It is with great
sadness the Club received news that Des passed away suddenly in January, 2021. Des
was known as everyone's friend and a wonderful bowling colleague.
When people pass away, they are sometimes remembered as being
“angels” or “angel-like”. A close friend of Des feels that title absolutely
describes him since he was always ready and willing to help anyone at anytime, day
Des was regarded by many as the best “Lead” in the club but
also as a true sportsmen and a gentle giant. Playing against him was always a
delight – he never became anxious or distracted but always ready to
encourage his own team’s performances or
compliment his opponents.
member comments : “Des was a formidable opponent
- he played with what are probably the largest bowls in the club - they would
be more appropriate on the gun deck of HMS Victory. To see them coming towards
your bowls was always worrying, He
was a great player and the nicest man you could wish to meet and play with or
If you had Des as a member of your team – whether league or
roll-up – you were invariably off to a flying start. Opening good shots just
got better and better – Des was almost a one-man-team at times!
His modesty was wonderfully illustrated
when he won a Bowls International Hot Shots Club award – playing with his partner one Tuesday
morning in the Planets League. After the game, he was quietly reserved but so
delighted for his partner and for himself.
Without doubt, Des was an outstanding club member. His
presence at the Brecks will be hugely missed. His kindness, support and
encouragement are part of our treasured memories of the big man with a big
heart and generous nature.
We will certainly miss you Des. Thank you for sharing
so much with us. Our sincere condolences to Christine and her family.