Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners – statement regarding the death of Harbour Master Stephen Chick

HR, Obituaries, Ports & Terminals — By on January 13, 2016 at 3:01 PM
Commodore Stephen John Click

Commodore Stephen John Click

13 January 2016 – Brightlingsea, Essex, UK – It is with great sorrow that Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners pass on the sad news that Brightlingsea Harbour Master, Commodore Stephen John Chick, CBE, RN(Rtd), died suddenly at home on Saturday, 9 January 2016, aged 55. Jim Addison, Chairman of the Commissioners stated “Steve’s sudden death is a tremendous shock to all involved with Brightlingsea Harbour.  He has been Harbour Master here for eighteen months; his energetic approach, commitment and skills will be sorely missed, but will leave a lasting legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends at this time.”

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.

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.

The Commissioners met on Tuesday 12 January to confirm the interim harbour management arrangements. David Boughton, the recently-appointed Deputy Harbour Master, will assume operational Harbour Master duties, whilst Jim Addison will become Executive Chairman temporarily, with oversight responsibility for strategy and external relations.

Jim Addison added “The Commissioners have every confidence that David and his team will maintain the smooth and safe operation of the Harbour during this interim period. It is another tribute to Steve’s legacy that such transitional arrangements, although not anticipated, were relatively straightforward to implement.”

The Commissioners will be seeking a suitable replacement for the Harbour Master role in due course.

Further information about Brightlingsea Harbour can be found at


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