Jim (The Fish) Smith – 31.07.1944 to 27.12 2019
It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of this, one of the Society’s great and much loved characters who, for over 60 years poured his heart and soul into the society and river interests – to the extent that many years ago the committee, being concerned about labour laws, decided he must have one day a week off and a set holiday! This was only achieved after much persuasion and heaving up of his trousers!
In addition to his role with the society, Jim put an equal amount of enthusiasm into his work with the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust and the local parish council, together with interests in the Trout and Salmon Association and other rural organisations.
Jim learned his trade from the previous bailiff, Mac, with whom he spent much time as a boy, and, as we all know, he went on to accumulate a vast knowledge of the Ouse, its catchment and nature generally, with an enthusiasm which, over the many years, never diminished.
Jim will be sadly missed but well remembered by all who knew him.