• John Pearce

    John Francis Pearce
    JohnPearce1941 - 2017

     

    John Pearce's (Piggo) Funeral will be held next Wednesday 25th January at the Isle of Wight Crematorium PO32 6NJ. Anyone wishing to attend should catch the 10.0am ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth. Transport from Yarmouth will be available to the Crematorium and then back to the Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth which is very close to the ferry. There is ample parking by the ferry terminal in Lymington.

    It is with sadness that I have to report the death in the early part of this year, of John Pearce, a Vice President and great stalwart of Kingston Rowing Club. He was educated at Kingston Grammar School and rowed in their 1st Eight whilst there taking a few years off when he left school, to study marine engineering at Tough Bros in Teddington. Upon completion of an apprenticeship with this company he returned to row at KRC. By this time, his father had firmly established Thames Ditton Marina and work commitments meant that John had less time to devote to his rowing. After a few years concentrating on work with the Marina, John joined his younger brother Peter who had since joined KRC, to row with him in a pair entering the Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta. The following year, both brothers teamed up with Peter and Geoff Risk to enter the Wyfolds at Henley Royal Regatta making the first time a pair of brothers had entered as a crew! After giving up rowing, he spent time as a coach with our highly successful Britannia Four, deputising for Ron Needs their coach, on the occasions when he was unable to get down to the Club.

  • Alistair Court-Smith

    Alistair Court-Smith 1942 - 2016

    After a prolonged battle with illness, it is with sadness we report on the death of one of our longstanding members, Alistair Court-Smith. His association with the Club goes back over 60 years when he was rowing at Kingston Grammar School and as such, was a Cadet member of KRC.

    On leaving school he studied civil engineering and worked on the M1 which was under construction in those days. From building highways in the UK, his career took him to the Bahamas working for Sir Robert McAlpine where after five years, his work took him to Algeria, Belgium, back to the Bahamas returning in the late eighties to Belgium once again.

    In 1990, he returned once more to the UK and renewed his contact with KRC rowing in the veteran crew on a Sunday morning. Marrying June in 1992, his career had changed from being an active engineer to Project Management, becoming a director of Widnell and running their project management division.

    It was his skill in project management that was to be so useful to KRC when he was involved with others in negotiating the new lease for the Club. His help was to be invaluable in negotiating the terms of the new lease and with the planning of the alterations that we have started to make at the boathouse.

    Following retirement, Alistair became a non-executive director for the Primary Care Trust NHS and also a non-executive director of Rosemary Simmons Memorial Housing Association based in Esher.

    He leaves behind his wife June and daughter Melanie.

  • Richard J. Ayling

    13th June 1952-1st November 2016 – A Colossus of World Rowing

    Richard Ayling

    If I had three words to describe Richard Ayling who has just died at the age of 64 they would be: passion, commitment and fun. He was a giant of a man, who loved, just loved, the sport – every bit of it. He always wore his heart on his sleeve. And his laughter – Richard could take a joke as well as dish them out – was always raucous. His life touched so many who helped make our sport great. But it would be typical of ‘Lurch’ – his ‘70s nickname given to him by his crewmates in Bob Janousek’s British squad – to give credit to others. Make no mistake though; British rowing owes a debt to Richard Ayling.

     

     

  • Dionne Davies (nee Bett)

    dionneMany of you will have fond memories of Dionne Davies (Bett) and will have been saddened to hear that she passed away last week. An active rower, club member and Women’s Captain in the late 1990’s – 2002, and then social member, Remenham member and active Henley supporter, a warm and loyal friend who will be hugely missed by us all.

    Dionne's funeral will take place at 11am on Wednesday, 10th December at Clandon Wood Natural Burial Reserve, Epsom Road, West Clandon, Guildford, GU4 7FN. Tel: 01483 479614.

    Dionne's wish was to be buried in a natural woodland and meadow setting at Clandon Wood. She will rest in peace surrounded by the things she loved, thirty one acres of meadow consisting of trees, wildflowers, grazing sheep and a lake.

    PLEASE NOTE: Wear bright clothing and footwear to suit an outdoor setting. Your feet will get muddy! Club blazers and scarlet welcomed.

    Please bring footwear to change into afterwards. Please do not wear black, Dionne made it very clear, bright colours only!

    Her parents Penny and Gerry, and her husband Keith would like to invite you to join them after the service for a drink to celebrate Dionne's life at the Horse and Groom, Epsom Road, Merrow, Guildford, GU1 2RG. Tel: 01483 575375.

    If you have photos you would like to share of Dionne please bring a copy as we plan to display for all to view.
    It would be appreciated it if it was family flowers only at the funeral.
    However, if you wish to make a donation you will be able to do so on the day. Donations will go to Cancer Research and CaringBridge.

  • Alan Spong

    Alan Spong

    Our past president Alan Spong has passed away, aged 94.

    The timing is particularly aposite as the club is planning its 'Row to Remember' Sponsored Row and Alan was one of the last surviving Dunkirk veterans.

     A dozen or so Scarlet Blazers attended his funeral to complement the Dogget Coat and Badge uniforms worn by three recent winners  (Alan was a member of the Worshipful Company of Watermen and Lightermen of The Thames and was elected their Master in 1980)

  • Clive Hallt

    Sadly I have just heard that another Life member, Clive Hallt passed away on Mon 10th March 2014. Clive was Chairman of the Regatta Committee that moved the Kingston Regatta to its present location and was an inspiration and coach behind the Saxon Boat Club and various other antics in the late `60s and early `70s.

    There will be drinks in memory of Clive in the Saddlers Arms at Send from 1.00pm on Saturday 29th March.  There will be no formal service - in line with Clive's wishes and because he bequeathed his body for medical research. 

  • Ian Wylie

    It is with deep regret that I have to inform members of the death of Ian Wylie during the night of 26th February 2014. Ian joined the Club in the early sixties and played an active part in KRC until moving to Kent in the mid seventies. In recent years, he returned to Kingston and has been helping out with  coaching and became a regular member in the Leviathan squad outings.

    Ian's funeral will be held at the Tunbridge Wells Crematorium at 2.30pm on Wednesday 19th March.

     Ian Wylie at Henley 2010

     Jackie, his wife, has asked as many as possible attending the funeral, to wear their Henley blazers to celebrate Ian's long association with the sport.

     

  • Doc Sutton

      I have just received news that Doc Sutton - Dr Grahame Sutton MBE, passed away last Sat on 8th March 2014, aged 85.

    Doc Sutton

    Doc was a long time rower at Kingston, joining in 1970 and continued to row until some years ago in a vintage wooden veteran coxless 4 that was nearly as old as his rowing kit! He had a sharp wit, but was always sympathetic and helpful with any athlete's ailments. Doc received his MBE whilst serving as a medical officer with the Royal Norfolks in the Cyprus emergency in 1956. In the midst of a forest fire and despite 2nd degree burns to his arm, he went in search of survivors and attended half a dozen soldiers needing first aid.

    The funeral is at Croydon Crematorium. CR9 3AT on Thursday 27th March at 2.15 p.m.
    Family flowers only. Donations, if desired can be made to the National Autistic Society c/o W A Truelove & Son Ltd, 107 Stafford Road SM6 9AP oronline.

  • James Townley

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    Members will be saddened to  hear of the death on Friday 21 September of an ex-KRC member, Captain James Townley, who was killed in an incident whilst serving in Afghanistan at the age of only 29.

  • Andy Holmes MBE

    It is very sad to report the death of Andy Holmes MBE on 24 October 2010  aged 51.

    Andy Holmes SeoulAndy rowed at Kingston in the early 80’s before going  on to win two Olympic Gold medals: Coxed Fours at Los Angeles in 1984 with Richard Budgett, Martin Cross and Steve Redgrave with cox Adrian Ellison;  and then in Coxless Pairs at Seoul in 1988 with Steve Redgrave (where they also doubled up to win a Bronze in Coxed Pairs).

  • Alistair Graham

    I am very sorry to inform you that Alistair Graham died on Wed 28th July 2010 in hospital following a fall at home.

    Alistair was a former Captain of Kingston Rowing Club including the 1981 season when the Men's squad at Henley Royal Regatta reached three finals, winning the Goblets, the Prince Philip and narrowly losing in the Britannia Cup - the best results in a century. The Men's Pair and Coxed Four together with the Women's Double Scull of Astrid Ayling and Sue McNuff went on to represent Great Britain in the 1981 World Championships, a level of club rowing success unprecedented before or since.

    As well as being a long standing and popular stalwart and coach of Kingston Rowing Club, Alistair was also a Vice President at Dittons Skiff and Punting club, Punting being a sport about which he was passionate. He will be much missed and I am sure you will wish to join with me in expressing sincere condolences to his surviving sister and brother, Deirdre and Charles and his nieces Victoria and Emma-Jane.

  • Steve Chasey - Obituary

    steve-chasey.jpg It is with sadness that we report that Steve Chasey, a rower, coach, and a great character of  KRC passed away last night.

    Steve will be fondly remembered for his enthusiasm and love for all things rowing, and for passing some of that on to the many rowers, novice to elite, that he coached in recent years.

    Steve's involvement in KRC spanned decades and his love for the sport is clear from this short excerpt of the History of the Kingston Regatta published in last year's regatta programme.

    Steve Chasey who first rowed at the Regatta for Kingston Grammar School and has been a lifelong member of Kingston RC where he still coaches and with the greatest of respect to Steve can safely be described as being a member of the ‘MAD’ crowd. Steve writes:

    “Without rowing I really don’t know where I would be. It has been the constant that has held everything together. From schooldays in Kingston through the hedonistic 60s into the armed forces, special forces, whatever the world has brought, rowing and the river has always given me space to breathe again. To take those gasps of air after a heavy workout on the river as the mist rises to reveal a warming sun saying ‘good morning’, easing those aching muscles, giving fresh light on the world again. The river has been my life, so much so that I can’t imagine life without it. I now live on a boat on the river at Kingston, a part of its ebb and flow. From competing at the Regatta as a boy to coaching crews I have been coming to the Regatta for 50 years now and I wouldn’t miss this day for the world.”

    Our sincerest wishes are with Steve's family.

    The funeral will be held on Wednesday 4th June 2008 at Kingston Crematorium, 2:20 and afterwards at the Club.

    Kingston Cemetery
    Bonner Hill Road 
    Kingston upon Thames 
    KT1 3EZ  
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