It is with great sadness that I write to advise Members of the recent death of our long-standing Member & Official of the Society, Dave Whitehouse. Dave had been fighting illness for the past few years, and passed away peacefully a few days ago. He was a Member of more than 40+ years standing, and been an Official of the Society for much of this time, including 20 years as General Secretary. His contribution to the success & development of the Society was significant, and he will be much missed both at our regular Committee meetings and on the waters for his wise and considered views. Dave’s funeral service is to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday 12th March at the Sussex & Surrey Crematorium off the Balcombe Road, Crawley. His daughters, Lorna & Victoria, have provided an open invite to Members & friends to attend the service to celebrate his life.
Additionally, Lorna & Victoria have donated Dave’s considerable collection of fishing tackle to the Society with a view to raising funds for an organisation that Dave felt so passionately about. Your Committee have decided to bring a number of items to the AGM scheduled for Thursday 2nd April with a view to auctioning them, with all proceeds to go to the Society. As a mark of respect to Dave, and to provide a lasting memorial to his contribution to the Society, we plan to install an engraved bench on the bottom bank of the Wilderness Lake at Little Rowfant – this being an area that Dave regularly fished both in pleasure sessions & in our walk-off matches.