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Tribute to Dave Wallington

(Photo courtesy of Henry Rogers)

We are very sad to note the death on 15th November of Dave Wallington at the age of 83. Dave joined Twickenham RC in the mid 1960s. He came to the club after starting rowing at Putney Town Rowing Club.

In 1958, aged just 20, he rowed in a crew which was beaten by only 1 3/4 lengths in a very close race in the finals of Wyfold Fours. In both that year and the following one Putney Town’s coxless fours were very successful in Thames’ regattas at Senior level.

(Dave pictured on the left with his Wyfold Four)

Dave mostly sculled at Twickenham since at that time there were few rowers of his status for crew boats competition.

Much later, Dave rowed in eights and fours with the Masters’ squads and continued in his sculling boat until just a few years ago.

In his later years, Dave was a stalwart member of the recreational Phyllistines group, who rowed in the Phyllis eight on a Wednesday evening (followed by a pint in the bar).

He served as Club Captain in 1988/89, and as House Steward (Fabric) in 1985/86 and 2002/03.

Dave and his wife Christine had two daughters, Fleur and Nicola. Fleur both coxed and rowed at Twickenham at a high level. Very sadly, Fleur died in 2017 and her name is commemorated on one of our boats.

Dave was an unassuming and very easy character and will be very missed around the Club. The Committee send every sympathy to Christine and Nicola.

Words by John Sewell, club Treasurer

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