STEVE PARTON 1948 – 2013
I must start this newsletter on a sad note by informing you of the untimely death of one of the great characters of the fly fishing fraternity and long time member of
the Alex Booth Flyfishers; Steve Parton, who passed away on Saturday 6th April after a very short illness.
Steve suffered a stroke whilst out canvassing with his wife Jeanna on Wednesday 3rd April and died in hospital 3 days later.
Steve was an active member of the club in the early days of the clubs existence, he would regularly give talks during the winter month’s,
unfortunately I was not at any of those meetings as I was not a member of the club at that time,
but I did learn a bit off him during our dinner- time sessions down at the factory in Long Eaton.
He eventually took a dislike to match fishing and it was then that he became less active in the club, but he would still give advice to members etc,
albeit with the intention of selling them something.
Steve was one of the modern day fly fishing pioneers along with the likes of Bob Church, Arthur Cove, to name a few.
A regular contributor to TFF, you always looked forward to reading his page every month. He was not everyone cup of tea;
some say he was outspoken but you had to admire the fact that he said things the way he saw them, and never left anyone in doubt about what he meant.
We will all miss his dry wit and sense of humour he will be sorely missed.
A legend has passed; a real shock and our thoughts are with Jeanna and family.
RIP. Steve, we are losing another great character from the world of fly fishing…