Young P.C. "Tim" Barry Burch


We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of our good friend and former colleague, "Tim" Barry Burch in Binbrook, Ontario, on 30th November 2018.  

We had heard that Tim passed away a few weeks ago but needed to confirm the sad news before officially publishing it.

Tim had served in the Berkshire Constabulary as a police cadet, and spent 3 years in the Royal Military Police prior to coming out to Bermuda as a young Police Constable in May 1962.  While here he met and married the love of his life,  Patricia, who was working as a nurse at King Edward Hospital.  They married here in March 1963. Their first daughter, Sally Ann, was born in Bermuda.  

Many of us will vividly remember Tim as one of the constables who was on duty outside BELCO on the morning of the BELCO riot on February 2nd 1965, when he and a group of unarmed police officers were attacked by the rioters,during which P.C. Ian Davies was very seriously injured.  Tim was one of the officers who protected Ian while he lay unconscious on the ground with a terrible head injury.

P.C. Ian Davies lying seriously injured on the ground outside BELCO being protected by
P.C. George Linnen (kneeling)  P.C. Andy Bermingham running to the
scene and P.C. Tim Burch standing to the right

At the end of his 3 year contract, Tim and Patricia returned to England for a while with Sally Ann, but they eventually decided to emigrate to Canada, where Tim became very successful  in the Insurance business.  Tim and Patricia had a second daugher, Joanne, and we understand that she is now serving in the Peele Regional Police and is married with two children -  a boy and a girl.  

I just spoke directly with Patricia and offered our sincere condolences to her and their two children and two grandchildren.

4th February 2019


9th February 2019

Editors note -  The Royal Gazette published an excellent article about Tim Burch in this morning's newspaper which you can view at

Young P.C. Tim Burch was present during one of the most traumatic events in Bermuda's history - the BELCO riot on 2nd February 1965 - and showed great courage in protecting fellow police officer, Ian Davies, as he lay seriously injured on the ground outside BELCO on that fateful day.  Tim was also seriously injured when he had his ear almost sliced off during the riot.



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#5 Terry Bawden 2019-02-14 11:23
I remember the day vividly and also the days leading up to Belco when I became involved outside the shop in the city, along with Harvey Fothergill and John Swift. Enough of me, please pass on my condolences to Tim's family. RIP.
#4 Keith Hatfield 2019-02-08 15:27
It was with great sadness that Nadine and I heard from "Paddy' that Tim had passed away last November. The last time we were all together was at Paddy and Tim's Home in 2008 when Nadine and i were in Canada.

Tim was always good company and and had a mischievous sense of humour. I remember him as a very conscientious 'copper' in both Bermuda and later in Thames Valley Police.

I knew him to be a dedicated and caring family man and I know that he will be sadly missed by them all.

It was nice to have been in his company.
#3 Jeff Baker 2019-02-08 03:06
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Tim Burch. A greater than life character. Tim Left the Police in Bermuda and Moved to Canada .I also moved to Canada, and in the middle 1990s I had the pleasure of meeting him on two occasions at Fraud and Arson seminars. Tim was the Senior Fraud and Fire Investigator with the Gore Insurance Company, and I was in the Detective Bureau with the Peel Regional Police . Once we established a common bond we obviously discussed our time and experiences in Bermuda, over a small beverage or two. But that is for another time. On hearing of Tim's passing, I made enquiries and spoke to Patricia, Tim's wife, and passed on the condolences of those who knew him in Bermuda. May he rest in peace.
#2 Terry 2019-02-06 15:35
I remember being there as a teenager during this incident.
I was with Arthur Child at his business just down the road.

Never met the gentleman but heard of him. Did know Ian and others whom were injured along with Keith Pratt and his brother.

Condolences to his family.
#1 Mike Jent 2019-02-05 10:38
I was not personally acquainted with Tim but have the stories of the BELCo. riots and the bravery of him and others on that morning. Very sad to hear of your passing Tim, my condolences to your family.
Rest in peace

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