Friday, February 09, 2024

Gordon Denison

Calderdale birdwatchers were deeply saddened today to hear the news that Gordon passed away peacefully at home yesterday. He reached a very good milestone in his life as he celebrated his 90th birthday in November 2023. 

This is the photo taken at his 90th seen here holding the 'Annual Species Champion' trophy, a double-headed eagle, which he initiated back in 2003. He used it as an incentive to local 'birders' to record as many species as possible in Calderdale in each calendar year. He also left some funds to continue the yearly updates !

A keen and knowledgeable birdwatcher for many years he was well placed to inspire us slightly younger 'birders' with such friendliness, good humour, generosity and lots of enthusiasm in shared interests. Thank you so much Gordon.

Many wonderful comments have been shared today. We will ensure these are passed on to Anne and his daughter Jayne and the family in a card and later in a tribute to Gordon which will be included in the 2023 Annual Report.


Nick Carter said...

Very sad news indeed, Gordon was a mainstay of the Calderdale birding scene when I lived there and a strong advocate for local patchwork. He was a great inspiration to many of us and a pleasure to be around. He will be remembered for his enthusiasm, warmth and generosity of spirit, and also, as one regular birder affectionately referred to him as "Calderdale's best dressed birder." RIP Gordon and thankyou.

AndyC said...

Yes me and Gordon did a little dance when a Honey Buzzard flew over our heads at Ringstone...A
great inspiration and very well dressed local birder...RIP...

darrell j prest said...

great memories of gordon

i remember taking part in his year listing challenge, he was present with me at ringstone when i reached 100 in 100 days he was really chuffed as i think i beat the record for the fastest 100 species

great man loved his maps in the bird report