Boris Johnson pays tribute to former rowing club captain

Boris Johnson pays tribute to former rowing club captain

Daniel Darlington

Boris Johnson pays tribute to former rowing club captain

MP's have paid their tributes to a former captain of Maidenhead Rowing Club, who has died aged 87.

Peter Sutherland, who died on Monday last week, was born in Ray Park Road, Maidenhead in 1925 and spent much of his early years rowing on the River Thames.

A bout of tuberculosis in 1950, contracted while on active service in the Far East, prevented him from competing for Cambridge University in the boat race.

Following in his father Douglas' footsteps he became captain of Maidenhead Rowing Club in 1953.

In 1960 he moved to Henley to set up an architecture practice and coached the Great British Olympic eights at the Rome Olympics the same year.

After three years as captain of the Leander Club in Henley Peter founded the Upper Thames Rowing Club with his wife Diane, to bring together the best rowers from the upper reaches of the Thames.

In 2008 Peter was awarded the MBE for his services to rowing.

Maidenhead MP Theresa May, paid tribute to Peter: "He was a great character and his devotion to rowing will live long in the memory, not least through the Upper Thames Rowing Club. He is a great loss and will be sorely missed."

Former Henley MP and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: "The world needs people who believe that the sun is about to come out any minute - and if ever there was a man who exuded optimism, good cheer and a general joie de vivre it was Peter Sutherland."

Peter's son Justin called his father a remarkable man.

"His greatest gifts were his sense of humour and his immense persistence," he said.

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