Tight lines: Anglers’ farewell to David Triffitt and Brian Hooker

THE Derwent Valley angling community has lost two well known identities with the recent deaths of David Triffitt and Brian Hooker, writes Brian Crosswell.

Farewell to David Triffitt

David Triffitt served as the New Norfolk Licensed Anglers’ Association weigh-master for 20 consecutive years, club patron for 10 years, vice president in 1994/95 and 1996/97 and was continually active within the club for 44 years right up until his recent death.

David, along with Barbara, his wife of 67 years, and their family, were very keen trout anglers. Lake Sorell, Lake Echo and Lake St Clair were some of their favourite waters. Following the closure of Lake Sorell camping area where they had a site for several years, David and Barbara had a shack built at Arthurs Lake and enjoyed many times there with the family.

David was made a life member of NNLAA in 1993, awarded a Services to Angling Certificate from the Southern Tasmanian Licensed Anglers Association in 2001 and made a life member of that association in 2011. All of these accolades were richly deserved.

In 2023 the New Norfolk club introduced a new perpetual trophy named after David Triffitt and Peter Hodge to be awarded along with the heaviest trout of the season trophy. This is a mark of the respected positions they held within the club.

David and Barbara could always be relied upon to be active in all club activities and projects including the construction of the original boat ramps at Lake Binney, Lake Echo and Arthurs Lake as well as the Millbrook Rise ramp at New Norfolk. They regularly attended our Bushy Park junior pond days.

A well respected and admired member of our club he still found time to be active in other clubs and associations and was awarded life memberships of the New Norfolk Hockey Club and the Avicultural Society of Southern Tasmania.

David is survived by Barbara and five of their six children, as well as 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. After a short illness, David passed away peacefully at the Royal Hobart Hospital on May 11 aged 88. His funeral is to be held on June 5.

Vale Brian Hooker

Brian Hooker was another very keen angler. Brian was very active within the New Norfolk Anglers, serving the club as president for the 1971/72 season, treasurer for the 1966/67 and 1967/68 seasons and competition master fro 1967-70 as well as serving on the committee for five years.

A very competent fly fisher, Brian’s favourite location was Lake Sorell but he also landed many good fish from Lake Pedder in its heyday. His expertise also saw him working as a trout fishing guide at the London Lakes where he put clients onto plenty of trout.

Brian was also very involved with the New Norfolk Apex Club, joining in 1973 and remaining a member until the compulsory retirement age of 40 in 1980 after serving as club president in his final year. Brian’s wife Celia was a member of the New Norfolk Delta Club (wives and partners of Apex members) and together they participated in many of the community service schemes and social occasions organised within the clubs, which created many life long friendships.

The records show that Brian’s term in the presidency was one of the most active service scheme years in the New Norfolk Apex Club’s history, with schemes including the rewiring of the Esplanade power system for the then New Norfolk Regatta Association, starting work on a barbecue shelter for the Esplanade and probably the largest service scheme the club ever undertook with the manning of gates and canteen at the speedway at Sorell Creek for seven speedway meetings.

Brian passed away on May 7 after a long illness. He is survived by wife Celia and their three children and eight grandchildren. Brian’s funeral service was held at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in New Norfolk on May 13.

Condolences to the family and friends of Mr Triffitt and Mr Hooker. They will long be remembered.

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