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  • Rob Turner (1949 - 2019)

    It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Rob lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on 24 November 2019 shortly after his 70th birthday.
    Rob had played bridge in Yorkshire for nearly forty years and for most of the last twenty had been an EBU Tournament Director. He ran many local events and supported numerous county and national competitions as well as being involved in the training of new Directors.
    However he will be best remembered by YCBA as the county's webmaster for establishing the first website in 1999 and developing the current website. His outstanding work maintaining the website for the benefit of all YCBA members will never be forgotten. In particular the speed at which the Yorkshire League results were displayed sometimes within minutes of matches ending contributed enormously to the enjoyment of members participating in the county league.
    Rob also served on the YCBA Management Board for a number of years and undertook the role of Assistant Secretary from 2001 to 2008.
    Our deep and sincere condolences are extended to Mary, his life and bridge partner for forty years as well as his wider family, friends and bridge partners.

    Julia Staniforth YCBA Secretary

  • Les Brown
    September 2019
    We are sad to report the recent death of Les Brown.
    At various times Les had been a member of both Huddersfield Bridge Club and Bradford Bridge Club and had represented both clubs in the Yorkshire League. He had recent success with Roger Sharp, winning the Yorkshire Pairs in 2018.
    Les was a long-standing member of the YCBA and had edited the YCBA bulletin for many years. He was also the bridge correspondent for the Huddersfield Examiner for a period.

  • Nick Dyer 1951-2019
    We are sad to report that Nick Dyer, of Doncaster Bridge Club, passed away on Sunday 6th January.
    Our condolences go to all his friends and family.
    For more information please see the Doncaster Bridge Club website.
    The league match between Doncaster A and B was postponed as a mark of respect and will be played later this month.

  • Joe Kowalski
    Joe Kowalski, a member of Huddersfield Bridge Club for over 50 years, has died recently. It was sad to see his rapid decline in recent months at the club, but still remarkable that he was performing well at Bridge up until a few weeks before his death at the age of 96. Joe represented Huddersfield Bridge Club in county events and in the Yorkshire League until last season. His greatest success was winning the Northern Pairs with Peter Radley when he was already well into his eighties. They then came a highly creditable 6th in the National Pairs final. (Please click on the heading for more.)

  • Chris Quigley
    Many people will be sad to learn that Chris has died, after a short illness.
    She had been a stalwart and much loved member at Doncaster for many years,
    playing for their A team in the Yorkshire league, as well as for Yorkshire in the Northern Bridge League.

  • Bob Nicol, the Bradford steward
    To many Yorkshire players, Bob was a familiar figure they met whenever they visited Bradford Bridge Club.
    He had been at Bradford for 30 years, having been employed with his wife, Val, in 1986.
    Val died in November 1997 and Bob continued to work alone until this year, when his health deteriorated.
    He died on July 5th aged 74, leaving two daughters (Nicky & Debbie) and 5 grandchildren.
    Many in Yorkshire and the wider area will be sad to learn of his passing.
    The Bradford Kibbitzer carries an appreciation by Elaine van Heel, and (further on) a full obituary.
    Please click on the heading to visit.

  • Di Western: 1942 - 2016
    A long-serving Yorkshire player, Di sadly passed away on 8 March after a courageous fight with cancer.
    Please click on the heading for the obituary

  • Mavis Bamforth
    1927 – 2015
    It is with much sadness that we have been informed that Mavis passed away on 12 September. Mavis had been a member of Halifax Bridge Club since 1961. She was also a life member of Keighley BC and a member of Brighouse BC, playing for over fifty years in the Yorkshire League and in numerous county and national events. She will be sadly missed.

  • Giles Foster            4* Teams, 1992             Mixed Pivot
  • Members will be sad to learn that Giles Foster passed away on Monday 23rd February 2015 at about 12 noon in the Bradford Royal infirmary, having been in hospital since Thursday the 12th.
    Giles was born and brought up in Maidstone in Kent and grew up with a love of music, playing both the cello and piano. He moved to university in Leeds in the late fifties to study Maths and also began playing bridge. He was quickly taken under the wing of the - then international - Rita Oldroyd and she helped him to develop his game.
    After leaving university, he moved into teaching and what became a 30-year Maths teaching career.
    Giles had a very long and illustrious bridge career both in Yorkshire and nationally. He was a Grand Master and played for many years at national level with Rita and more recently with Richard Winter and Steve Ray. He often played for Yorkshire in the Tollemache and won the Waddington Shield on 9 occasions with 4 different partners. He was in the winning team in Division 1 of the Yorkshire League at least 10 times. In 1985 he won the very prestigious National Spring Fours with his Nottingham partner Wille Crook and later won the Silver Plate in 1990, Crockfords and the Brighton 4 star teams in 1992 and the National Teams Congress in 1996. Giles has been runner up both in the Hubert Phillips Bowl (twice) and the National Inter-Club Knock-Out.
    He was not in the best of health in recent years, but his appetite for bridge was undiminished. He won the last two events he played in: the Mixed Pivot Teams (December 2014) and the Yorkshire Pairs in January 2015. He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Sheila, who has also recently begun to play bridge in Giles' footsteps. We would all agree Giles had a quick wit and was very congenial at the bridge table. His natural enthusiasm and positive nature made him great company away from bridge too. We will certainly miss him.

  • Sheila Dunsby
    February 2015
    The sad news came in that Sheila Dunsby has died
    Please click on the heading to see the obituary.
    Cards and messages of condolence may be sent to David Dunsby at
    Wester Ground, Chittleham Holt, Near Umbersleigh, Devon EX37 9NU

  • Ted Bond
    Ted Bond, sadly, passed away on Tuesday 16th December after a short illness; he was 84.
    For some three decades Ted filled a wide range of roles in the YCBA, including Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Yorkshire League Secretary. He became a Vice-President in 2011, after relinquishing his other duties.
    In 2010 the EBU presented him with the prestigious Dimmie Fleming award for service to his county.

  • Peter Foster
    It is with great sadness that we have to report that Peter passed away on 30 September 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Peter was a founder member of Doncaster Bridge Club and served on its Management Committee for most of the time of his membership, working hard to ensure its successful operation and development. He also devoted a great deal of time teaching bridge to both those new to the game and those wishing to improve. He was a member of the YCBA Management Board from 2004 to 2008 and for many years organised and directed the Newcomers Pivot Teams event. Peter will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Gail, sons Matthew and Edward (all of whom play bridge) and their families at this sad time.

  • Helen Dunham
    We are sad to report that Helen Dunham died on 27th August 2014, at the age of 103. She was a member of Wakefield Bridge Club for over 30 years and played with her husband Fred. In 2007, Graham Jepson presided over a 70th wedding anniversary event at Wakefield. Helen used to play for Wakefield in the Yorkshire League, but has been living in Leicestershire since 2009. Source:Pat Dunham [pgzdunham@tiscali.co.uk]

  • Hubert Castle            Photo
  • The YCBA President, Hubert Castle, died peacefully on Thursday 20th February 2014.
    He was Chairman of the YCBA from 1976 to 1990 and Chairman of Huddersfield BC for many years. Bridge was his chief hobby, closely followed by gardening and, in his younger days, tennis. He played with a series of partners including his wife Cath, to whom he was happily married for over sixty years. He leaves five grandsons and ten great-grandchildren.
    He had passed his 100th birthday on 24th May last year.
    On the day after his birthday the family had invited over thirty bridge players to join them for a celebration lunch at Woodsome Hall Golf Club. As he did not want any presents, Hubert had indicated that a donation to the Salvation Army would be appreciated. When the Salvationists heard about this, they responded by sending a band to play for us after lunch in glorious sunshine. Not even the family knew that he was interested in the Salvation Army. Asked why he had chosen them, Hubert replied: ‘Because it was the only place where I could get a bath when I was in the army!’
    The Castle Swiss Pairs, named after him, continues to run every year at Huddersfield Bridge Club.

  • Ian Rodger
    We are very sad to report the death on Tuesday 10th September 2013 of Ian Rodger.
    Ian was a past chairman of Bramhope Bridge Club and also part owner of Leeds Bridge Club for several years,
    as well as being a valued member of the Yorkshire Management Board.
    Latterly he has played his bridge at Harrogate and Ilkley, representing Harrogate in the Yorkshire Leagues.
    Ian survived his wife, Mary, by just over 2 years. He will be greatly missed by his 2 sons, Tim and Chris, and by his many friends and bridge partners.

  • Sue Boag
    We are sad to report the death, on Friday 30th August 2013, of Sue Boag,
    formerly Secretary of Pickering and a steadfast member of YCBA

  • Jean Forrester
    Jean Forrester died aged 90 after a short illness on Thursday 13 June 2013. She had been playing regularly until just a month before her death and was a stalwart member of Wakefield Bridge Club for many years. She had also enjoyed playing as a member at Dewsbury, Ossett and Barnsley clubs, especially since the death of her husband in 1991. From that time on she devoted herself to the game, and spent many happy holidays playing at locations across the British Isles (including the Channel Islands!) right to the end.
    A Premier National Master, she represented Dewsbury 'A' team in the Yorkshire League until Dewsbury left the League, and then she played for Wakefield 'B' team up to and including her 90th year. Her enthusiasm for and expertise at the game continued undiminished: in September 2012 she won the YCBA Kath Grimoldby Sim pairs with a score of 67.2%; and after three events she stood in second place in the 2012-13 Victor Ludorum listings. In that same September she won the Club evening event yet again, and had a report of her outstanding declarer play published in the Yorkshire Post.
    Jean played with a range of partners, and was unfailingly courteous and generous to them all, and of course to her opponents - it was a pleasure to play at her table. She will be sorely missed not only at Wakefield but also at those other clubs and holiday events where she took such pleasure in the game.

  • Peggy Boocock
    Sad to say one of the founder members of Halifax Bridge Club, Peggy Boocock, passed away on 22nd February 2013.
    She had been a member of the club for over 60 years.

  • David ColleyPhoto
  • Yorkshire has lost one of its most respected and longest serving tournament players. The death on 15th January 2013 of David Colley at his home in Beverley has brought to an end a remarkable bridge playing career which began when he first represented the county in the 1952/3 season.
    David was taught to play bridge in Hull in the late 1940’s by his father, John, who was himself one of Yorkshire’s leading players of that era. They regularly played together in the annual 'Roses' match against Lancashire until 1961 when David formed a partnership with the late Eric Pudsey and they continued to represent the county until 1977.
    David, by this time, had already formed another partnership with Andrew Petrie and this continued for many years during which time they played regularly for Yorkshire in the Tollemache trophy, reaching the final on a number of occasions.
    Due to ill-health, David played his last match in the Yorkshire League in November, 2011. He had played for Hull continuously for 60 years – a remarkable achievement.
    He played regularly at Hull bridge club right up to the end, winning a duplicate session with his friend, David Wilson, less than a week before his death.
    David will, I know, be remembered affectionately by all who knew him and we are very grateful for his major contribution to the bridge scene in Yorkshire over such a long period of time. Philip Mason.

  • John Payne
    Many people will be saddened to learn of the death of John Payne, long associated with Brighouse Bridge Club. Latterly, John was their match secretary and captain of the A team. He died of a heart attack on 23rd October 2012 and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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