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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.




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.




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.




Michael Robson

We have received notification that Michael sadly passed away in October, he had been an indoor member of the Club since 2018.




Tom Warren

Tom had been a full member on and off for many years and will be well remembered by many at the Club.

Sadly, as with everyone else during the Coronavirus pandemic, his funeral will be family only.




Philip Jenner

Philip joined us in 2018 as an all-year Indoor member.

He played in a lot of the early 8am sessions and will be well known to our other early risers.




Ian Shaw

Ian was a long-term member of the Club, having joined originally back in 2004 (following a period of 6 months on the waiting list!)

He passed away early in August following ongoing heart problems.

Sadly at this time with the virus still being prevalent, the funeral will be family only.




Barbara Hann

Barbara joined the Club following the closure of Stonyhill IBC.

We are sure members' thoughts are with Harry Hann who remains a member of the Club.




Ron Conley

We are sad to announce the recent death of Ron Conley.

Ron left a lasting legacy at the Club as our Outdoor Champion in 1997.

Ron ceased bowling in 2007 and had sadly been fighting illnesses related to asbestos for the past few years.




Brian Cue

Brian had been a full member of the Club for many years. As well as simply being a great Club man, he was also a very successful competitive player, including amassing a great CV of Club titles - cluminating in winning the Late Summer Pairs just last year whilst battling his long-term illness, a great achievement indeed.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown in place, Brian's funeral will be held in compliance with government regulations, however a celebration of his life is already being planned for later in the year.




Peter Hancock

We are sad to report the death of long-time Outdoor Member Peter.

Peter was a member here for many years. He also regularly hosted Masonic bowls matches at the Club.

Peter's funeral was held on 24th April.




Audrey Main

Audrey was an Indoor member here for many years up until the start of this season where she was sadly unable to bowl.

Audrey's funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th May. Sadly immediate family only can attend due to the current situation.




Mick Ager

It is with much sadness that we report the death of longtime indoor member Mick Ager, who recently passed away following a long battle with cancer. Mick was also an outdoor member of Rochford Bowling Club and Shoebury Park prior to that. The funeral took place on May 19th.




Barry Cracknell

Barry sadly died in early June after battling cancer for some time, he was a regular indoor member at ECBC for a number of years and also a long time member of South Benfleet & Canvey Bowling Club.




Ron Gill

Ron sadly passed away on 23rd June. He was, until moving from the area, a long serving member of bothEssex County IBC and South Benfleet & Canvey BC. Ron was a very good supporter of the leagues & friendlies and is remembered fondly by those who knew him.




Ken Fendt

Ken was a long-time Social member of the Club. Many of our members will know him for attending every day, having his IPA and watching the morning news. He always had a cheery nature and was very approachable for a chat at any time.




Clive Jones

Clive had been a Social member here for many years and was a regular visitor to the Club during that time. He was a keen supporter of the game of bowls in general too and often watched the high level competitions hosted here.

Clive's funeral will be held on Thursday 21st May at 9:30am, sadly due to lockdown restrictions this will be strictly family only.

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