David Semple was a founder member of Upton Rowing Club which was formed in 1995. Throughout the life of the club he was a stalwart and enthusiastic supporter of all aspects of club activity. He was chairman of the club for a number of years before taking on the role of president. He will always be remembered for his wit and good humour and was always ready to help the club with fundraising. He will be dearly missed.
The club recently acquired several new boats including an eight – all of which needed naming. It was thought that the eight should be called ‘David Semple’ but in seeking his permission he suggested that it should be called ‘OK Dave’ which is how his granddaughter Eleanor greeted him and became a family catchphrase.
The boat was duly named ‘OK Dave’ by Eleanor on Sunday, 30th April at a ceremony held at the clubhouse and attended by family and many members and friends. Though David was much missed it was a happy event with many stories being told about David’s adventures.