Tributes pour in after death of Tom Wilson - Scunthorpe district angling official and writer
THE man who was the Scunthorpe Telegraph's angling correspondent for 25 years has died at the age of 91.
Tom Wilson was the Scunthorpe area's foremost angling writer for many years and tributes have poured in about his achievements.
Mr Wilson was a master angler who started fishing at the age of four and was president of Scunthorpe Angling Association for 40 years.
His friend, David Stephens, , former assistant editor at the Scunthorpe Telegraph for 15 years, who fished with Mr Wilson for 25 years, said: "He excelled at coarse match fishing, winning dozens of trophies but, in addition, thoroughly enjoyed fly fishing for trout, particularly on Toft Newton Reservoir near Market Rasen."
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Mr Wilson was elected to the association's committee in the early 1960s and held a number of other positions, including secretary and vice-chairman.
He was also president of the Ashby Cons and Iron Steel angling clubs, as well as a life member of the Appleby Frodingham group.
He was made the association's delegate to the Lincolnshire Consultative Committee, later to become its vice-president and then president. He was also chairman of the Lincolnshire Federation and of the Anglian Fisheries Committee, as well as the Scunthorpe delegate to the Witham Joint Anglers' Federation.
Mr Stephens said: "For many years, he captained the Scunthorpe team which fished the annual top national competition.
"It did not have a lot of success, but he was delighted to report its winning of the competition in 1996 as it contained some of the ex-members of the Izaak Walton Boys Club, which he helped to form in 1962.
"Brought up in an area where rivers were very badly polluted by industry, he was a keen conservationist and someone who spoke out regularly against and fought water pollution.
"It was not long before we became firm friends. He taught me how to tie and cast a fly and we enjoyed fishing together in many parts of the country for more than a quarter of a century.
"Tom was a good companion who was keen to impart his vast knowledge and experience of the sport. He had a wonderful sense of humour and was never afraid to say what he thought, especially in support of angling."
Bob Cross, chairman of the angling association, said: "What Tom did for fishing in Scunthorpe, nobody can ever do again.
"He was fantastic and will be sorely missed."
Martin Fawcett, treasurer of the Iron and Steel Angling Club, where Mr Wilson was president for many years, said: "Tom helped many clubs and associations fight for angling rights to fish the water ways of this area and whenever he attended meetings, he always had a constructive input.
"The angling community has lost a true friend and he will be sadly missed by all. Our condolences go out to his family."
Mr Wilson worked in the engineering department at North Lindsey College for many years and served with the RAF in the Middle East as an aircraft engineer.
He leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Joyce, two daughters, four grandchildren and a great grandson.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.