Association of Anglers with disabilities
Ray Stoner R.I.P
It was with great sadness that I received the news that Ray Stoner had passed away on after a battle with lung cancer.
Ray was a great supporter of Reel People and proudly wore the Reel People logo wherever he fished. Ray was always a stickler for detail and I thought the email below would summarise and be a fitting tribute to the man he was.
Hi Rob and Tina,
Went fishing for the first time for 4 months, fished a local water called 3 Islands at Stewkley, I had 27 carp ,13 rudd and 2 roach. The picture I have attached is the first fish I caught today , the fishery call the fish "The Colonel" it was causing concern has it hadn't shown for 2 years and the Bailiff was well pleased he thought it might be dead. It weighed in at 24lbs 10ozs. I was as usual sporting the club logo, another website your on😀.
Tina said her favourite memory of Ray was when he did the most fantastic BBQ (Brai) for us all after one of the Hilgay matches.
Ray contacted me shortly before his death to ask me to relay to all his fishing buddies how much he has enjoyed fishing with you all. in closing he asked that we might have a clap to remember him at one of our matches. In light of the ongoing Pandemic we don't know when this will be, but I'm sure like me you will remember Ray in your own special way.
God Bless my friend.
Gerry Moore R.I.P
It was with great sadness that today, Tuesday 21st January 2020, Tina and I were a Gerry's bedside at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
Kings Lynn when he peacefully passed away.
He was a true friend and a great supporter of Reel People. He took great pleasure helping anyone in need, carrying gear to the peg, setting up, anything to help. He was a generous sponsor of match trophies but never wanting the presentation limelight.
He unique sense of humour stands out to me, his quips, "better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick" and "100% down, nothing to pay". The latter summed Gerry up, he never liked to owe a thing. Monday evening before we left he was rather confused and was in discussion with a nurse about how much they charge for accommodation, bless him.
He was also trying to get them to make some fishing lakes as they were missing a trick and could make a fortune,
He will be greatly missed and our match days will certainly be much quieter. God bless him.
Ted (George) Ward R.I.P
It is with great sadness that Gerry informed me this morning that Ted passed away at home in the early hours of this morning.
It hardly seems possible as Ted fished the Pairs match at Barford which him and Gerry sponsored. Ted was his normal chirpy self.
Ted has been a great supporter of the club for many years. He raised in excess of £1,000 in trophy sponsorship from local business. Beyond that he has been a much thought of friend, sharing a cuppa and a chat at mine on numerous occasions.
Ted will be greatly missed by us all but in particular is best mate Gerry.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family.
Mario Burlace Rip
It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Mario Burlace has sadly passed away.
Mario has been a member of Reel People for many years and showed great commitment to the club. On match days he had often travelled several hundred miles round trip from his home in Kent.
Mario was a very good angler and framed many times. He particularly liked fishing our matches at Decoy.
Mario had been fighting illness for the past 6 years.
Our sincerest thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his wife and family at this most difficult of times.
Phil Jackson RIP
It is with a great deal of sadness that I have to announce the passing of Phil Jackson on the 22nd January 2019,
Phil had suffered ill health for quite a while but still managed to retain his wicked sense of humour along with a cheerful attitude on the few occasions that he got to matches last season.
Phil joined Reel People in 2000 and has been a long serving committee member who held the club and it's values close to his heart. He was one of the club's most successful match anglers, winning the Celebration of Angling on 3 occasions. On top of this he was a most wonderful, kind hearted man who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Molly Donald RIP
It is with sadness that I have been informed by Ian of the sad passing of Molly in late 2018.
I understand Molly had been in hospital and complications sadly took her.
Molly was a bubbly lady who was always happy to help anyone. This shone out when herself along with Ian and a group of friends used to give their time weekly to run a junior angling club in Peterborough.
Ian has kindly sponsored a gnome in Molly's honour which will be presented, hopefully by Ian at our Spring Challenge match at Decoy on 3rd April.
Due to their ill health in recent years Ian and Molly have not been so active at Reel People matches but have always joined every year.
Molly was a lovely lady who will be sadly missed.