Tribute paid to “larger than life” Epworth man

Stephen Arthur Selby.

Stephen Arthur Selby.

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Tribute has been paid to a “larger than life” Isle character who sadly passed away last month.

Tribute has been paid to a “larger than life” Isle character who sadly passed away last month.

Stephen Arthur Selby, 68, was well known for his role as president of Epworth Mechanic’s Institute, and this week members of the library spoke of his love for the facility.

Head librarian Peter Frost and honorary secretary Christine Pledger said Mr Selby had served as president since 2012 and vice-president from 1999-2012. He was also chairman of the Library’s Trustees.

Peter said: “As an Epworth man, he cared deeply about the library and helped continue its existence as Epworth’s oldest active secular society. He was not afraid to adopt a “hands on” approach and would offer help wherever it was needed. He could often be found in the library and he would select a book, apparently at random from the shelves and stand quietly reading it. His generous, outgoing nature meant he would often engage visitors and members in conversation and he displayed a wide depth of interests and knowledge. He was knowledgeable about Epworth and the Isle of Axholme, but also events further afield. He was able to freely quote from sources both literary and factual and was not above adding quotes and the odd line of poetry should the occasion demand.

“Stephen Selby was “larger than life” in every sense of the word and his cheerful disposition and enthusiasm will be missed by all those who knew him. The library is proud of his long association and service as a member, trustee, vice –president and president.”