Sylvia Morant : Sales & Marketing
Sadly Sylvia passed away on Friday 11th January 2019 in Crawley Hospital. My sincere condolences go out to her family, friends and former colleagues at this difficult time. Sylvia, who worked for many years in BCal's Sales & Marketing team, originally started with Caledonian as their uniformed receptionist. 

Sylvia went in to hospital in November for a hip replacement, and all was going well, but she suffered a stroke and sadly succumbed to the effects of that I understand. Though not on pc, Sylvia was always interested in the news and was one of a few who had the newsletter by post each month. Sylvia is remembered well by friend Ria McNicholas.

Service details

Sylvia's service was held on Monday 4th February at St Margarets’ Church, Ifield, Crawley, followed by a committal at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium. Afterwards a wake was held at Heathy Farm Pub directly opposite the crematorium to remember Sylvia

From Gary Morant
I am Sylvia's son Gary, and on behalf of my sister Jill and the rest of our families, I would like to thank each and everyone of you who has taken the time to write a personal tribute to our Mum. 

"She absolutely adored her time at British Caledonian Airways and she was immensely proud to have been known as a 'Caledonian Girl'.  Your kind words and tributes have filled me with immense pride and comfort.  She will be sadly missed by us all and may she now rest in peace.  Thank you, Gary"

Sylvia Remembered

From Richard Heywood
Sylvia was the first person I ever met when I went for an interview with Caledonian at Sussex House in 1970. She was manning reception. A lovely lady, a true LADY! RIP

From Elizabeth English: So sorry,  I worked with Sylvia.. Rest In Peace

From Nick Washington-Jones
Very sad news. Seems like only yesterday that I used to see and talk with Sylvia at BCAL. Wonderful person. My condolences to the families

From Sally Ann Beischer:  So sorry to hear about Sylvia, she was a lovely and beautiful friend.

From Trevor Warburton: I knew Sylvia very well....very sad and bloody depressing

From Roy Sexton
I worked with Sylvia when I joined Caledonian in Sussex House June 1969. A great lady and a friendly welcoming impression of what that great airline was all about. RIP

From Bryan Reburn: Sorry to hear about Sylvia. A lovely lady. RIP Sylvia

From John Stocker:
How sad to hear of a stalwart of Caledonian passing . Like a lot of you I knew Sylvia on & off through the years, also met up with her later in our retirement days. RIP.

From Audrey E. Bateman
So sad to hear about Sylvia. I worked with her in A & P for a number of years. A really lovely lady with a great sense of humour. RIP Sylvia.

From David R Holder
Oh dear what sad news, like Roy, when I joined Caledonian in 67 Sylvia was there at the front desk in Sussex House, she had such a warm and friendly welcome then and always did! She was a lovely lady that had The Caledonian spirit as the family RIP Sylvia

From Sally Simmonds: Very sorry to hear. Sad news indeed.

From David Williams
Oh no!! Remember Sylvia keeping me a meal or two when we worked together at Gatwick (terrapin) serving director’s lunches Great memories. Loved this lady RIP

From Simon Rickard: I worked with Sylvia when I was on A&P. She will be missed by a lot of people. RIP

From Roger Phillips: Very sad news about Sylvia - she was always fun to work with and very competent too. RIP Lovely Lady x

From Danny Sheehan: RIP

From Susie Douglas-Smith:  My thoughts go out to her family

From Vivian Izzard:
Sylvia was an extremely popular lady, she was the first person I and many others met in the Caledonian days at Sussex House as she was on the reception desk. She leaves a son Gary, daughter Jill and their families.

From Jeff Youtan
So sad to learn that Sylvia is no longer with us.  A true B.Cal stalwart who always had a smile and kind word for everyone. RiP.

From Erika Browning
Very shocked to learn of the death of Sylvia, I will remember her as a very helpful and lovely lady. Deepest sympathy to her family.

From Chris Gilbert
Sylvia was the first and memorable 'Caledonian Girl' I met when arriving at Sussex House, Crawley for my interview to join Caledonian Airways in 1969. Sylvia was the face of the airline in those days. Subsequently we worked together in 'Terrapin One' at Gatwick when Ian Ritchie was the senior director in that building and after that when we both worked in the Advertising and Publicity Dept. for the airline.
Sylvia would light up every room she entered with her brilliant personality and smile. A truly lovely lady who for me represented everything good about the company. I will never forget her. May she rest in peace.

From Rohan Alce
I also remember first meeting Sylvia as receptionist at Sussex House. Always cheerful, always a smile for everyone. Very much epitomising the Caledonian spirit. I have seen her over the past few years at various reunions, still happy, smiling, and looking no older than she did in 1966!! RIP Sylvia. A lovely lady.

From Angela Williams (Kelley)
What a lovely lady she was! Sylvia looked after us secretaries in Terrapin One so well, always sneaking us bits of leftover directors' lunches! She was particularly kind to me during a difficult time in 1973. So tragic, rest in peace Sylvia.

From Mike Booth
The passing of such a lovely, funny, loving and adorable lady is truly a loss, a great character leaves the stage. Rest in peace Sylvie.

From Pauline Richards
I was saddened to hear the news of Sylvia’s passing. I worked with Sylvia in the Advertising and Publicity Dept in the 70s and early 80s. She was such a lovely, warm and very elegant lady. May she rest in peace.

If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime at

Condolences were also extended by:
Dave Thaxter, Jim Williams, Hugh Cowan, Linda Daley, Caron Phillips, Tricia Riley, Lesley Peacock, Mike Hawkey, Douglas Holland, Frank Skilbeck, Jenny Thomas, Simon Day, Julie Nuttall, Ian Jones, Christine Jegu, Fran Cox, Valerie Edwards, Pat Cresswell, Alan Reeves, Richard Friend, Kris Massie, David John Mercer, Bill Familton

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