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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

Mayor.

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

County competitions.

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.

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