Former RNPA member Steve Potten died of pneumonia and other medical complications on Friday 29th January in Maidstone Hospital, Kent.
Steve, 82, who lived in Snodland, Kent, had been in poor health for most of the past two years.
He joined the Navy in 1956 aged 17, and served for nine and half years. He was a member of
No 24 Phot II's Qualifying Course which included Tony Parsonage, Gordon van Dyke and Ray
'Scouse' Marshall under instructor PO David 'Taff' Eyres.
Steve was a popular member of the phot. section team for the first commission on the newly-
launched HMS Victorious which, following her seven year £20M rebuild, made her the most
upto date aircraft carrier in the world.
After leaving the navy Steve freelanced as a wedding photographer and supplemented his
income working in bars before, with partner Cliff Kent, creating a highly successful photographic
business operating from the Hackney area of London. A prestigious client list included American
multi-national company Estee Lauder.
Steve is survived by wife Linda and her three children from a previous marriage, Nichola, Karen
and James, who Steve adopted as youngsters.
The Photograph… Friends Reunited
The picture was taken in 1999 when they all met for the last run of the Royal Tournament at Earls Court.
Steve is on the back row on the right. The other phots. in the picture are:
Bill Porter, back row left, with Nigel Craft in the centre.
Ray Pogson and Pete Thorne are at the front.