Obituaries 2010


Jeff was born in Midway, Derbyshire. He always loved sport and represented Derbyshire in the hurdles. His first proper job was as a watchmaker. He was a school governor and ran the London marathon to raise money for a local school. He didn’t do anything by halves he always gave 150%. His last job was as a Policeman where he gave 20 years of service. He was a proud member of the local Lions and prepared their special Christmas letters.

Diagnosed with Poems Syndrome shortly after running his second marathon; it took 3 years to diagnose him fully and his only option was chemotherapy

When his health permitted he was also a keen bowler. After joining the Swadlincote group of disabled bowlers called ‘ASSET’ he had a new lease of life. He did a lot of work for this group and was a strong advocate of what it had achieved, though he was modest about is own contribution.

In later life, Jeff’s second family was at Gresley church – his faith kept him strong and his involvement in the church magazine kept him busy and focused. Condolences go to his family and friends.


Peter passed away in Cambridge Hospital recently at the age of 67 after a twelve month struggle to recover from the effects of a serious car accident.

He was a war-baby. With his father away fighting he was brought up by his mother in Saffron Walden, Essex with his sister Pat. A keen sportsman from childhood, he took part in many sports. Latterly, he had been involved with wheelchair bowls and hill-climbing in light-weight cars. He had been involved in motor sport in one way or another since his twenties. He was also a keen participant in wheelchair bowls events – often travelling long distances to play.

The last twelve months had been a real struggle for him. But his innate single-mindedness – some would say stubbornness – saw him fight as hard as he could against the effects of the accident. Sadly, it was not quite enough and his family have told me that whilst they are so sad he has died they are relieved that he is no longer in pain. Condolences go to all his family and friends.


Martin was local government official in Buckinghamshire and bowled out of the Stoke Mandeville IBC. For many years, he was a regular helper at BWBA weekends and wheelchair national championships. He also managed an England team at one of the annual Home Countries Championships. Sadly he died recently at his home in Aylesbury. Condolences go to his family and friends.