Ken Bathers 1944-2018
I am saddened to report the death on September 20, aged 74, of Ken Bathers, President of Llangollen Maelor Angling Club. Ken was born and bred in Cefn Mawr, Wrexham. He was educated locally and commenced employment at the local brickworks before joining the chemical company Monsanto as a plant operator. He lived in Cefn Mawr until his passing and was a great champion for the village. Fishing the River Dee was Ken’s great passion although he also made trips to Alaska. He enjoyed being a gillie for Lady Malabar and her guests on the Llandyn beat of the Dee during the 70s and early 8os. Due to ill health his fishing had been restricted over the last 10 years. He remained, however, enthusiastic about the Dee. He was a great telephone man free with advice to all on river heights and the best beats to try. He was an accomplished fly-tyer and gave away thousands of flies over the years. I can hear him now saying “Give this one a go Bud you’ll definitely catch on that”. He kept the catch returns for the club and was genuinely excited when an angler rang to inform him of a salmon caught. He was soon on the phone letting the whole Dee Valley know the details. One of Ken’s proudest achievements was rearing brown trout for over 30 years in the outflow of the Monsanto chemical works. All the trout raised were stocked into the Dee. He served on the committees of the Local Fisheries Advisory Group, Welsh Salmon and Trout Association, Dee Fisheries Association and Upper Dee Angling Federation. He was also an honorary water bailiff for the National Rivers Authority. Some 18 years ago he established the International Grayling competition on the Dee. This has gone from strength to strength and this December will see 36 teams from the UK, Ireland and Europe. compete for the Hanak Trophy. Over these years Ken raised over £60,000 for the Welsh Dee Trust to carry out river habitat improvements. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Jean, daughter Tina, son Philip and four grandsons Aaron, Tomas, Glenn and Keenan., to whom we express our deepest sympathy.he will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew him.