Friday, 8 May 2020

Dave Bowen
Steve Hunter

Dave Bowen

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Dave Bowen died on Friday 1st May. We know he had been ill for some time and had treated his illness with the same self-deprecating good humour that he was so good at. He had been interested in all nature all his life and enjoyed helping other people appreciate the natural life that he enjoyed which came across in his guiding and in his presentations. He had been a very actively member of Cleveland RSPB Local Group from the beginning in 1974, but by 1980 he was on the committee.

Over the years he had had many roles: newsletter editor, outings organiser and leader, indoor meetings organiser, trips organiser. Even when not officially on the committee, he would be doing work for the Group, such as arranging outings, leading, recruiting new members and of course, his presentations. To jog our memories, his presentation in 1983 was called "More Ramblings".

He was Group Leader from 1990 to 1993. Even after he became ill, he would always support the club, and for years could be relied on to provide an interesting and entertaining presentation at the last minute when the scheduled speaker was unable to attend.

He will be sadly missed by all his many friends in the Club. Our thoughts go to his family.

An extract from the newsletter Winter 1993 typifies Dave's humour and approach to group activity. "Sunday 10th October was RSPB World Birdwatch, with members staging a "meet the public" event at Hartlepool Headland. I was working so Mark Stokeld found himself volunteered to organise. And a great job he made of it, too! However, arranging for that Water Rail to crash into the wall in front of everyone was just a bit over the top, don't you think?"