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Margaret Wort 1936-2020

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the death of West Midlands Bridge Club President and Chairman, Margaret Wort.  After suffering a short illness, Margaret passed peacefully away at home on Thursday 10 September 2020.

Margaret spent many hours working on behalf of the Club, joining the Board of Directors in 2003 and becoming Chairman in 2008, a post she held until her death.  In 2015 the Board unanimously agreed to appoint Margaret to the position of President of the Club.  She will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Margaret was a popular and regular player in Warwickshire Events.

We send Margaret’s family and friends our sincerest condolences at this very sad time.

It was Margaret’s wish that her funeral with family and close friends only.  So, as she takes her place at the eternal bridge table, we bid her a fond farewell. 

Ian Thompson 1943-2020
Ian Thompson 1943-2020

Ian had been fighting his pancreatic cancer with great fortitude for some time but finally succumbed on 20th August.  He had been a generous and hard-working member of Worcestershire CBA since resuming playing the game around the turn of the century.  His work as Education Officer extended into delivering a variety of teaching experiences both in Worcestershire and beyond, mainly in Warwickshire. 

Ian’s first bridge success in Worcestershire was in winning the Championship Teams in 1967/68 and one of his most recent was winning the same event in 2018/2019 – having won it a further ten times in between.  He also won the Phillipps Heats in 2018/2019 and was in the team leading the First Division of the League in 2019/2020 before Lockdown intervened.  His other successes in the County are too numerous to mention here but can be found on the County Honours Board.  His successes were not confined to Worcestershire, having won the Goodman Cup (Warwickshire’s Championship Teams event) in 1970/71 and 1974/75.  In 1971, partnering John Greenhalgh and representing Warwickshire, he won the Pachabo Cup.  More recently, he won the Warwickshire Pairs League Division A in 2016.  He was a member of the Worcestershire team that won the National Counties Teams of Eight in 2013/14, having won the Dawes Trophy that same year.  He won the Gerard Faulkner Salver in 2005 and, as a result, going on to represent England in the European Seniors Teams Championship in 2006.

Outside of bridge, Ian worked for IBM for many years and, on his “retirement”, turned his considerable talents to IT consultancy work for the NHS.  He was also Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Parenting Project charity. 

Ian had lived in Alcester with Loraine, his wife, for many years.  Our thoughts are with Loraine, his wife, and his daughters, Shona, Hannah and Joanna.  He was a generous and kind friend as well as an excellent and enthusiastic bridge player.   We will miss him.

Source: Worcestershire CBA Website.

Derek Andrews 1928 - 2018
Derek Andrews 1928 - 2018

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Derek Andrews.

Derek passed away at his home on Monday 20 August 2018, following a fall.

He was best known for his unswerving support of his late wife, Yvonne, who devoted over thirty years of service to Bridge in Warwickshire; was a Life Member of the County, and a Dimmie Fleming Award Winner. Derek, with Yvonne, were dedicated supporters of local events long after Yvonne retired from Office, attending almost every event in the Warwickshire calendar.

Following Yvonne’s death in 2016, it was clear to those who knew Derek well, that the loss of his wife and bridge partner was profound, and left a huge chasm in his life. Even so, Derek continued to support the West Midlands E team in Division 3/4 of the Warwickshire league.

Derek continued to play bridge and made some new friends. He was a very thoughtful player, and was always happy to help others through the medium of giving regular lessons. He greatly missed being across the table from, and at times sparring with, Yvonne – even when he was in trouble – but now, taking his seat opposite his beloved Yvonne at the Eternal Bridge Table, their bridge will finally be in perfect harmony with each other for all eternity.

Our sincere condolences go to Derek’s family and friends.