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February 2016 English Bridge
matches were played, much fun was had but, alas,
success in the matches was missing!
At county level, John was elected President and,
during his year of office, managed to visit all EBUaffiliated
clubs in Norfolk, playing with whoever
each club provided as a partner for his visit.
John was a good friend to many, ever ready to
provide help and support when needed. He was a
true gentleman and will be much missed.
MALCOLM CONNOLLY (Norfolk): Malcolm peacefully
passed away in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
on 24th November. He was 83 years old and left a
son and two daughters.
For several months he had suffered with poor
health, which made life very difficult for him and
prevented him from playing his beloved bridge, but
he always coped with his characteristic cheerfulness.
Malcolm has been a stalwart of local bridge for
almost half a century and was a member of Norfolk
and Norwich, Noverre and Wymondham, serving
on various committees for lengthy periods. He
learned to play bridge while in the RAF during
National Service and returning to civvy street ran
garages for a time before going into local
government. He retired as Secretary to the Lord
Like many of us, Malcolm was a bridge addict
and would gladly play every day of the week if he
could. He never tired of it and during his long
playing career won many trophies at Club and
He firmly believed in straightforward natural
bidding with a bold style and partnering Malcolm
was never boring. The glass was always half full for
Malcolm, which together with him being very much
a 'people's person', made him a popular member
and partner. He will be sadly missed.
JUSTIN WICKENS (London): Justin died peacefully
on 24 December at a care home in North London
where he was for his last couple of weeks.
He was a stalwart of the British Telecom Bridge
Club - now Buttons - for 30 years and the director
for most of that time, bar a couple of stints while
working abroad. He leaves a big gap.
He has also directed regularly at Wimbeldon
Bridge Club on Saturdays.
Our thoughts are with his two brothers and sister.
It's never a good time to lose a loved one, but to do
so at Christmas is particularly difficult.