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.