It is with much sadness that I report the death of John Liddy, on 26 April. He was known with great fondness to many of us. Most recently for the Club he was the Company Secretary until early 2019, when he had to devote himself to treatment and recovery. It was a delight to see him at this year’s AGM.
Tony Riley has written the following appreciation and tribute.
John was an enthusiastic and active member of Phoenix for many years, and will have sailed with many members, who will feel his loss very deeply. Personally, I had known John for nearly 40 years, as a work colleague with BP, a friend and a valued sailing companion.
As a member, John sailed club boats regularly, and served periods as Secretary of both the Sailing and Management Committees. He impressed others with his quiet efficiency, attention to detail and diplomacy, skills that were evident throughout both his career and time as a member of PYC.
He qualified as an MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore in 2014 and was a club Offshore skipper, participating in a variety of club cruising activities, including to many ‘summer cruise’ destinations. In his sailing, he demonstrated a high level of competency and was a calm but authoritative presence, even in challenging conditions. His skills were recognised in 2009 and 2013 when he was awarded the PYC trophy for ‘Meritorious Seamanship’.
He introduced many new members to the club, including myself, and encouraged others to develop their skills, offering advice and coaching where necessary. The photos of John assisting with the development of a MOB ‘handy-billy’ will serve as a reminder to all of us of John’s contribution to PYC.
John – you will be much missed by your family and many friends. Bon Voyage.