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Steve Warwicker

Colleagues throughout IWA, and particularly members of Navigation Committee were saddened to hear about the death of Steve Warwicker from cancer at the age of 71.

Steve’s IWA involvement started with Avon & Wiltshire Branch, and he became South West and South Wales Region representative on Navigation Committee.  This led to him taking on the chairmanship of that committee in 2018.  He brough great knowledge and enthusiasm to the role, benefitting from a a canoeing and sailing, rather than narrow boat owning, background.

[The photo, left, shows Steve Warwicker at Bristol Docks in December 2017].

Steve’s work experience was in high-level business and project management and, following retirement and a move to Portishead, he continued his passion for sailing and canoeing.

He particularly encouraged and supported involvement in these sports by disability groups.  He was an RYA senior dinghy instructor and power-boat instructor as well as a regional Waterways Advisor for British Canoeing.  He was also chair of British Canoeing’s South West Regional Development Team.

Steve believed strongly in the concept of ‘Waterways for All’ and he led the Navigation Committee in making contact with other user organisations, such as British Canoeing and RYA.

Steve’s enthusiasm went a long way to encourage committee members to address many issues not previously seen as traditional IWA ground.  As Steve’s illness progressed, we were inspired by the way in which be battled to continue his IWA involvement and addressed the eventual result with great stoicism.

[Obituary prepared by Ivor Caplan]