David Moore, who died in July 2022, aged 83, was chairman of IWA’s South East Region for nearly twelve years.
Dave first went on a canal hire boat holiday in 1963, and enjoyed it enough to return for more of the same in 1965. Further hire boat holidays generated sufficient interest for Dave to visit the London Boat Show and join the Association. Within a couple of years he had volunteered to help on IWA’s stand at the boat show and continued to do so every year for many years.
In 1975, Dave joined IWA Chelmsford Branch’s committee as sales officer, and by 1980 he had become chairman of IWA Chelmsford Branch. In October 1982 he was elevated to become chairman of South East Region, which in those days consisted of seven branches: Chelmsford, Guildford & Reading, Hertfordshire, Kent & East Sussex, London, Oxfordshire and Solent & Arun. During Dave’s time, all region chairmen were also ex-officio trustees of the Association.
During his term as region chairman, and for many years beyond, Dave was a keen member of IWA’s sales team, travelling to help at stands at shows other than the London Boat Show. In 1986, he was chairman of IWA’s highly successful National Rally held at Brentford.