It is with deep sadness that the National Federation of Anglers has to announce the death of Dennis Stanley. Dennis was our NFA South West Regional Officer for many years until ill health forced him to retire. He will be remembered mostly for the ground breaking work he undertook regarding overhead powerlines.

Dennis was born in the 1920’s in Bristol but spent most of his life in Taunton. He was a founder member of Taunton Angling Association set up after the second world war and served over the years as Secretary, Chairman and then President. He made the club into the force which it is today. He was also a dedicated member of the Somerset Federation of Anglers and served in various roles in that organisation until it dispanded a few years ago.

Dennis was a delegate for the NFA to the South West Region and became involved in the NFA at both a regional and national level. He served the NFA well as Chairman of the Competitions Committee and was the driving force behind the Overhead Power Lines Committee.


He served for twenty years on the National Executive Council and upon his retirement was awarded Life Membership of the NFA. He was also made a Life Member of the South West & South Wales region for his work within the Region.

Dennis served on many other committees over the years and was, for a time involved with the old River Board (pre Environment Agency days).

Dennis is survived by wife Madge, son Barry, and a grandson Lee who has a reputation as a good angler.