Hull & East Riding Wildfowlers’ Association Chairman Barry Upton
For those not already aware, it is my duty to deliver the sad news of the loss of our Association Chairman and friend Barry Upton. Barry passed away on 24 January 2016 peacefully at home aged 84 years.
A proud Yorkshireman, Barry was passionate about his beloved sport of wildfowling and devoted to the club he represented for over 60 years, many as Chairman and Vice President.
His dedication to wildfowling on the Humber was reflected in his longstanding involvement with the Upper Humber Wildfowling Committee and the Humber Wildfowl Refuge Committee where he earned the respect of wildfowlers and naturalists alike. Barry was made a life member of the BASC in 2004 in recognition of his contributions to all aspects of the sport.
Barry had interests across a range of fieldsports, and particularly enjoyed clay pigeon shooting. He could be regularly found at the Humberside Shooting Ground breaking a few clays. He was instrumental in the development of the clubs clay pigeon sectionin its early days. Always willing to pass on the benefits of his experience; he would always have time to give advice and coaching to youngsters and the less experienced.
Barry gained a great deal of pleasure in passing on his interests and passion for wildfowling to his sons Dave and Paul and grandson James and will have great pride in knowing that they are there to carry on that legacy.
Our club has lost a well respected wildfowler, ambassador and friend; Barry has left a hole that will be hard to fill.
On behalf of the members of Hull & East Riding Wildfowlers’ Association I would like to pass on our sincere condolences to our fellow wildfowlers Dave, Paul, James and Kevin, and to Barry’s wife Hilda, daughter Sharron and all the rest of the family.
HB Upton (1931 – 2016)
Ken Arkley Honorary Secretary, H&ERWA