He had been hospitalised for a non-Covid related illness and after one remission and return home a couple of weeks ago returned again to hospital a few days ago.
Our thoughts are with Sheila and all the family (inc great grandchildren) we will miss a long standing member, keen supporter and great friend to many at the club.
David was a keen Scorpion sailor, coming from Newark Argonauts in 1992, he was a measurer and an excellent woodworker. He constructed the Training Board in the clubhouse and did lots behind the scenes, often quietly and without a fuss.
He had a lovely generous spirit, even last year he was regularly down having glass of wine or beer, and often buying others drinks. Wine and Whisky are his favourites however. The Puddleduck trophy was donated by the Stephens, and he was a keen supporter of junior sailing.
He loved caravanning with Sheila and had booked to go to France this year.
Nadina has written the following:
David Stevens was one of the earliest members of Retford Argonauts SC (later Newark Argonauts) which was founded in 1958 and which used to be near the sugar beet factor in Newark. He was one of the first people in the East Midlands to sail a Scorpion (designed 1960). Although his original chosen sport was horse riding (to which he was well suited by his light frame), he became an excellent sailor and was the winner of the Scorpion trophy at RASC year in and year out for many years – sailing boats which he had always made himself and which were crewed in turn by his three children, Penny, Anthony and Amanda. His precision and woodworking skills were second to none – even though they were just hobbies he enjoyed in his spare time. He was a much sought after repairer of wooden boats in the area at a time when Nigel Potter was still in short trousers. He was a national measurer for the Scorpion Association and also edited the class journal, Scorpion News, for a while. As Honorary Secretary of RASC, he promoted the Scorpion with uncomplicated bias to any newcomer who asked his advice on what boat to buy. This was, indeed the reason why the fleet was to become so strong there and, later, at NCSC after RASC folded in 1995. Indeed, the fleet has continued to thrive at NCSC – which is now the only club in the country to have regular Scorpion fleet racing. It was he who first donated the solid silver Puddleduck Trophy as a prize for juniors. But above all of that, he was a great man: hard working, with tremendous energy, a great party man and never seeming to grow old. He was generous to a fault and admired and loved by a very wide circle of friends. He will be sadly missed by all.