Nick Grazebrook

(Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust Company Secretary)

The death of Nick, aged 64, in a boating accident in August has come as a great shock to the Trust. The press in the Midlands and the waterways magazines have all paid their well-deserved tributes. He died in a boating accident on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal en route to the BCN which meant so much to him.

Nick was involved in the waterways movement from the mid 1960s. He was a keen and intrepid boater and was always ready to join committees and activities. His legal skills and knowledge were invaluable, especially in the days when the voluntary movement was often in conflict with authorities of all kinds. He served on the committee of the old Birmingham Branch of IWA for nearly 20 years and was always keen to take the fight to the enemy lines. In recent years he has been Chairman of the West Midlands Region of IWA and a member of its national Council.

It was almost inevitable that he would be a founder member of what became the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust. He was a strong advocate of bringing life back to the northern BCN and saw the restoration of our two canals as vital to this. He told me at an early stage that he thought that the L&H was the most important and worthwhile waterways project he had ever joined. It was his advice which caused the Trust to be set up as a charity and a limited company from the outset thereby saving a great deal of time and cost. He produced the constitution and arranged for IWA to fund the start-up costs of the Trust - a very considerable sum for an infant organisation. He was Treasurer of the Trust for the first decade and also brought his legal skills to good use.

Later he became Company Secretary and continued to support the Trust, speaking at the Cannock Forum earlier this year. We will greatly miss his advice and support.

All of us who have worked with Nick for so many years grieve at his passing so very early in his retirement. Our deepest sympathies go to Jane and all the family.

Brian Kingshott, Chairman

Nick Grazebrook, featured in the March 1994
edition of Waterways World
There will be a memorial service for Nick at
St.John the Baptist Church,
Wolverley, Kidderminster
on Saturday 5th October at 12 noon.

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