It is with great sadness that I have to inform our Members that PHILIP ANDREW RICHARD SALLIS passed away on 18th October in Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa.
“PAR” Sallis as he was always known, was Captain of our Club in 1971.
He attended Hampton Grammar School 1954-62 and took up rowing in about 1958. PAR rowed Bow in the first HGSBC VIII to enter the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup in 1961. In the second round they lost to eventual winners Shrewsbury. The following year, with PAR again at Bow and still at 10st 7lbs, they reached the Semi Final losing to eventual winners Radley.
In 1963 PAR had come to Molesey and rowed Bow in the VIII which won its three Junior/Senior events in seven days before winning the magnificent Thames Cup VIIIs trophy at Marlow.
In 1964 we rowed together in a Wyfold IV with John Wood and Roger Maskell. Before Henley we continually lost to a Marlow crew. At Henley we were coached by Chris Davidge – undoubtedly the greatest English oarsman of his generation. Chris pointed out that coaching during a race was forbidden but if he shouted “Well rowed Molesey” that was the signal to spurt! I think that shout started soon after the top of the Island! It was only at the Mile that we took the lead and won by a length.
After Henley we won Wyfolds at Kingston and Molesey regattas beating a fancied Weybridge crew. PAR was Bow Steers. After the Final at Molesey the Umpire, the renowned Freddie Page, came up to us in his launch and made the comment I will never forget “Molesey, I can’t admire your steering but I can admire your guts”.
I rowed with PAR several more times until my final Henley in 1968.
PAR’s parents and sister Sheila were great supporters and truly active helpers at both HGSBC and Molesey. In 1964 his father had the good sense to present his son with MBC Life Membership as his 21st Birthday present.
The sad news has reached many of our 1960s generation around the world. We all feel the loss of a good friend, a part of OUR Rowing community.
PAR was born on 7th January 1943 in Cardiff, Wales. He is survived by his children Mark and Anna in England and stepchildren Susan in Cape Town and Michael in London and by his three grandchildren, Joseph, Eliza and Emily. And of course by his sister Sheila.
A Memorial Service was held on 22nd October at St James the Great, Sea Point, Cape Town.