Alf (‘Alfie’) Yellowley

DQSC Honorary Life Member

16 September 1926 - 25 October 2020



Alf passed away peacefully at Pinewood Nursing Home, Chidham in the early hours of Sunday 25 October 2020 with Sue by his side. He leaves us with many happy memories, three generations of active Dell Quay members and a patrol boat named after him. Alf was always very welcoming and warm, and had a legendary wit. He was well known throughout the harbour; he started his career as a boat builder in the Itchenor ship yard during the war building landing craft.

Alf joined Dell Quay as a family member in the early 60’s with a view to using his home built Mirror dinghy for fishing. Daughters Sue and Jean persuaded him to buy some sails and he launched their sailing careers by pushing them off assuming their competency having read ‘Swallows and Amazons’. He was very active at the club until the late 2000’s making the club his second home. His wide-ranging skills enabled him to maintain (and man) the rescue boats, club buildings, the re-building and extension of the old jetty with Ken Perry and provide an uplifting presence on the General Committee. He employed a number of younger club members in his horticultural business and taught them many skills, including boat building. He built and sailed the Mirror, a Firefly, Solo and Fireball, later moving into cruisers with Fairwind of Dell Quay and Chalvedune both of which carried a well provisioned drinks locker. Many wonderful and cheerful stories abound about his adventures on the water dinghy sailing, transporting dinghies and crew to regattas and Federation Week in his launch (‘Baby’) Fairwind and later, cruising. He was a regular at the bar putting the world to rights at the ‘Wednesday’ club. He was made an Honorary Life Member in 1984, in his words, ‘for plying the Commodore with sherry’. He survived his wife Margaret (‘Peg’) who passed away in 2012.

He loved Dell Quay and many members have fond memories of him.

He leaves behind two sisters, daughters Sue Pearson, Jean Sykes, Kathleen Whitehead, eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions his funeral service will only be attended by family members. If you wish to send a tribute to Alf and/or a donation to the RNLI please do so on The family plan to hold a memorial gathering at Dell Quay in the summer to share happy memories and to raise a glass to him.

Sue Pearson