Dave Jones Memorial

Sadly, Dave Jones passed away on Tuesday 14th January 2020.

Dave Jones started volunteering with the Wandle Trust 10 years ago, helping with one of the early restoration projects in Carshalton. He became a regular face to the monthly Wandle cleanups, took part in the monthly riverfly monitoring surveys and helped to deliver more restoration works. A few years ago, Dave started leading a team of trained volunteers to manage invasive plants on the Wandle – the Hit Squad. Dave gave countless hours to this work, without which the Trust would have been unable to keep this project running.

He was bubbly, lovely and very kind. He will be greatly missed.  

Dave loved the Wandle and volunteering with the Trust. In his memory, the family would like to raise donations to support our further work.

If you would like to donate, please use the button below to donate via paypal and leave a comment with your memories of Dave Jones – our Wandle Ranger.

Please note: The Wandle Trust is now part of the South East Rivers Trust and therefore the donation will be in that name.

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Dave versus floating pennywort

21 thoughts on “Dave Jones Memorial

  1. Simon Higgs

    We worked alongside Dave at the Riverfly Monitoring sessions, the Wandle clean ups, a number of Wilderness Island work parties and a couple of adhoc Balsam Bashes. He was always a pleasure to be with, knowledgeable about the plants and wildlife around him and always happy to share his knowledge and fondness for the river..
    He will be sadly missed for his ever cheerful outlook and friendly chat. A privilege to have known him if only for a short time.
    Best wishes to his family and everyone who knew Dave,
    Simon and William

  2. Alan Bilham

    A very kind and caring neighbour to our mother Marjorie Harrington, who do anything for you, he will be deeply missed
    Love and bets wishes Alan, Cheryl, Steve, Jackie and Marjorie

  3. Steve Morton

    It was a pleasure to know Dave for several years working on various projects on and in the rivers nearby. I shall miss his sense of humour and his wealth of knowledge, especially about the local area.

  4. Heidi Smith

    To our Amazing, Wonderful, Funny Dad/Grandad
    Thank you for everything
    We love you and miss you forever
    Heidi, Mark, Madeleine, Eliza, Florence and Scruffy

  5. Debbie Williamson

    Thank you to Polly and all of the Wandle Trust members who have spoken of my Dad so fondly. He was a special person who had a deep passion for the Wandle and over the past 15 years or so really invigorated his life. Thank you so much for all you kind thoughts and wishes.

  6. Jane Porter

    Dave was the heart of the Wandle cleanups – he was the most lovely kind, good-humoured and knowledgeable man. I enjoyed his company a lot, and learned so much about wildlife from our chats as well as always having a laugh with him. He will be very much missed, and remembered with love and affection always.

  7. Derek purton

    A true gent, always enthusiastic at the clean-up and always telling me to find something to big, enjoyed the banter . Won’t be the same without him, but his enthusiasm will live on with the rest of us.

  8. Margaret and Kyle Rogers

    Dave was a really nice person, always good to chat to at the Wandle clean ups, and so knowledgeable. He will be greatly missed and will always stay in our hearts.
    He knew my home town in Ireland well and we compared stories as we walked the Wandle paths. Rest in peace Dave.

  9. Per Andersen

    We will certainly miss Dave in the trust in the future. He was clearly passionate about the projects and was particularly great at making every one feel welcome and included – helping to build a true community round preserving the Wandle.

  10. Dennis Wright

    With fondest memories of the youngest brother to Doreen. Will always be remembered with a smile.

  11. Geoff Hines

    David was inspiring and so enthusiastic about the river, He was always there at a clean up when I went along, we worked on the river outfall surveys in Carshalton and Culvers, I will miss him at the clean ups in Beddington Park especially as the Chairman of the Friends of Beddington Park.

  12. Stephen Huggett

    Dave was a wonderful family friend many happy memories of the holidays we had.
    You Will be sadly missed thanks for all your advice over the years.
    Steve and Billy.

  13. The Fletchers

    Dave was a lovely man and taught us so much about the Wandle. He was so enthusiastic and clearly loved the river. We will miss him

  14. Mike Jones

    Dave was the youngest of my uncle’s and definitely one my favourite. Not much difference in age between us so more like an older brother when I was young.

    He taught me all about motorbikes and would even take me for a ride when my Mum was not watching, taught me to climb trees, kicked a football around and turned me into an Arsenal supporter (not sure if can thank him for that!!) We would sometimes fish for tiddlers in the Wandle, fond memories indeed.

    He will be sadly missed by Helen (my wife) and I, also our three boys who loved the attention he afforded them when they were youngsters.

    With our love and fondest memories

    Helen, Mike, Matt, Rob & Adam

  15. Debbie, Nigel, Bethany and William Edmed xx

    A remarkable man who will be truly missed by his lovely family and many friends xx

  16. Rosie Taylor

    Dave was such a lovely person, such fun and so kind. He will be missed by many on the Wandle clean-ups.

    Rose Taylor

  17. Lisa Conroy

    Dear Dave
    Such a wonderful man. Great memories of seeing you with Heidi. We will miss you, Niamh has such fond memories of you, almost like another Granddad & so kind. We loved your gentle nature with animals ( our dog loved you) & your patience with youngsters. You will be sorely missed.
    Love to all the family
    Lisa, Steve, James, Joseph, Thomas & Niamh xxxxx

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