It is with great sadness that I write to inform the membership that Bill Thompson has sadly passed away.
Bill was a true gentleman and a fine fisherman who served on the committee of our association for many years. He became club secretary when the club was in decline and its future looked bleak. But with Bill at the helm and a rejuvenated committee the club under his stewardship went from strength to strength.
It was Bill that handed the job to me and Ian and I was often on the phone for advice for the first year or three.
His hat, for many many years, was pinched from his head and used for the drawing of various club raffles, much to his delight.
Nothing was ever too much trouble for Bill as he loved the Derwent valley and of course the river Derwent He was proud as punch when his grandsons fished the junior competitions and he was often seen on the river with his son Lloyd enjoying a days fishing.
When the association celebrated its 150th anniversary both Bill and Lloyd were invited and happily attended to help to make it a memorable event where many fishermans tales of the one that got away were told.
He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
Bill Thompson, club secretary and president of the Derwent Angling Association a good friend and a fine angler. Rest in peace.
The funeral service will take place on the 1st of June at 2pm at St Ives Church Leadgate then moving to the mount set crematorium then on to the Grey Horse public house.
Brown trout season opens!
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