Memories of Mervyn

It was with great sadness that we advised members of the death of our chairman Mervyn Williams who passed away on Monday 5 February following a short illness.

Mervyn was born on 10 December 1950 in Pwllheli and studied at Aberystwyth University before taking up a teaching posts in Liverpool until his retirement.  Most people who met Mervyn did not realise he was Welsh, probably due to the time he spent teaching in England – but he was a native Welsh speaker.   

Mervyn took over as Chairman of the club when Graham Parry resigned from the club, we think in 2013.  Whilst Mervyn worked tirelessly for the club organising work parties and cutting up fallen trees, some may know that he was also Vice Chairman of the Welsh Dee Trust where he worked equally as hard on treating invasive weeds, spraying miles of Japanese knotweed, strimming Himalayan balsam, planting trees and undertaking citizen science as part of the Smart Rivers Project.  Mervyn was also licensed for electro fishing and each Autumn would help by electro fishing the spawning streams on the Dee catchment.  For a short time, he also chaired the Federation of Clwyd Anglers.  Away from fishing activities he was a member of his local heritage group which seems to have involved meetings in various North Wales pubs!

On the fishing front Mervyn fish on the Spey at both Tulchan in April each year and Pitchroy beat (Ballindaloch) in May.  His biggest springer was 20lb+ caught in April at Tulchan.  He also fished on the Aberdeenshire Dee at Dess each August, on his last trip he managed to lose his only salmon when it swam through his legs, he had a similar near miss while netting a fish for Jonathan Croft earlier in the day, so we nicknamed him ‘dancing with fish’!.

We have put together some photographs of Mervyn in the following document.