Chairman’s Tribute to Paul Bailey
Sadly, I have news of one, shocking event that knocks everything else for six, notably the tragic death of our much-loved Secretary Paul Bailey. His passing on 9th September was the awful end to a battle with cancer that Paul fought bravely with a remarkable self-belief and optimism that will remain with anyone who witnessed it for a very long time.
Paul was a friend as much as he was SCT Secretary. He was a top-flight club cyclist who rode pretty much twice as fast as me, and he could do it for a hundred miles! But it was as Secretary for Southrepps Commons Trust that he gave so much to our community, in the quiet, understated way that good secretaries do. He underpinned our administration since 2011, and his good practice will carry on. As if that wasn’t enough, Paul got his hands dirty too. As a familiar member of Sunday morning working parties Paul could wield a pitchfork with the best and he was a reliable winchman. Latterly, even when he was desperately ill, Paul would make his way as best he could to join us at coffee break. He really didn’t want to let anybody down.
All in all Paul was just a lovely man who dealt with a cruel hand in a quite inspirational way. One of Southrepps finest.