Tamesis members will learn with great sadness of the death on Saturday 7 April of Ted Neal a longstanding member of the National 18 fleet and of the Offshore Group. He joined the club back in the 1970s bringing an Enterprise with him. He and a few others started our Enterprise fleet which lasted a few years. Ted took over the workshop in the boat shop when his son Steve moved down to Cornwall, and he became bosun a few years later. His extensive boat repairing skills kept countless boats afloat in his time, and always with his big smile. Unfortunately Ted was seriously incapacitated by a stroke in 2014.
His son Steve reported that Ted passed away unexpectedly at 19:00 on Saturday 7 April in St Helier Hospital, apparently from pneumonia. He was admitted to St Helier hospital on Easter Monday. Steve says the family were totally unprepared for Ted’s sudden deterioration.
At this sad time our thoughts are with his wife Doreen, sons Steve and Richard and their families.
The funeral will take place at St Christopher’s Church, Claygate Lane, Hinchley Wood KT10 0AQ and afterwards at Tamesis Club.
Donations to The Rona Trust which provides opportunities through sail training for young people and people with disabilities to gain a sense of responsibility, resourcefulness and teamwork that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Details of how to donate to follow