Wednesday, April 6, 2016
"It is with great sadness that I have to advise the class of the recent death of Jim Gates, the class's Technical Advisor.
The funeral will take place on Friday 8th April at Slough Crematorium at 10.00 a.m.
Jim has been the class's Technical Advisor since 2003, when he stood down as Chief Measurer after an outstanding term of 24 years service, that was subsequently recognised with a national award from the RYA.
For many long term NSCA members, like me, Jim will forever be remembered as one of the two smiling faces that greeted you on "Measurement Saturday" at the National Championships, and ensured that this Saturday was a happy one, that set the tone for the forthcoming week.
Their scrutiny set the standard that I and my fellow team try to emulate today, very friendly but make sure the class rules haven't been exceeded anywhere.
In 2000 when it was no longer politic to call the class's International championship, that alternated annually between UK and Holland, a World Championship, the NSCA presented a new trophy, the Green & Gates Trophy. This would be for the newly named "Nations Championship" and to perpetually honour the outstanding service to the class, throughout the years that had be made by both Jim Gates, as Chief Measurer and Ron Green as Hon Treasurer. It also recognised what a fabulous championship measurement team they had been at the Nationals for years and years.
Gordon Barclay NSCA Chief Measurer "
Jim was indeed a fine gentleman and is remembered with much fondness. He was one of the few select people who have helped shape the N.S.C.A into such a successful Class. I recall with warmth many memories where Jim's eyebrows were raised by some of the rule bending antics that used to go on. The great man would just shake his head, give it a scratch and provide the owner with a sympathetic smile and a "bring it back when it's right". He will indeed be sadly missed.
Greatest sympathies to Jim's family from the N.S.C.A.