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I didn't know John very well off the green but we did lock horns a few times on it. He was fiercely competitive and extremely tough to beat, but always complimentary afterwards if he was beaten and have a drink with you. I have only ever known him to be a Morley bowler, he gave heaps to that club and hopefully someone can let me know what his club achievements were, they must be extensive.
Vale John Armstrong, your family and the bowls community will miss you.

Bowled against John many times over the years, always a tough competitor and a very respective man always a pleasure to play win or lose, will miss seeing him around the greens.
Ted Alden

Just a brief rundown of John's Club achievements since winning the Club's novice singles in 1984.
Singles Champ 3 times
Pairs 4
Triples 12
Fours 3
One thing he is most memorable in the last few years, was that he played the bowl that helped win the White pennant at Yokine. Such a great bowl and positioned so that it was almost impossible for the Mosman Park skipper to get at.
Also, his memorable year as a skipper in 1 Blue North on Thursday's when he had Anthony Provost as his third and the rink went through the year undefeated and had a more than 300 shot aedvantage over the rest of the competition.

Another big lawn bowls family is saddened today with the passing on Sunday of Jack Srhoy, brother of Steve and Tony.
Jack was a true gentleman and one of the best club administrators, giving so much to the sport of bowls; he had been battling illness for some time and fought it out to the end.
Jack won the State Triples with his brothers Steve and Tony in 1977, a unique achievement never repeated by one family, and the South Perth Masters Fours
He was a man who gave so much to our great game; Jack was Cockburn Bowling Club Vice President from 1983 -1986 and Club President from 1986 – 1988 he was a life member at Cockburn Bowling Club
Jack went onto to play a major role with the Spearwood Bowling Club in arranging and managing the construction of the greens one of the greens is named in his honour, he was instrumental in getting Spearwood Bowling Club prepared for competitive bowls in their formative years; he was also a life member at Spearwood.

A thorough gentleman in bowls, Bill Galloway passed away last Friday. He has been battling poor health and dementia the last few years, but he was a man who gave so much to bowls in this state and also a representative for Scotland. He got 54 caps (8th most of all time) for Scotland Indoors spanning the years 1982 to 1999 and is a life member of the Scottish Indoor Bowls Association. He played State bowls for WA, cap number 146 and played 14 games, was a runner up in the state singles in 2007 to David Opie.
I only have PL records from 2005 but he played at Gosnells that year before crossing to Osborne Park in 2006 and skippered for 4 years for a 29 win, 28 loss, 3 draw record. He gradually moved down the order (I remember playing against him as a 2nd) before he was unable to play bowls and retired.

Sad to see Bill has passed, he will be missed by many

Life member of the Morley Bowling Club. President for several years and was current Chairperson of greens.
Valued member of the Morley Bowling club, steady bowler and member of the volunteers ground staff.
Irene Macorlin nee Mariani passed away on the weekend. She was a member of the State Fours winning team of 2001, State Pairs in 2003 representing Bedford and was runner up to Therese Hastings in the State Singles in 2004 while playing for Yokine. She hadn't played much in recent years but I'm sure many lady bowlers out there would remember her name.
Doug left Perth quite a few years ago now and moved to Sydney but I am sure there are some old bowlers who would remember Doug, quite a good bowler in his own right but now known as the father of Trystan, who now lives in Darwin but represented the state of WA on many occasions. The family is celebrating the life of Doug at the Peel Alehouse on the 15th July from 11am. If you knew Doug and want to commemorate his life, the family would love to see you there.
A member of the Morley Bowling Club for many years and a few stints with other clubs including Bassendean. Will be sadly missed, RIP Andy.

A popular member of Hilton Park, Mick Flanigan passed away peacefully on the 26th June. For those that knew him, his funeral service will take place at the Hilton Park Bowling club at 3.00pm on the 4th July.
Pat Caffell Anyone in bowls would have known Pat, he was a true gentlement in bowls, always enquiring about your health and your family, a very generous man who gve so much back to bowls tha it gave to him. He had been battling illness for a while but fought it out right to the end. We will all miss you Pat. Our thoughts with Joyce and Gary and all of the Caffell clan.
Funeral arrangements will be at Pinnaroo on Friday 28th June at 2pm, I will let people know about the wake once known.
If you have Facebook you can express your feelings about Pat as so many others have done here.
RIP Pat Caffell

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce that my wonderful darling, Pat, has left me in the early hours of this morning. He was a great brother to Gary & family, a wonderful dad to Denis (deceased), Sean & Clinton & their families.
But to me he was my whole world and I am completely devastated and broken.
You are now free from pain my darling. I love you to the moon and back. Thank you for the wonderful nearly 29 years together. You made me the happiest lady on earth. To everyone that has supported us both on this journey you are much appreciated.

Joyce Caffell

Nancy Bresland
Another big bowls family saddened today with the passing of Nancy Bresland, more well known to us currently playing bowls as the mother of Helen Morss and Ross Bresland. The Facebook thread can be found here if you wish to leave your condolences to the family. This from the Bresland family -

To all my family and friends on Facebook, I unfortunately write to advise of the passing of my mum Nancy Jean Bresland yesterday 20/6.
Mums funeral service will be next Friday 28/6 @ 12 noon - West Chapel, Pinnaroo Cemetery, Whitfords ave, Padbury..
With a wake following at South Perth Bowling Club, 2 Mends St, South Perth from 2.30pm.
If you knew mum and would like to join our family in celebrating mums life we would love to see you next week at the funeral or wake

Ian & Erin, Vicki & Peter, Ross and Helen x
Mt Pleasant bowling club have lost two great members off the club. Although the club is struggling it has been no fault of these tireless working members in keeping the club going. Jeff
The Provost family would like to let everyone know that Ken (Bomma) Provost passed away yesterday afternoon peacefully with his wife by his side.

Anthony Provost
Cliff had been battling health concerns for a while and succumbed yesterday. A life member at Bedford, a fixture at the club over many years, he was a thorough gentleman and a tough guy to beat in a game of bowls. The last time i played Cliff was about a day or two after an operation on his bowel and he was wearing a stomach bag but still committed to the team on Saturday. A great guy and sad to know we won't see him on the green any more.

It is with deep sadness that the Bedford Bowling Club announces the passing of it's greatest son, Cliff Graybrook. Cliff passed away surrounded by his loved ones after a series of health issues on Friday the 17th of May 2019 aged 79 years. To say Cliff was a club legend doesn't do him justice. Cliff remained a dominant bowling force through his entire career, amassing club titles at will in all forms of the game and was the most feared of skippers to his Pennants opponents. Cliff's massive contribution continued off the green, where he held a number of club positions over multiple decades and was a perennial fixture volunteering at the club. He lived, ate and breathed the Bedford Bowling Club. Our sincere condolences go out to Cliff's family and multitude of friends throughout the bowling community. We were honoured to have Cliff as a Life Member, and we will never forget. RIP Cliffy.

Rod Zwart - Committee Club Bedford

I must say I was sad to hear of Cliff's passing. From my earliest bowling days I recall meeting Cliff at the Bedford Bowl some 20 years ago. Ever since that time whenever we met on the green he was the thorough gentleman, also a solid and skilled opponent. I'm sure his mentorship and experience has benefitted many at his beloved Bedford over the years. I'm so glad I had a chance for a brief chat with him a few weeks ago as he left OPBC. RIP Cliff Graybrook, you are going to be missed.

Neville Stevens My memories of Cliff are many and they all very good to put it mildly. He was a gentleman on and off the green, and a fierce and proud competitor on the greens at his beloved Bedford.
I knew Cliff for over thirty years, and am proud to be able to call him a friend. Unfortunately, i am just recovering from a knee replacement, so I will not be able to bid farewell to a good guy.
Regards to Family

Jim Stewart
Past President of VPCBC and Kalgoorlie Bowling Club Ron Florance passed away last Thursday night following a fight with cancer. Ron was well known and respected by many country and city bowlers alike. A good Kalgoorlie man from the good old days. Ron also played bowls in Fiji during his mining days. He was a man of rare dignity with high levels of integrity that will be missed by those that knew him.

Dave Florance

I have no stories, information nor anecdotes concerning Ron but it was my pleasure to bowl with him many times at Vic Pk.
He was always good company, always his own harshest critic, always a pleasure to bowl with & always a gentleman.
The pleasure was mine.

Graeme Archell

Deepest condolences to the Florance family after the passing of Ronny. I thoroughly enjoyed playing with Ron, loved the way he went about his business on and off the green - a hard but fair man. Hope you back plenty of winners up there mate!

Patrick Keeffe
Margaret Anderson from Gosnells passed away this week. Am sure there is someone from Gosnells who would be able to fill you in on all the things she did for the club. She was a great competitor, everyone loved her and she was always interested in what everyone around the bowling circles was doing. When I think of the Gosnells club, I think of Margaret Anderson and know she was a tireless worker for their club. She had battled with ill health for the past year... that I know of but believe it may have been a lot longer...

Linda Warburton
Today 21 March we bid farewell at Pinneroo to Morrie Lehmann. Our sympathy to Brad and all the family at their loss of one of our special members, a Club singles champion, Club Treasurer, Chairman of Selectors, competition Sponsor and club mate and friend to everyone. He shared in memorable games, as photos will show. You will be missed Morrie, but we are glad your recent painful journey is now at rest. Rest In Peace mate .

Long time Bassendean bowler Ray Patterson passed away peacefully the 9th March and the wake was held 20th March 2019. Brother of another long time Bassendean bowler Brad and Uncle to Stephen and Daniel amongst others. RIP Ray.

Denis Caffell A awesome friend who helped me to get back on my feet 7 years ago when I was down, he pulled me out from under a rock and kicked my ass and made me realise life was worth living. Thank you my friend

Nathan Green
This from the Bowls WA site, thanks to Ken Pride for the information -

The Western Australian and Australian Bowling community is mourning the loss of one of its finest administrators and people with the passing yesterday of Beryl Brennan.

The abridged CV of Beryl is extraordinary and yet does not do justice to the work that she pioneered at state and national level. However, some of her major achievements include:

Vice President World Bowls Council 2002
Snr Vice President World Indoor Bowls Council 2003
President Women’s Bowls Australia 2000-2002
President Bowls Australia 2004-2006
Australian Women’s Selector 1995-2000
Commonwealth Games Team Manager 2002
Bowls Australia Hall of Fame

WALBA President 1996-1999
WA Women’s State Team Manager 1995-1997
State Women’s Selector 2007-2013
Current Vice Patron Bowls WA
Life Member Bowls WA
Bowls WA Hall of Fame

Above all Beryl was one of the nicest ladies you would ever wish to meet and her loss will be greatly felt by many around the country.

Sincere sympathies to Beryl’s family and many friends
Roger AdamsI knew that Roger had been sick in recent months and with great sadness to say that yesterday he passed away from his illness. A great tribute by Clive on his Facebook page is a far better tribute to a man who was so supportive of Clive and his bowls, but I dare say just as much a supporter to Clive's Mum, brother and sister. Whenever Clive was playing in a state event, representing his state or even his club, Roger would be there for support and would always say hello, enquire about my health and my family but always with an eye on how Clive was going on the green. A wonderful man who will be truly missed.

Clive Adams father passed away yesterday condolences to all the Adams family. Roger Adams was a Bowls tragic watching Clive play wherever Clive was playing & he & his wife never missed going to watch Clive play in the W.A. National State Side Series & supported the boys every year. R.I P Roger

Roger Barnes
I didn't know Peter but thanks to Jason Thorn who sent these very nice words about him to me -

Peter Thomas from Scarborough passed away , he was a very loyal member of Scarborough and former 1 red player when Scarborough had 2 sides and were flying . He was a state selector , great accountant and a friend to many , too many good souls lost too early in this game .

He really loved the game and was still a student of the game in his latter years ( he over analyses everything in bowls ) he loved young guys coming to play and happily gave up his position to help the younger guys grow and learn .

He beat the late great Stewie Davies in his prime to win Scarborough’s club singles , Stewie was in the bar preparing for the final with a few beverages but Peter was sitting near the green , almost meditating and preparing a game plan . He thought if he could get the kitty off the line he would have a better chance of out drawing Stewie with the last couple of bowls each end . So he tried to trail kitty with his first two bowls and I gather it worked .

God bless him

Jason Thorn

G’day mate. Just read the Vale notice re Peter Thomas. I’m the Chaplain at Hollywood Hospital & met him in that capacity. Though v close to death he talked to me for ages about Bowls & had plenty of helpful things to pass on. Apparently a fine player in his day & an astute coach as well. Sad to see him die.

Bruce Eagles
Alan EvansIn my usual duties of working at the Mt Lawley Bowling Club I was saddened to hear of the passing of Alan Evans. He was a member of the club for 55 years, played mid week and Saturdays and conservatively played about 1800 games for the club. The service is being held today at the Mt Lawley Bowling Club.

He joined the club in 1963 and stayed there ever since. He held countless positions on the committee, is a life member, a club champion, multiple club event winner, past president. The ultimate honour is to have a club medal named after you which he had at this club. Such loyal service is rare in this day and age and a credit to the man that he gave so much to club he loved.

He will be missed by all club members

Daniel PattersonJust shocking news to hear of the tragic accident to Daniel - Danno - Puppy which unfortunately cost him his life. Only 28 years of age with the whole world at his feet. Words are very hard to describe what emotions would be around our WA bowls family at the moment, but the outpouring of emotion, love, pictures predominantly on Facebook shows how well loved he was, a vibrant personality, loved to laugh, loved to drink, cheeky but very loyal. On the green he was a fierce competititor and wanted to beat everyone he played, but always chatted and laughed off the green.

It is hard to fathom the level of grief that must be felt by Lauren at the moment, and our heart goes out to her and their newly born son Cooper. Parents Brad and Jen, brother Steve and Uncle Ray, any other family members our sincerest condoloences at this tough time.

For a little man, he had a big impact on all of us

Junior State Fours & Triples 2006-07
State Triples 2009-10, 2016-17
State Singles r-up, 2016
Champion of Champion Singles 2012-13
State Caps - 66 times

Club Champion 2010-11, 2012-13
Club Pairs 2006-07
Club Triples 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13

23rd Aug 18 - The family would like to let you know that the Daniel Patterson funeral details are below -

Wednesday 29/8 10:30am Norfolk Chapel at Karrakatta cemetery.

You are then all invited back to the Bassendean Bowling Club for drinks and a time to share your stories about the little bloke. Lauren has asked if you would like to incorporate the colour 'orange' into your outfit on the day that would be much appreciated. Doesn't have to be overdone and doesn't require anything over the top but a touch of orange would be great

Geoff GunningIt is with great sadness to report the passing of Geoff Gunning.

Known as 'Bubbles', he was a very friendly guy, passionate clubman, the sort of guy who would relinquish his spot first for the team. When the sides series was here a couple of years ago he filled in for the NT team and filled in with aplomb. He would always say hello and enquire about the family, always gave you a minute of his day. He was one of the worlds good guys, and we need more good guys in the world.

His son Lee also a bowler at Mosman Park, out thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

So sad to hear of Geoff's passing, greatly respected during my time at Wanneroo and no doubt ever since. A great bowler and a terrific person. Your comments are spot on Simon.
RIP Bubbles.

Nev Stevens

It's been a while since we've seen Marcel playing bowls but anyone who played over 5 years ago or more would dread the name Marcel Heruer in their section, a fierce competitior and very tough to beat. Heruer instrumental in getting Bassendean their first promotion to Red as it was known then in the mid 90's. His beard and cigars/cigarettes familiar around the greens. It was with sadness we heard of his passing this week.
Some people may remember Cos who has not played bowls for many years. He was a state champion in the Fours in 1989 playing as a 3rd to Doug Arrowsmith while representing Hollywood Subiaco. He was also a runner up in the Champion of Champion singles in 1985 and played for Stirling for many years in their Premier League side and I think also Osborne Park in their top side.

If you have any stories to share about Cos please send them to me and I will post them up.
Barry TigheIt is with great sadness that we report our long time friend and respected Bowler Barry Tighe has passed away on Saturday the 3rd February. Barry was a great supporter of Quinn’s and always had a smile on his face when he was bowling. His love of the game and his advice will be sadly missed by all that came into contact with him.

His service to the club of 17 Years as a player, teammate and his jokes will long be treasured and remembered.
Deepest sympathy to Eileen and Family at this very difficult time From Quinn’s Rocks Bowling Club

The news the Perth bowls community has been dreading came through today with the passing of Ros Slavich overnight. A nicer person in bowls you would not meet. Every time I played in a state event or in pennants at Doubleview or Stirling, Ros was there either supporting Danny, John or Charlie, always with a smile, friendly and happy to have a chat to you, but always focussed on the bowls that her family was playing at the time. Even with her declining health she was smiling and saying hello. When you bowled in the Stirling carnivals, there was Ros helping out in the kitchen and around the club. She will be sadly missed, our thoughts go out to the whole Slavich family on this very sad occasion. RIP.

George Beacroft (Secretary Internations)
Having been involved with the Internations Bowls Club for thirty years I cannot remember a time when Ros wasn't involved - a mens only carnival, Ros was always helping and supporting, when we had the Saturday night dinners it was Ros who decorated the tables and inflated the balloons. It was always Ros who looked after the contributions and money of the Yugoslav side, her demeanour was infectious.

A wonderful personality,and supporter who will be sorely missed
Sadly Barry Fleetwood lost his battle with cancer yesterday, a current member of Rossmoyne and previous life member of Melville, not sure of any other clubs he bowled at previously. Funeral arrangements if known will be shown here, if anyone would like to let me know about Barry then please send me a message.
Thanks to George Beacroft for passing this on to me, 90 year old Bob Williams passed away peacefully recently and it sounds like he is a man who has achieved a bit in WA bowls but someone not many people would know.

This from the Bowls WA website - A WA State Representative Williams was twice crowned as the Men’s Outstanding Bowler of the Year winning the Rosenthal Medal in 1965 and 1976. Nationally he finished third in the Australian Pairs in 1972. Within WA he won the coveted State Singles in 1965 and the Champion of Club Champion Singles in 1976 and 1977.

For his achievements Bob Williams was inducted into the Bowls WA Hall of Fame in 2010. During his great career he was a member of the Mosman Park Bowling Club and Rossmoyne Bowling Clubs.

His funeral will be held at Fremantle on the 1st December from 10am
The bowls world has lost a larger than life figure when Greg Kane passed away overnight. Tributes are flowing on Facebook which I won't copy here but his personality and competitive spirit has touched many throughout our small bowls community. I always enjoyed playing against him because you always knew you were up for a good game, and when you bowled well he always acknowledged it. Not only competitive but also played in great humour, which is really how bowls should be played - spirited and competitive but fun and enjoyable.

RIP Greg, you will be greatly missed.
Greg Kane
Greg will be sadly missed by not only his family, the members of the Cambridge Bowling Club,but a huge amount of people that he touched over many years, as well as the Bowling fraternity.
He has been the heart and soul of the Cambridge Bowling Club over many years and is a Life Member of the Club.
Greg's family will be hosting a celebration of Greg's life from 4pm next Friday 29th September at the Cambridge Bowling Club for those who would like to call for a drink.
And, yes, you guessed it - Greg's last bet was a winner!!

Ross Bolton
A much loved Alma Dempsey has passed away peacefully at her home on the 14th, wife of Mel and mother to Glenda, Mal, Ross and Stephen. Funeral arrangements will be posted once they become known.

Alma Dempsey
In loving memory of Alma Dempsey who passed away with grace, dignity and elegance on 14 September 2017. Her smiling face continued right to the end.
Jenni McLaughlin
Our thoughts are with the Dempsey and Cooper families and all the friends she made at NBBC and the wider bowling community. You will be missed by so many Alma
Bev Cotte

A recent passing of a Melville member George Briars should be worthy of recognition in my opinion. A former member of Fremantle, George never made it to the upper level of bowls, but, an absolute gentleman both on and off the green, he was one of the "old school" of sportsmen. He never made a point of it, but, from memory, was a navigator on Lanc's during world war 2.Every Anzac Day, or the nearest Saturday to it I used to buy He, and any other ex sevice guys of that era a beer as a thank you for what we enjoy today.
He will be sadly missed.
Glen Beard

I don't know many details yet but did hear of the passing of Bill Brown, he could be a grumpy bugger but had a heart of gold and did all he could for the Innaloo club over the years, sad to hear of his passing.

Details about funeral arrangements will be posted when known.

I didn't know Rod Wishart but of course know Graeme, and our thoughts are to him and all the Wishart family members. Rod served for many years as State selector and also Victoria Park committee member in a variety of roles over the years, he gave everything for the betterment of bowls at his club and his state, I'm sure we'll hear more from Bowls WA about his service to them and from Bowls Australia soon.

Very sad to see Rod pass, I worked under him for a number of years as a Greens-keeper. He made some tough decisions. At Vic Park he closed 4 greens for 10 weeks so i could fix them and stood by me. He was a genuine fella and will be greatly missed.
  Radd Anderson
Pat Aungier was someone who loved her bowls and watching her husband Peter and son Scott play bowls as well. She was a consistent contributor to Sherro's website with how to make the game better, and generally it was always along the lines of working together to improve conditions and improve the game.

Pat had been battling ill health for a while but true to her fighting spirit staved off the cancer for years until it finally took her yesterday. She will be greatly missed around the greens.

Anyone who has been a member of the Bassendean Bowling will be familiar with Mike Bisby as he lost his long fight with cancer on Sunday. From what I can gather he was someone who served our country with distinction and honour and has been a member and bowler at Bassendean for well over 20 years.

Bob passed away peacefully and was a club stalwart for many years at Morley. More information about Bob would be greatly appreciated.

Bob was a made baseball man and was a life member of the Morley Eagles baseball club. Decided to take up bowls ten years or so ago. He was quite a good bowler and was a regular 3rd division skipper. A great bloke to have around the club.
It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Innaloo stalwart Wally Stevens. Not sure of the circumstances surrounding his passing but it occurred on Saturday at some time. Wally was still playing in the Innaloo top side last season and as usual disappeared for the Winter to prepare for next season. He was still chucking down some great bowls so this has come as a huge surprise, despite being over 80 years of age.