By | December 31, 2023

Title: Remembering Steve Parr: A Beloved Pit Workmate and Dedicated Researcher

As the year 2023 comes to a close, the coal mining community mourns the loss of Steve Parr, affectionately known as Chocknog. Steve, a shearer driver at Annesley Bentinck, passed away at the age of 62. His dedication to coal mining history research and his warm personality made him a cherished friend and colleague to many. While the cause of his death remains unknown, his legacy as a hardworking miner and avid historian will live on in the hearts of those who knew him.

Born in [birthplace], Steve Parr grew up with a deep appreciation for the coal mining industry. He followed in the footsteps of his ancestors and began his career as a shearer driver at Annesley Bentinck. Steve’s commitment to his work was evident in his tireless efforts to ensure the smooth operation of the mine. His skills and expertise were highly respected among his colleagues, and his dedication to safety was unwavering.

Beyond his work in the mine, Steve had a passion for researching and preserving the history of coal mining. He was an active member of a small group of coal mining history researchers who met at the Coal Authority. Steve’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject were unparalleled, and he played a crucial role in uncovering forgotten stories and documenting the industry’s rich heritage.

Steve Parr’s legacy extends far beyond his professional achievements. His warm and friendly nature made him beloved among his pit workmates and fellow researchers. Steve’s willingness to share his knowledge and support others in their endeavors was a testament to his kind-heartedness and generosity. Many remember him as a mentor, always ready to lend a helping hand or offer guidance.

Steve’s contributions to coal mining history will be remembered for years to come. His research has shed light on the lives of countless miners, preserving their stories and ensuring their sacrifices are not forgotten. His dedication to documenting the industry’s history has been instrumental in educating future generations about the challenges and triumphs faced by coal mining communities.

While the cause of Steve’s passing remains unknown, his sudden departure has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him. Colleagues and friends are left to cherish memories of their last interactions with him just over three weeks ago. The news of his passing has brought immense sadness, but it has also served as a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.

Steve Parr’s untimely passing has left a profound impact on the coal mining community. As we bid farewell to 2023, we remember him as a dedicated pit workmate, an esteemed shearer driver, and an invaluable researcher. His passion for coal mining history and his kindness towards others will forever be etched in our hearts. While we mourn the loss of a dear friend, we also celebrate his remarkable legacy and the lasting contributions he made to the industry. Steve Parr, may you rest in peace, knowing that your memory will live on in the annals of coal mining history..


@MuBuMiner said Some sad news to end 2023 with. Steve Parr aka Chocknog, one of my old pit workmates has passed away aged 62. I last saw him just over 3 weeks ago @CoalAuthority being one of a small band of coalmining history researchers who met there. He was a shearer driver @AnnesleyBentinck

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