Tony Davis, who died from cancer on 15th February 2022, aged 83, was one of The Inland Waterways Association’s loyal supporters for over 50 years, not least being IWA’s principal representative on the Thames for a period of over 30 years, and a recipient of the Cyril Styring Trophy, IWA’s most prestigious award.
Trained in Estate management, Tony joined IWA in June 1967, and was involved in the early years of IWA London & Home Counties Branch Working Party and production of its magazine Navvies Notebook. He was quickly involved in all aspects of the branch and during 1968-69 he established a slide library with over 500 photos covering the branch’s waterways for promotional use. Tony was secretary to the trade show at IWA’s National Rally at Guildford in 1970 where Waterway Recovery Group was launched. He was a keen supporter of the Basingstoke Canal restoration and attended Operation Ashton and other WRG big digs.
In 1971, when the branch was renamed London and South East Branch, Tony joined the committee and became IWA’s representative for the River Wey. He was passionate about preserving the Right of Navigation on the backwaters of both the Wey, and later the Thames, and amassed various legal documents and statements from past commercial operators testifying their long public use.
[The photo, left, shows Tony Davis Boating on River Yonne in 2003].