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Pam Sims (Sept 2022)

We are sad to report the recent death of long-time Indoor member Pam Sims.

Pam was heavily involved in the running of the Ladies indoor section for many years before coming their last ever Captain in 2012-13 before the mens and ladies sections were amalgamated.

She has continued playing until very recently and as such will be very well known to the majority of our lady members.




Bob Hart (July 2022)

We have been informed of the recent passing of former full member of the Club Bob Hart.

Bob originally joined in 2017 before leaving recently due to ongoing illness.

His funeral will be held at Southend Crematorium on Friday 26th August at 2:45pm.




Ivor Finer (August 2022)

We have been informed of the passing of Outdoor member Ivor Finer.

Ivor took up bowls for the first time at the start of this season and got the bug immediately, entering all sorts of leagues and competitions at the first opportunity.

Sadly he soon became very unwell and has been in hospital for the past 7 weeks before passing recently.




Morris King (July 2022)

We are sad to announce the death of long-standing member Morris King.

Morris had been a member for well over 20 years, in that time winning the Lionel Clarke disc in 1999, the Friday morning league 4 times and becoming Club President twice, in 2004 and 2009. He also, in recent years, had the Tuesday morning league named after him.

In more recent times, Morris had continued playing regularly with the wheelchair group once a week.

When we have heard of the funeral details they will be added to this notice.




Trevor Hood (June 2022)

We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Trevor Hood.

Whilst he had not been a member of the Club for all that long, he left a big impression whilst here including being part of our first Coastal Cup winning squad.

He was also participating in the Fantastic Fives national competition but most will know him for rolling up incessantly which took him from a newcomer to a very good player in a short space of time.

Trevor's funeral will be held at Corbets Tey Crematorium, Ockenden on the 1st August at 12noon.




Neda Marlow (May 2022)

We sadly report the recent death of Neda Marlow, a long-term Social member of the Club.

Neda lived next door in Winton Lodge and often visited the Club with friends and family to use the Kitchen and watch some bowls.

When we have further details regarding the funeral we will update this notice.




Karen Sanderson (March 2022)

We regret to inform that Indoor member Karen Sanderson passed away this morning after a short stay in Southend General with Breast Cancer.

Karen had been a member here since 2014 and also played outdoors at Rayleigh BC.

Details of her funeral will be posted here when they become known.




Jim Osborne (3/12/21)

We have been informed that Jim sadly passed away recently, peacefully, at the age of 92, at home, amongst his family.

Jim was a long-time member of our Indoor section, as well as playing at Fairwood BC outdoors.

Details of the funeral will be added to this notice when known.




Michael Freeborn (Oct 2021)

Sadly one of our Club Life Members Michael Freeborn died peacefully surrounded by his family on 29th October 2021 aged 83.

Michael was very active in the Club during the 1970's & 1980's, including playing many games for the County in that time frame.

As a point of interest, he is one of only 2 members here ever to win the 2 Mens Club Singles Championships (Indoors and Outdoors) in the same year - 1982.




Stan Schaffer (Nov 2021)

We have received the sad news that Stan passed away following a recent hospitalisation.

Stan was a very well known and liked member of the Club for many years, perhaps best known for his ever-present help with the Wheelchair section. He was also a very good player, memorably winning the Smidmore Pairs in 2005 with his grandson who was a Cadet at the time.

Stan’s funeral will be held on Thursday 11th November at 2pm at Southend Crematorium – all are welcome – strictly family flowers only please.

The Wake will be held immediately after here at Essex County Bowling Club, as with the funeral all members of the Club are very welcome to attend.




Josephine Woollard (Sept 2021)

We are sad to report the death of Josephine (Jo) Woollard.

Jo had been a full member of the Club since 2015 along with her husband Ray, who we wish well at this awful time. She was very well known amongst the Ladies section being a regular bowler.

When we receive further details we will update this notice.




Graham Evans (Sept 2021)

We are sad to report the death of Graham Evans following a long battle with Cancer.

Graham was a full member of the Club since 2016, but will be known to many of our members for far longer than that, having been bowling in local circles for many years previously.

He was a true ‘student’ of the game, owning a huge number of sets of bowls and often found rolling up for hours on end with many different sets to discover the magic formula!

A close family only service will take place on Tuesday 12th October. However the family would like to invite anyone that knew Graham and would like to come along and celebrate his life and share their stories and memories of Graham, with them at Thorpe Hall Golf Club from 12pm onwards. 

So the family have a vague idea of how many people might be coming along could you please let Chris Sorrell know on either 07710 503492 or hockleystalky@yahoo.co.uk




Keith Williams (August 2021)

We are sad to announce the recent death of Indoor member Keith Williams.

Keith had been a member here for many many years, as well as playing at Thorpe Bay outdoors during that time.

Keith was extremely sociable and had time for anyone for a chat, he will be greatly missed.




Len Berry (July 2021)

We are sad to report the death of Len Berry, following hospitalisation with sepsis.

Len had been a member here since 2012, as well as bowling outdoors at Chalkwell for many years.

He was an extremely popular and easy going man who will no doubt be missed by all who knew him well.

Len's funeral will be held on Monday 16th August at Southend Crematorium at 12:40pm. Family flowers only please. Donations to Sepsis Trust. The Wake will follow at Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend-on-Sea.




David Harrod (June 2021)

David sadly died following a prolonged period of illness, he was one of our wheelchair bowlers, having been part of the group since 2015.

Terry, Stan and their helpers will miss him and we are pleased he was able to get some enjoyment from the Club.




Don Down (27th May 2021)

We are sad to announce the peaceful recent death of Don Down, surrounded by his family.

Don first began bowling at Woodside BC early in the 1970s, and became a high-quality player, a notion reinforced by winning the prestigious Ashby Cup in 1981 & 1984.

Soon after Don became our full-time Greenkeeper, a position he held for roughly 20 years. He was universally praised for the condition of his greens and he was known to treat them with his utmost care.

Following his retirement he was granted Life membership of the Club. He continued to play here right up until very recently, including sponsoring League teams even when unable to bowl as much.

All in all, a fantastic member of our Club.


Funeral details:

Dear all,

It's been lovely to talk to everyone over the last two weeks on behalf of our family. In the saddest of circumstances what has shone through is the love that his friends had for Dad and the high regard that he was held in. We have passed on all your kind wishes to Mum. Due to Covid restrictions, we have only been able to invite a small number of friends to his ceremony, but we are pleased that A R Adam's are going to live stream (dependant on connection but we hope possible) and record it for family and for those who are shielding or unable to attend due to these restrictions. As you all know, the council has agreed to Dad's outdoor ceremony. It is on Thursday the 24th of June. We are meeting outside Dodd's Grove at the Poors Lane entrance at 12.45pm. If you are driving please can you park a distance away from the entrance to allow for the hearse and family car. The hearse will join us there followed by Mum and Judith's family. We'll then make our way down to Dodds Grove. It will be a Humanist ceremony and a celebration of Dad's life. We are asking for friends not to wear black but smart colourful nature clothes. We are also recommending that you bring/ wear a mask if possible for your own ease of mind. We will space accordingly. We'll bring some fold down chairs for those who need it - I think most have let me know if they do. Marion has suggested bringing petals to scatter on/ by the coffin which we think is a lovely idea, and very in keeping with Dad. At the end of the service we'll make our way, through the woods for those able, to Belfairs Wildlife Visitors Centre for some tea/ coffee and cake. Dad was always very partial to a piece of cake. Please do join us to share memories of Dad. Again, we'll follow Essex's Wildlife Trust's Covid procedure. Thank you to Greg at Belfairs and everyone who's helped us organise and contact friends on our behalf. We are only having family flowers. The link to Dad's page is here. We hope that we can help fund a butterfly education event at Belfairs when restrictions allow. https://aradams.co.uk/funeral-details/?tribute=donalddown I've bcc'd you all in for data protection so if you do need to get in contact do just send a reply to alisonwords@gmail.com. With love and best wishes. Alison, Kathy, Judith, Graham and families.




Leslie Royston (early 2021)

We have been notified that Leslie, an Indoor member of the Club for the past few years, has sadly died.

Leslie lived very close to the Club and we are assured he greatly enjoyed his time here.




Michael Konyn (Apr 2021)

We have been informed of the recent passing of Michael, a long-standing Indoor member of the Club since 2012.

Michael was also a member of Chalkwell Bowling Club for many years and will therefore be well known to many of our members.




Ronnie Lawrence (25/3/2021)

We are sad to report the passing of full member Ronnie.

Ronnie joined the Club over 10 years ago along with his wife Felicia and has been a very popular member throughout his time here.

He was a regular in roll-ups and will be well known to the vast majority of our members who no doubt wish Felicia and their family well at this difficult time.

This notice will be updated in due course when further details become known.




Barbara Kitts (21/3/2021)

We have been informed of the recent death of one of our long-term ex-members Barbara.

Barbara was an invaluable member of the Club during her time here, serving at times as both Ladies League and Competition Secretary for many years. She was a very popular member of the Club and also a very good bowler, including winning the Club Ladies Triples in 2005.

Barbara was also a member of Castle Point BC and Hadleigh BC over the years.

The funeral will take place on 21st April at 11am Pitsea Crematorium, with limited attendance.




Bill Gray (1/3/2021)

One of our long-time ex-members Bill sadly passed away recently.

Bill will be known to many of our members and other bowlers around the local area, having been in bowls for a long period of time, starting off at Shoebury Park.

He sadly ceased bowling a few years ago due to deteriorating health, but maintained a Social membership here following this.

Bill's funeral will be for immediate family only.




Michael Dodd (22/2/2021)

Michael passed away peacefully, aged 87 years. Michael was a Social member of the Club, having originally joined back in 2015.

Michael's funeral service to be held at Southend Crematorium on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 at 11:20am. All enquiries and donations c/o S. Stibbards & Sons Ltd, 74 Ness Road, Shoeburyness, Essex, SS3 9ND, 01702 293 400.




Alf Lowrey (Feb 2021)

We have received notice of the recent death of Alf Lowrey.

Alf was a long-time Indoor member of the Club until he resigned his membership in 2018.

Alf had been suffering from chest problems and dementia, which the current pandemic had not helped.

Alf was well known as a very good and competitive bowler both at Whitehall and laterly at Fairwood and was also well known within the Parks Circle and Essex County B.C. - his collection of bowls trophies was enormous and he was still competing into his late 80s

Our thoughts are with Shirley and the rest of him immediate family.




Peter Manley (Feb 2021)

We have received the sad news from Peter's family that he recently passed away after a battle with testicular cancer.

Peter was an all-year Indoor member of the Club, having joined originally back in 2015. He was a regular in the organised roll-up sessions and league games and will no doubt be missed and fondly remembered by many of our members.




David McKane (Jan 2021)

David sadly recently passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

David had been a full member of the Club since 2018 and, along with his partner Janet Kedgley, was a regular in various leagues, friendlies and other matches.

Janet lives in Clacton so sadly will not be returning to the Club, she wanted to express her thanks to the Club and all our members for the friendship and bowling which she and David enjoyed greatly.

If anyone would like to make a donation to David's memory please visit Donate to Pancreatic Cancer UK - Pancreatic Cancer UK




George McGhie (11/1/2021)

We sadly report that George McGhie has passed away following a short battle with Coronavirus.

George joined us Indoors in 2017 and also played here during the past Outdoor season. He played a great number of roll ups with his friends, so was present at the Club very often and will have been well known to the majority of our members.

To donate in George's memory please visit Crowdfunding to provide the Southend Hospital Rochford Ward with much needed equipment. on JustGiving




Wendy Smale (21/12/2020)

With sadness we announce the recent death of Indoor Member Wendy Smale.

Wendy had been a member of the Club since 2007 and will perhaps be best known for bowling with an oxygen tank due to her ongoing pulmonery fibrosis. However this did not stop Wendy playing regularly and to a good standard.

She will be missed greatly at the Club and our thoughts are with her husband John, himself a previous member of the Club.


Dear All,

This is Keith and Ian Smale, Wendy Smale’s sons. We wanted to send the details about our Mum’s funeral.

The funeral will be at Southend Crematorium on 20th January at 2pm. 

Please do not feel obliged, but if you would like to make a donation (our preferred option) or send flowers the details are below:


You can use this link to make a donation to the British Lung Foundation



Flowers can be sent to the funeral directors for the morning on the day of the funeral:

For Wendy Smale

FP Guivers and Sons 

416 Rayleigh Road

We would love for as many people who knew Mum to attend the funeral but due to current lockdown restrictions we are only allowed 30 attendees, we also understand that some people will not feel comfortable or are unable to attend in person, so there are a couple of options:

Attending in Person

If you able to attend, please contact us (details below) so we can check the number of attendees and we can add your name and contact details to a track and trace form we have to provide to the crematorium.

Keith - 07554 006388

Ian - 07855 051764

Watching Online

The crematorium offer a live webcast so anyone can watch the funeral live or up to 28 days afterwards. Here are the details of how to access the webcast.

Open this link in your web browser - https://www.obitus.com/index.php?page=login 

Username (case sensitive) - Paru3511

Password - 851691

Please login to the website at any time prior to the funeral to view a test connection and ensure you can access it on your computer/device. The Live Webcast will start approx. 5 mins before the service start time. 

We hope you can join us by either option to celebrate Mum’s life.

Kind regards,

Keith and Ian




Patricia Cooper (24/11/2020) 

We are sad to report the passing of long-time Club member Patricia (Pat), aged 76.

Pat had been a member of the Indoor section for a huge portion of her life, playing at the highest levels, including reaching the final of the National Mixed Fours in 1997/98

Pat was also one the founding members of the Ladies Outdoor section in 2013, maintaining an active role in the section throughout as a player, Captain and Competition Secretary at various times.

Pat also helped out as an (almost full-time!) Office volunteer when the Club desperately needed such help, as well as regularly aiding her husband Ray with our Coaching.

In more recent years she will be better known among members as the Kitchen Manager for the past few years, spending a huge amount of her own time to ensure the success of the Kitchen, for which the Club is of course extremely grateful.

Pat was the kind of member every Club desperately needs and she will be fondly remembered by all at Essex County, our thoughts are with Ray and all of her family and friends at this sad time.


Pat's funeral will be held on Wednesday 16th December at 1:20pm, Southend Crematorium. The service, due to CoVID restrictions, will be limited to family and close friends only, however members are suggested to attend and perform a guard of honour for the funeral procession, please come to pay your respects in this manner if you can.



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