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Bridgnorth In Mourning

posted Dec 10, 2019, 5:44 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
Bridgnorth Bowling Club and the whole south Shropshire bowling fraternity is in mourning following the death of one of its great servants and characters.

Club stalwart John Richards died on November 27 after a long illness, aged 79 - and, following a private family-only cremation, there will be a service of celebration and thanksgiving tomorrow (Wednesday 11th December) at St Mary’s Church, Bridgnorth at 1.30pm.

JR  joined the Bridgnorth club in 1981 as a newcomer to bowls, becoming Club Captain in 1992 and taking over the maintenance of the green and machinery in the mid nineties.

“He served on the committee for many years, was made a life member around 2008 for services to the club and continued with the green until 2016,” said Bridgnorth treasurer Dave Winwood, who joined at the same time as JR.

“As well as the Mid Shropshire League, John was a big supporter of the Highley League and he was its vice-chairman for four years.

“He enjoyed going back to his roots, playing in the Wolverhampton and South Staffs League on a Saturday and in the Works League on a Monday night.

“A larger than life character, John was a very valued and hard working member of our club and will be sorely missed.”

Highley Legue chairman Mark Bennett added: “John was a big supporter of the Highley League and was my vice-chairman as the league grew into two divisions - and a big support to me when I succeeded Tony Roche to the chair.

“Our thoughts are with his wife Jill and the rest of John's family at this time.”