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Bridge players in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire will be saddened to know that Ian Constable died on February aged 74. Ian was so positive and brave throughout his illness; he never failed to welcome his friends, join in the conversations and give his opinion about bridge hands. His regular presence in the Cheltenham Bridge Club will be missed by all his partners and his many friends.
Ian was born in Oxford and worked as a consultant in the quarry industry. His work took him all over the country. He met Val in 1984 and has lived happily in Gloucestershire ever since. Ian and Val have four adult children, Richard and Sophie, Adam and Ollie and seven grandchildren. In recent years the growing family has been such a joy to them both.
Ian and Val have played successful county and club bridge for very many years. The county records go back to 1989 and at most AGMs Ian name is newly engraved on at least one cup. Most of his successes are with Val but Individual and Men’s pairs competitions are also among his many triumphs.
Ian was proud of his record in the Cheltenham Congress. We know he played in the Congress for over fifty years and most of the time with John Gibson his friend from university.
Ian was a member of the County Committee where he held a number of offices including the office of President in 1997. He also captained the Gloucestershire Tollemache team.
Ian had a variety of interests outside of his work and bridge. Ian was working on an Austin 7 and sadly it was so very nearly drivable when he became too ill to complete it. Ian loved walking and everyday he would be out, with his dog, whatever the weather. Music was important to him whether it was listening at home or at a concert.
Sandy Constable. 1919-2015
Oxfordshire bridge lost one of its great characters in 2015 with the death of Sandy Constable, aged 95. Sandy flew with the RAF in WWII and was one of the top bridge players in the county for much of his life, forming successful partnerships with Viscount Richard Parker and others. With a glass of red wine in his hand, he was still playing well just a few weeks beforehand, usually in a team with his son, Ian, Ian's wife, Val, and Sandy's daughter, Lynne Hayes, an England international - the Constabulary, as they were known.
Sandy was a much valued member of both Oxford Bridge Club and the Oxfordshire Bridge Association. He played a major role in getting the plans drawn up and the building works carried out to make the Banbury Road premises a suitable venue for playing bridge. He was a member of the Club Committee for several years and Chairman of the Club from 1977 to 1980. He was President for two decades, in which role he was a ready source of help and advice to the Management Committee.
Sandy was also influential in establishing the OBA County nights and played representative County level bridge for many years. He served as Chairman of the County Association, and later as President from 2001 to 2007.
In 1997 Sandy received the Dimmie Fleming Award from the English Bridge Union, to mark his contribution to bridge in the County; and in 2001 his contribution to Oxford Bridge Club was honoured with the award of Honorary Life Membership.
Sandy was witty, generous and a true gentleman of the game. He will be greatly missed.