A Tribute to the late Dr John Hilton - Life Member and Former Captain
It is with great sadness that we give you the news that Dr. John Hilton, a Life Member and former Captain of the Tees Rowing Club died on Sunday January 17th at the age of 86 (pictured 2nd from left with the crew of 1958).
John was one of that small group of members who were instrumental in bringing about the rebirth of rowing on the Tees after the end of the Second World War. As well as being an accomplished oarsmen he was also a successful coach. In this latter capacity he is probably best remembered for bringing a Tees crew from Novice to Senior status in consecutive regattas in 1958. (John Baker, Tony Frost, Andrew Verney, Alan Parsons and cox John Heron). He also coached the Durham County Eight.
Subsequently his ICI job took him to Cleethorpes but he retained a close interest in the club. In 1981 the club bought a new coxless pair and chose to name it after him. He thought it much more appropriate that it should be named after his wife and so at Tees Regatta he and Frances came along, accompanied by a case of bubbly, and Frances duly named her boat in the time honoured way.
Sadly Frances predeceased him. In recent times John had not been in the best of health but we were delighted that he was able to attend our 150th Anniversary Dinner in 2014 at which he met many of his contemporaries and visited our new premises at the River Tees Watersports Centre.
From all at the club, our deepest sympathy goes to his family.