The AWCC is sad to report the death of Bill Bleasdale on Friday 10th October 2008.
His funeral will take place at St Clements Church, Manor Ave, Urmston, followed by burial at Urmston Cemetery on Friday 17th October at 11am
Gathering after at The Watch House Cruising Club all welcome
Flowers welcome or donations to Hillside Animal Sanctuary
Keith Noble, National Vice President of the Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs wrote of Bill:
I have known Bill for over thirty years, mainly as Secretary of the North West Region of AWCC. Bill had been on the waterways since the early 1970′s. In 1973 he attended the inauguration of the North West Region at the Stork in Liverpool and became the Treasurer, a post he never relinquished. The Region has had five Chairmen and five Secretaries (the first one being the father of the present Secretary) but only one Treasurer. In March of this year, the Region presented an award to Bill and his wife Margaret in recognition of thirty five years service – and at an age believed to be 93, he agreed to stand for another year!
The past National Treasurers have always been impressed by Bill’s attention to detail – no bills outstanding in the North West, or subscriptions owing. Every Regional meeting received a concise summary of their financial position. The present National Treasurer Geoff Ashton said that Bill was the example to follow.
Bill was always a strong ambassador for AWCC, extolling the virtues with humour and enthusiasm. It was rare for Bill to miss an A.G.M. at Stafford! Always the gentleman, his advice was sought and listened to and his counselling was sound.
Bill didn’t limit himself to AWCC as he held posts on the Manchester IWA for very many years and was always supportive of the Federation of Bridgewater Cruising Clubs.
He was honoured many times, receiving the Kingfisher Award and our own Bluebell Trophy among many others.
As a Boat Club Member, Bill joined Lymm Cruising Club in 1973, his boat Alexandra being moored close by Agden Bridge. He was also a leading light, in many ways the rock on which the club relied, in the Watch House Cruising Club where I believe he became President.
It is hard to think of anyone who has worked so tirelessly for the waterways for so long. I am sad at Bill’s passing but he leaves many happy memories and was a true friend to us all.