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  • Obituary: Connie Warren, England international

    October 14, 2021

    A heart of gold, a loyal friend and a player who delighted in leading officials a merry dance but always with a twinkle in his eye: former England international, Connie Warren, died on October 12th aged 81.

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  • Obituary: Cicely Palmer, national elections scrutineer

    September 6, 2021

    Cicely Palmer, who played a key role in the AGM and election processes for Table Tennis England has died just a few weeks after her husband Jim, who was National Elections Scrutineer.

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  • Obituary: Jim Palmer, national elections scrutineer

    July 20, 2021

    Tributes have been paid to Jim Palmer, Table Tennis England National Elections Scrutineer, who has passed away after a short illness.

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  • Obituary: Eileen Allison, much-loved referee

    June 1, 2021

    Eileen Allison, a much-loved referee and stalwart of VETTS competitions, has died suddenly at the age of 68.

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  • Obituary: Veterans’ world champion Fred Lockwood

    May 26, 2021

    Fred Lockwood, twice a veterans’ world champion and also a double European champion, has died after a long illness.

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  • Obituary: The great Chester Barnes

    March 19, 2021

    Tributes have been paid to Chester Barnes, a great enigmatic talent of table tennis, who has died suddenly at the age of 74.

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  • Obituary: England international Peter Williams

    February 26, 2021

    It is with much regret that we have learnt former England International, Peter Williams, has passed away.

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  • Obituary: Geof Bax, veterans’ world champion

    February 1, 2021

    Geof Bax, veterans’ world champion, VETTS stalwart – and star of a National Lottery film about table tennis – has died at the age of 88.

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  • Obituary: Eric Todd, BATTS founder

    November 30, 2020

    Eric Todd, a founder of the BATTS club in the 1980s and who played a pivotal role in its development over the years in its many locations and guises, has died at the age of 87.

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  • Obituary: Ron Bayliss, Draycott & Long Eaton TTC founder

    November 23, 2020

    Roy Bayliss, a stalwart of table tennis in the East Midlands, has passed away aged 88.

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  • Obituary: Bob Stannard

    November 2, 2020

    It is with much sadness that we learnt that Bob Stannard died on Friday, October 30 at his home in Hayes, Middlesex after a long […]

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  • Obituary: Harold Evans, journalist and ‘ping pong nut’

    October 22, 2020

    Newspaper editor, historian, author and in his own words “a ping pong nut”, Sir Harold was perhaps best known during the time he was editor of the Sunday Times.

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  • Obituary: Gerald Gurney – historian, collector, ESTTA stalwart

    August 5, 2020

    Table tennis historian and collector Gerald Gurney, a Table Tennis England Vice-President, died on July 8 at his home in Great Bromley, Essex.

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  • Obituary: International umpire Heather Masters

    June 29, 2020

    Top-class international umpire, Heather Masters, has passed away aged 90.

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  • Obituary: John Burtenshaw

    June 11, 2020

    John Burtenshaw, a Vice-President of Table Tennis England who served the sport for more than six decades, has died a week after his 87th birthday.

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  • Obituary: England international Peter Shead

    June 3, 2020

    Peter Shead, a former England international and prominent player of the 1950s and 1960s, has passed away aged 91 at his RAF flat in Rottingdean, Sussex.

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  • Obituary – Peter Rainford

    May 29, 2020

    I am sorry to have to inform you of the recent passing of one of Preston TT Association’s longstanding members, Peter Rainford. Although Peter never […]

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  • Obituary: Tony Ross, administrator and photographer

    May 19, 2020

    Tony Ross, prominent administrator and prolific photographer, and double recipient of the Ivor Montagu Award, died on April 22 in Hull.

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  • Obituary: Bobby Raybould, England international

    April 23, 2020

    Former England International and National Champion, Bobby Raybould, has died. Bobby was born in Stratford, London on 8th December 1934 and was a prominent Essex player before going on to play for his country.

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  • Obituary: England international Ronnie Allcock

    March 31, 2020

    Ronnie Allcock, who has died aged 90, started playing table tennis when he was 15 years old and was coached by Stan Proffitt at that hotbed of table tennis in the north, Manchester YMCA.

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