Long-standing members will be sad, though perhaps not surprised, to hear of the passing of Laurie Weeden. He was born 6th June 1922 and died after a brief non-Covid-related illness 14th November 2020 aged 98.
His renown extends far beyond the Club. You may read elsewhere of his Second World War exploits. How he was probably the last living glider pilot at both D-Day and Arnhem and on what happened on those occasions. And how he was one of 12 Second World War veterans to be selected by Prince Charles to be painted by a variety of artists in 2015.
Strongly involved with the Cadets initially and then his beloved OK`s he famously once said: 'Members approaching retirement should not necessarily assume that they are old enough to enlist in the OKs'.
But the sailing was far from all that he gave to the Club. He joined the General Committee in 1971, and became treasurer two years later, holding the post for five years. These were the years when VAT was introduced, and Laurie led the reformation of the Club accounts, splitting off berthing and social activities from membership income. He was also Rear- and then Vice-Commodore for the years 1984 to 1987.
He was a lovely person to know, having an infectious chuckle and yet a steel inside. In the 1970s he was Father Christmas for the Club's children's Christmas party arriving across the Pond with his sack of presents. He had a good 'Ho Ho' voice, recalls Keith Videlo. Former member John McLaren writes "What an innings. A lovely man with a great sense of humour. Good friend and strong supporter of my father in their quest for competitive racing at Frensham. Always Mr OK and would never be defeated by the elements. Producer of a son in his own image. A lovely family."
Our condolences to Tim Weeden and the whole family
A full obituary will appear in the next newsletter. My thanks to Graham Howlett and Pat Cushing for putting this together
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