Peter Henry Clay (Pete)
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of a true and much valued friend, supporter and ex Director of Woodbridge Riverside Trust (WRT).
Pete was instrumental in the formation of WRT. As a member of the Woodbridge and Melton River Action Group (WAMRAG), Pete together with other colleagues envisioned and brought WRT into being in 2003. He was a Director from November 2008 until June 2020 when he resigned to concentrate his enormous energy and enthusiasm into the Sutton Hoo Ships Company’s construction of the Replica of the great burial ship.
However, even having laid down his batten for the Trust, Pete was never far from the Longshed over the rest of his life and was always there to explain and help visitors understand both the ship build and also what WRT were doing, working many days as a volunteer steward along with his lovely wife, Nancy – and not forgetting Barney his dog.
At the time when WRT lost their tow vehicle for taking their half-length boat Sae Wylfing to shows and events, Pete was first in line with an offer of a vehicle.
Woodbridge Riverside Trust have much to thank this wonderful man for.
He will be sorely missed.
So sorry to hear of the passing of Pete. His fellow students and friends from his days at the Newark School of Violin Making will remember his laid back style and quiet confidence. I well remember the day he set off for the USA for his wedding to Nancy to whom I send condolences on behalf of all those old friends,