‘We are sorry to announce the death of Robin Witter on 5th December. He had been in poor health for some time and finally succumbed peacefully and
without pain at his home on Dee Banks. Robin had been one of the original members of CSCC , as a son of one of our Founders Colin Witter.
Robin was particularly active in the Canoe Section over many years in the 1960s, and was National Champion in the C2 slalom discipline on a couple of
occasions. Latterly he has been helpful to C.S.C.C. as a good next door neighbour in dealings with River matters.
We send sympathy and condolences to his family.’
His funeral arrangements are - Sung Requiem Mass at St Francis of Assisi, Grosvenor St, Chester 09.45
Thursday 22nd December followed by committal at Chester Crematorium 11.20am.
Thanks to Rodney Witter his Brother for this tribute.
I wanted to add a few words of my own as I wanted to highlight to canoe section members who didn’t know Robin what a huge contribution he has made to the world of canoeing and to our Chester club from the 1960’s onwards.
Robin organised the first National top division (then Division 1) Slaloms that were ever held in the centre of Llangollen on the River Dee from 1967 to 1971 and also International Slaloms on the same site. They must have been a massive task to organise not least because of having to put up the wires across that huge stretch of river for the slalom poles. He also got sponsorship to offset the costs and used the old Railway station to organise the even from as it was abandoned at that time. The Canoe section carried on organising this particular slalom into the early 1980’s.
Robin also owned and ran ACE Canoes initially based in Chester where he distributed distinctive plastic helmets that nearly all the competition slalom canoeists wore, and an early type of plastic kayak and canoe paddle. He then opened a factory in Deeside making the first plastic kayaks in this country. He carried on having an input into canoeing nationally through his involvement in canoe manufacturing.