With great sadness we announce the recent passing of Steve Pryer. From all of us at the Club we send our deepest condolences to Steve’s family and friends at this very sad time. Further details regarding funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. 

For many of us, Steve was a fantastic friend with a huge personality. His enthusiasm for the Club and the events he hosted with us were legendary. As was his generosity of time, encouragement and commitment. As demonstrated most recently at our wine tasting and pairing evening in April that he co-hosted with our President Martin Tinsley. And it’s to Martin we have turned for some words to mark this very sad loss. 

I am sure many of you will have heard by now of the tragic passing of Steve Pryer. Steve was holidaying in Ireland with his family when he suddenly collapsed on a beach and despite all efforts, failed to respond. Many Club members knew Steve because he was one of those endearing characters, on court and in the bar. Seldom have I met someone so generous, effusive and complimentary. We all know of his tremendous knowledge of wine but also a great cook which I guess bears out the reason why he was the editor of all things food and wine at the Evening Standard and was a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. He was a big man with a big heart and despite his stature, a great skier. We enjoyed several ski holidays together with our skiing group and I recall only once seeing him go over, when someone collided with him. He was always the life and soul of the party, entertaining us with a guitar and leading the charge into the restaurants and bars. I am sure friends and members will join me in sending our heartfelt condolences to Jenny, the children and the wider family. Rest in peace Steve, you will be so sorely missed.

Martin Tinsley, Club President


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