from naval service, he turned his attention to charity.
In 2011 he became the chief executive of armed forces charity Combat Stress and played a crucial role in helping hundreds of servicemen overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder.
It was during this time he fell ill – but in spite of this he remained committed to supporting other veterans.
Paying tribute, Lieutenant Commander Peter Poole, chief of staff, said: ‘He was invariably thoughtful, considerate and patient, and never too busy to spend time discussing ideas and initiatives with all those he encountered.’
After leaving Combat Stress he became a director at NHS Solent Trust.
Commodore Cameron leaves his wife Anne, children Alexander and Kathryn.