We are sad to announce the death of Arthur Bowyer at the age of 91.
Arthur was a keen member of the bridge club playing for the "A" team for many years and winning several of our competitions including the Woodier Cup, Hammersley Cup and Richard Buckby Trophy on more than one occasion as well as The Don Smith Trophy.
Arthur first joined the LCBA way back in the 1950s and if not a founder member of The County Bridge Club was one of its earliest members. A snippet from the minutes of the LCBA Committee meeting of 28 January 1958 the following is recorded: “New member – Mr Bowyer of the BB Chemical Co. proposed by Mr H Crammer seconded by Mr Crane.”
Some of you may realise that “Mr Crammer” is commemorated by the Hyman Crammer trophy and may remember that “Mr Crane” was Ralph Crane who owned Crane’s Club, 1 St James Road, currently the County Bridge Club.
Arthur played for many years with distinction, winning many local trophies (the Josephs bowl, the Leicestershire cup, the Buckby cup and others) and playing in the first division of the Leicestershire league. He formed successful partnerships with Ralph Crane, Arthur Bloxham, his son (Paul) and Ken Ford.
Many of the tributes that have been made to his family have used the word “gentleman” to describe him. That’s an old fashioned word but it sums up a thoroughly decent man of old-fashioned virtue. He will be missed.
He leaves behind a wife (Zoe), two sons and two grandchildren.
Funeral has been arranged for Thursday 2nd April at South Leicester Crematorium, Countesthorpe at 11.00am. Afterwards there will be some refreshments at Adkinson's funeral directors in Oadby. No flowers by request, but donations may be made to LOROS.