It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Brightlingsea Harbour Master Steve Chick died suddenly at home on Saturday 9 January 2016, aged 55.
Steve came to Brightlingsea following a long and illustrious career in the Royal Navy and in the eighteen months he was in post his contribution to the harbour has been immense. His enthusiasm and energy were remarkable and he came to love this very special corner of Essex as much as we all do.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's wife Catherine, his children Adam and Alice, his family and friends.
A book of remembrance has been opened and will be available at the Colne Yacht Club during the club's opening hours, and at other times in the Harbour Office.
We understand that the funeral service will be held at All Saints' Church, Brightlingsea and will be followed by a private cremation - details to be confirmed. Family flowers only are requested. Donations to be divided between the RNLI and Seafarers UK (formerly King George V Fund for Sailors). All enquiries to John Smith Funeral Directors, 1A Tower Street, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0AL, Tel 01206 308400.
In regard to harbour matters, the Harbour Commissioners have today announced that, until a replacement for Steve can be found, David Boughton, the recently-appointed Deputy Harbour Master, will assume operational Harbour Master duties, whilst Jim Addison, Chair of Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners, will become Executive Chairman, with oversight responsibility for strategy and external relations.