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Donald Bean was a member of the club from its start until his death in 2001. I knew him in the later period when he would arrive at club events, sporting the attire of a “English country gentleman” tweed jacket and his ubiquitous trilby hat, and clutching a box of homemade jam which was sold off for club funds. At club events he was always given bib 1 and set off first

Donald left an estate of over one million pounds to various local charities, and our club was left approximately £250,000 which we used to fund the new club house along with other funding sources. This is why the club house bears his title.

To the left is a copy of the obituary that appeared in Canoe Focus.

Donald certainly lived life to the full, enjoying white water canoeing trips to Nepal and Turkey with Dave Mamby. The guides would take it in turns to shepherd Donald on a one to one basis and got plenty of rescue practise in the process.

He also competed in a local triathlon on a “sit up and beg” push bike complete with wicker basket alongside faster carbon racing cycles.

A true gent.

to allow him plenty of time to complete the run before the next competitor.

Donald was always very generous with donations to the club and his canoes donated to the club bear his initials DB1 (there were several DB’s at the time so Donald was DB1), and to date all our club boats have DB1 on them.