A Tribute to Bill Burdus

Dear President,
I was very sorry to learn of the death of Bill Burdus in January. Bill
was DUBC First Eight coach in the early 1960s, at a time when Newcastle
was one of the Durham Colleges, so we had a crew made up jointly from
Newcastle and Durham. I coxed the eight in 1962 and 1963 and got to know
Bill very well. I recall regular trips to the (old) boathouse at Newburn
from Durham in Bill’s 2.8 litre Jaguar (a “Morse”-type car), which was
more comfortable than some of the student vehicles! Club records will
show that we won the Ortner Shield at the Tideway Head in 1963 thanks to
Bill’s dedication and inspired coaching. What is probably lost in the mists
about our 1963 travel to London is that, in addition to his Jaguar Bill had
a “blown” VW Beetle which was very quick and very interesting to drive round
bends. For some unknown reason, Bill asked me to drive this down to
London for him, and we managed to complete the journey safely although
the crew travelling with me perhaps preferred my steering of the eight
to the car (there was no speed limit on the M1 in those days).
Anyway, I remember Bill with great fondness and would be grateful if you
would pass on my belated condolences to his family.
With all good wishes,
Peter Clare