North Harrow Waltonians Angling Society

Guest Ticket – Springwell Lake

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  1. Steve and I shared the same trade sign makers. Which I found out asking him about the shops front window it is a great blend of styles during that conversation Steve mentioned the trade had changed which is very true and how grateful he was to have the shop and the help he had received it was a lovely moment to recognise those nearest to him. We started talking about fishing clubs and he mentioned that NHWAS had gained funding for river works and it inspired me to start applying on behalf of the club I was Secretary for we were quite successful I’m grateful we had that conversation it made me realise that we could achieve much more.
    Lovely man always welcoming we will miss his good humour and smile
    Kindest thoughts
    John Pepps

  2. So sad to hear of the passing of a really wonderful man, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I always enjoyed my trips to the tackle shop as Steve always had time for a chat and a smile. There is no way that online tackle shopping can replace someone like Steve he was a real gent and a dear friend.
    RIP Steve you will be really missed
    Aldo

  3. I first met Steve when he took on the tackle shop in Oxhey village. I used to pop in quite regularly when I was working nearby, he was always welcoming and had plenty to talk about. He was a natural salesman and I probably ended up leaving with something I never needed each time.
    Steve was not just a great advocate for the River but also for maintaining a balance in the club so that it is not all about specimen fish. He always offered support and provided a very balanced grounded view whenever there was debate. I will always remember his constant sense of humour and realistic perspective no matter what else was happening. His enormous contribution to the Society over the years has helped shape what it is today.
    Incredibly sad news.
    RIP Steve, you have left behind a great legacy and you will be missed by all of us.

  4. Steve made a huge contribution to the Waltonians’ river section when he was River Secretary (twice!). Working parties were a ‘day out’ when Steve organised them. He had fry-ups going and hot drinks. He led by example and was keen to get his hands dirty at the coal face. Steve once owned a sign-writing business and maintained excellent contacts in that field. As recently as 2022, when the society needed signs Steve was able to arrange them. An excellent angler, there were few able enough to match his Colne barbel record.
    Your passing is the saddest of news. You will be greatly missed Steve. RIP.

  5. STEVE WAS SPECIAL
    Everyone who knew Steve always felt better after a chat with him. He was always interested in what you were talking about, thoughtful, considerate, caring, helpful, funny and always positive in his thoughts and actions when chatting with you.
    I first met Steve over 30 years ago when he was single, his life and stories were always interesting. How many people do you know who have hot air ballooned over the Alps ? Whatever Steve approached he always did so with enthusiasm.
    When he first got involved with the NHWAS as River Secretary and work on the River Colne, he revolutionised the work parties.
    He would welcome you with a bacon sandwich and a smile at the start of each working party.
    He made the difference, work parties were “Fun” and far more work was completed in a great friendly atmosphere.

    Steve could turn his hand to anything and often did.
    He had a lifelong friend in Maurice and they worked together in a printing & sign writing business.
    Steve owned and ran Oxhey Angling, a local Fishing Tackle shop based on the Pinner Road, at the Bushey Arches end, known as the “Lads and Dads” Tackle Shop. It was a fabulous place to visit and spend time chatting to Steve, which many people did. Often, if lads didn’t have enough money Steve would let them off. It was more important to get youngsters interested in the sport of Angling. Steve had a big heart.
    Whenever talking to him, I have always come away feeling the richer for his company, he always made the difference.
    He was a faithful, loving husband, a great Dad and he loved his family life. He loved spending quality time with them. He would also spend hours making things for the children, such as a special one-off “Jeep”, a fantastic OO model railway and much more, these were secretly constructed in the basement of the shop so when handed to the children it was a complete surprise to them.
    I did alright with my dad but I would have loved a Dad like Steve.

    He loved his fishing and we spent many hours talking about fish, fishing and nature. Some of his captures still inspire me notably a fabulous photo of Steve with a majestic Barbel (on our website).
    Above all he was a great bloke, always loyal and always had a funny story to brighten your day.
    I and many others will never forget Steve, his warmth and his cheery smile.

    RIP my friend…….such a tragic loss

  6. Steve and I spoke a lot in the last seven months or so due to personal/unfortunate circumstances. A ten minute pop in was always an hour +! I wish I could have done more and his passing will haunt me for some time. RIP my friend.

  7. I was shocked to hear this news. Steve & I go back many years. We both worked in the live events industry. Steve worked for a graphic display business and I worked for a Technical production company. We lost contact for a while and then, low & behold, I walked into his tackle shop, many years ago, and there he was behind the jump. We were good pals and I went nowhere else to buy my fishing gear. I could easily spend a couple of hours in his shop chatting about the old days and putting the world to rights.
    I cannot believe he is not with us now. I used to joke he was older than me, albeit two months. He would brighten my day and we always had a great laugh. He was a smashing fellow, always smiling and willing to help anyone. He’s a big loss to his family, friends and the local fishing community.
    Good bless you Steve. It was a privilege knowing you.
    Finally, condolences to his wife, children and family. It will be a difficult time but you are in our hearts.
    Paul Hutton

  8. There are some lovely tributes from our members regarding the very kind and cheeful man and person Steve Clake was.
    I had the pleasure of knowing Steve for many years as member and often would be in his shop or talking on the bank when he could get out to fish.
    He was such a happy person to be around full of advice on many things if you required it.
    He was indeed passionate about our stretch of the river and did so much to promote it and fishing in general.
    I remember when he had his hand surgery and was struggling a bit afterwards.
    I happened to be in the shop buying yet more gear and bits and bobs, when somone said to him hows your hand Steve?
    He said it’s ok but i am struggling to open the hand straight.
    I offered to treat Steve and did a few sessions in the shop with him. He not only wanted to pay me but said keep all that stuff you got.
    I Declined both and said i am happy to help Steve you do lots for others and this is something i can do for you.
    His warm smile and thank along with a cup of tea along with a few old stories was a tonic for both of us.
    You will be very much missed Steve by so many people and I will miss that great smile and laugh you always produced on tap.
    My sincere sympathy goes out to all your family and friends.
    Rest in peace my friend.
    Tony Colman