Life on the river

In 1931, at the age of 38, Dick left Bolton for good and returned to Devon. He played for Yeovil for one season and then went back to his old job of fisherman.

He coached for Exeter City, turned out for local amateurs, and joined crowds on the terraces.

In World War II he led a team of maritime men who repurposed their rope skills to ensure the safety of military parachutes. He became a Parish councillor and special policeman, mentored Sea Scouts and was President of Topsham FC. He fished, mended nets and repaired boats.

But perhaps most of all, he spent time on the water with his wife Elsie, their children and grandchildren, teaching them to sail, fish and love life on the river.

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