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Obituary from Petersfield Bridge Club:

Ros Concanon  1948-2018

Ros Concanon was a member of the bridge club over 25 years, for twelve of those , she was Club Secretary.

Ros was an excellent bridge player, always kind, considerate and generous with her encouragement of less experienced players and novice directors.

Ros taught bridge, in Hampshire, for many years. She  encouraged both  duplicate and social rubber bridge, in her teaching

Her funeral will be on Tuesday, 11th December at 11.00. It will be held at Greenacres Heatherley wood , Grayshott rd, Grayshott, Hants, GU35 8LA

Rosemary Spencer

Rosemary was a keen supporter of the Hampshire and Southampton leagues.  For many years Rosemary took responsibility (with David) for running Southampton Sutherland Bridge Club, not only running the Friday duplicate sessions but also taking charge of the building.  She was active in the church and community generally and was kind, helpful and cheerful.  She will be sorely missed.  We extend our sympathy to David and their children and grandchildren.

Dr John Moore

By profession Dr John Moore was an industrial chemist working in elastomers. I first met John Moore playing bridge.  He was a member of our winning Sobranie team for players up to National Master in 1982. Our team then was John, me, Fred Hotchen and Garth Shilstone. All of us apart from Garth continued playing bridge with some success. It was with Fred that John won the EBU ranked masters.

In the county John was part of my winning Cahalan Cup team for years and he also won the Pottage pairs championship.  At National level he was a Hubert Phillips winner with Dave Huggett, Steve Preston and Heather Maidment. We won the Jersey teams with Dave Huggett and John Wheeler and with Andy Hughes and Steve Preston. He also won many mixed pairs events with Pauline Serby, a friend of many years standing. Lately in 2012 we won the GF Seniors with Dave and Steve.

In his home life with wife Rosemary, he was a gardener (his brother was a Hilliers horticulturist of note), a Marathon runner and reader and playgoer. We often met John and Rosemary by chance at Salisbury playhouse to compare notes on film, plays and books.  Though his penchant for the South American magic reality novels was somewhere I could not follow.

In recent years he cut back on bridge but we both met up and played in Guy Lawrenson’s team in the Lymington League. John was a very good friend and will be missed.

Jeremy Baker


Richard Harris
Richard Harris , Hants player who lived in Teddington , died  5th Feb.
His eyesight became too poor to play 2014 and he moved to sheltered accommodation .
He had been very poorly for some time , and in November 2018 he moved to a nursing home in Poole , nearer his sister.
His funeral is in Poole , Thursday 14th Feb.
Sue Hodgkinson

Sue Hodgkinson died on 20 October 2013.  She was Secretary at the Nursling & Rownhams Club and official scorer at Hythe Waterside Club.  She worked hard to recruit new people to the world of bridge and helped run classes for beginners.  She was generous in victory and defeat and was ever ready to help partners and opponents with little pointers on bidding and playing.  Sue is much missed and will be fondly remembered.




Dave Bessant

After a bravely fought long battle with Parkinson's Dave Bessant died peacefully on Saturday 24th June 2017. He played Bridge until recently and managed to retain his excellent defense play. In 2007 Dave was awarded The Tom Bradley Award in recognition of the time and effort he put into developing MiniBridge on the Isle of Wight within Middle Schools which led to the formation of a Junior Bridge Club. A stalwart member of the Island Bridge club since its foundation in 2005.  Dave was always seeking to help others and generally looking for ways to improving the overall standard of bridge The Award itself is signed on behalf of the E.B.U. June 10th 2007 and has the E.B.U logo on it.

Kathy Vaile

It is with sadness that we have to announce the death of Kathy Vaile on Saturday 14th November. Kathy was a staunch supporter of Hampshire Bridge and was a very successful and hard working Competition Secretary for many years. Her funeral service will be on Monday 7th December at the Baptist Church in Lymington at 2pm.