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I read recently that Denis Spargo from Scarborough bowling club had passed away. When Scarborough were a power he was right up there with them. He was a thorough gentleman who had a unique style that those who knew him would remember.
Peter Coffey
Wow what shocking news to wake up to today, much loved ABC news presenter and former weather man and member of Mt Lawley Bowling Club passing away suddenly today. If you've ever been to attend Mt Lawley carnivals and had the pleasure of listening to Russell speak during the presentations it was quite something else. I never ever saw without a smile on his face and super friendly. The bowls world is now poorer. The club would be doing it so hard today and in the coming days, thoughts to them and to Russells family.

Just heard that ABC Radio announcer and Mt Lawley bowler Russell Woolf has passed away. I played a few games against him and found him to be a good bloke. Always friendly and ready for a chat. He will be missed by many.
Martin Swift
Sad to hear of the passing of John McIntosh, he has been ill for quite some time and sadly lost his battle in the past week. He was a footballer here and in the VFL for St Kilda and of course father to Eagles player Ashley, John was a long time member of Dalkeith Nedlands and a very capable bowler in his day, hopefully someone can send his club record to record for posterity. Sometimes could be a bit curt but I always found him pleasant and he always said hello and asked about my family. RIP John. Also sad to hear this news. Didn't happen often but I was always pleased to bump into John on the green as he was a legend amongst my beloved St Kilda. John always carried a presence on the field, a gentleman not suffering fools, if he was "curt" it was probably justified. In fact I may have been on the receiving end once or twice. Me stirring a little :-) My sincere condolences to his family and all his DNBC mates. RIP John.
Neville Stevens
A real shock to hear of the passing of Rad Anderson. Was a greenkeeper I think at Mosman Park and Leeming amongst others, Rad was a real character of the game, always smiling and willing to have a laugh. Hated a beer as well. He moved to the Geraldton area about 10 years ago and was doing the greens at the Geraldton Bowling club before moving back to Perth this year. A real sad moment when hearing of his passing.
Word came filtering through yesterday and confirmed last night of the sudden and tragic passing of Haydn Smith. You couldn't meet a more genial guy than Haydn, always smiling, would always say hello and enquire about your health but always a fierce competitor on the green with a will and desire to win, culminating in the state pairs win of 2018/19. I haven't got access to Countryweek history but I am sure he also won a fours that same season.
Part of the famous Smith bowling family from York, our thoughts go out to wife Sian, sons Justin, Nathan and Aaron and daughter Emma and their families. Such a difficult time but know that all bowlers have you in their thoughts today and over the coming weeks.
FUNERAL DETAILS
For those that wish to say goodbye to Haydn , his service will be held on Wednesday 6th October at 10.30am at Forest Oval followed by burial at York Cemetery. Full details will be in Saturdays West. Thank you to everyone that has expressed their sympathy to our family, it has been overwhelming . He will be missed by so many people.
In memorium Long time Morley bowler with a stint at Sporties, Freddy Lord, passed away peacefully at the ripe age of 100 years. Craig Hamilton

Was told of Dantes passing on the weekend, ever since I have been in Perth he was playing 1st division for Osborne Park. Only the last couple of years I havent seen his name, not sure if dropped down the grades or retired. Didn't know Dante very well, but always friendly when playing against him and a competitor until the last bowl was played.

Dante was a very funny man, a top bowler and a dear friend. He was always available for a joke, a laugh, some constructive criticism or humorous observation. In these later years, he found new love late in life, with a relatively young lady, and they were both very happy. Deepest sympathies to all who are no doubt feeling his loss. Regards,
The Amos Family.

I agree with all your remarks concerning Dante, I knew him over many years over his work with the Water Authority as did many bowlers, it was always a pleasure to meet him, he had an eventful life, and will be missed.
George Beacroft

Sad to hear of the passing of Reg Payne, he had been battling a debilatating illness for a while but couldn't hang on any longer. I played with Reg at Kalamunda with son Neil, even into his 70's Reg was a very consistent draw bowler. I didn't see him in his heyday but have been told that consistency was more evident in his younger days. I'm sure he was the winner of many club awards, I think also a multiple pennant winner at South Perth and Kalamunda as well.
I wish Neil and all the Payne family my best at this sad time.
It was sad to hear of Reg Payne’s passing. He was indeed a fine draw bowler, a solid competitor who always came up smiling at the end of a contest. I can remember Reg when he was a gun bowler more than 30 years ago, at a time when Kalamunda were a powerhouse One Red division club. Reg was also a fine all-round sportsman whose name is liberally inked in gold lettering on the champions board at the Pickering Brook Golf Club. A true champion now at rest. His son, Neil, a state lawn bowler, inherited much of the talent that his Dad possessed.
John Terrell

Jakov Silich, a long time Spearwood bowler, who tragically lost his life in a Jurien boating mishap on 24 April. Jakov was such a generous and happy person who did a tremendous amount of metalwork around the Club. His skills and hard work will be sorely missed by our Club. Jakov was very creative and fabricated numerous types of meat and fish cooking machines, the most notable being the stainless steel Spit Roasters. For over 15y Jakov was the chief cook for the lunch feast that many bowlers came to enjoy at the annual Spearwood Triples Carnival in March. Jakov played in the Club's 3rd Div team and was a very good team player.
RIP Jakov.
Tony Unkovich
Reg sadly has lost his long battle against cancer. An absolute legend who gave back to bowls as much as he took from it. Even in his 80's and sick he was still playing in the top side at Wanneroo and bowling consistently and competitively. A true swingman, he could play in any position. He lost his wife a couple of years ago to dementia and during her last years he was constantly there for her. He could be prickly, and a man who would speak his mind, but he was someone who always said hello to you when you saw him and enquired about your family, health and of course bowls. He spent many years coaching, especially the ladies, and you can see his brand with swing of the arm, something that Reg liked to instill in all his proteges.
A real legend of bowls, hopefully someone can pass on his many club achievements.

STATE PAIRS: 1999, 2004
NATIONAL PAIRS: 1999 (with Clive Adams)

I’m extremely saddened to hear of the passing of my great friend Reg Humphryson. I’ve known Reg for as long as I can remember both as a fellow bowler and a family friend.
In 1999 Reg and I combined to win the WA State Pairs - he played so well. At that point I think he was probably the best draw shot player going around. The pendulum swing was an artform perfected by Reg.
We headed to South Australia for the National Champ of Champs, and somehow came away with the gold. We won by one shot and that win was the catalyst for my first foray into State bowls. It was a remarkable week and one that I will cherish forever.
Reg’s work for our sport was tireless and oh so dedicated. His coaching continued, even while he was ill, and I know his efforts have been appreciated by the endless list of people who have benefited.
You were a great friend Reg, not just to me but also to my Mum and Dad. I know we always enjoyed the friendship of both you and Carol.
RIP.

Clive Adams (from Facebook)
Very saddened to hear of the passing of Keith Strahan yesterday. If you have played bowls for any length of time in WA you would know Strahany. Geez he could talk and would annoy the shit out of you, but he had a heart the size of a mountain and one of the most well meaning men in bowls you would meet. Whenever he went to a bowls tournament to either watch his son Lance, play or just turn up and watch bowls, if he knew you he would sound you out just to say hello and tell you what was going on is nis world. It was only a couple of weeks ago he was telling me about his big operation coming up, and it is extremely sad knowing that while the operation was a success, other issues occurred. He fought hard, as we know Strahany would, but it was a battle he lost valiantly. Wherever he is now, let's hope they have enough ear plugs, we're all going to miss him here.

Well said Simon, the bowls world has many characters and Keith was certainly one of them. He did talk the legs off a chair but hey, there are plenty of listeners out there. Keith loved a chat, nothing wrong with that, he was a pretty good bloke.
Our condolences to Lance and the family from us at OPBC.
RIP Keith.
Neville Stevens
Keith was a family friend and a bloke I played plenty of bowls with for plenty of years. He will be sadly missed, but he was a " what you saw is what you got " man and during bowls events I met a fair amount of people who knew Stranhany. RIP cobber.
Wardy
He was a champion footballer with East Perth (premiership player)as well as a bowler at Cambridge.
Tony was President a few times at the Hellenic Bowling Club.
Michael Zusman
A real gentlman of bowls, Jimmy Gupanis sadly passed away on the 25th. He was a bit before my time here in Perth but I always remember him with a smile on his face still playing Premier League in his 80's at Stirling. If someone knows a bit more about Jimmy please send in some details, clubs played, titles won or a photo would be nice.
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STATE PAIRS 1985
STATE FOURS 1994 (Australian Champion), 1992
I had the pleasure of playing with Jimmy at Stirling, always the competitor he hated losing. Practiced to the point of injury, rolled up with two sets a lot, ended up with RSI of the wrist and needed surgery. One of my favourite memories was a day we played hard up against the club on a ditch rink, he played the tight ditch side all day, the opposition were suicidal, Jimmy carved them up on his own from the lead spot, I think we won by 20 odd. He had plenty of stories about when Melville had 25 pennant teams and how he won the big titles. I brought his name up during our Sunday night celebrations, I wish our young blokes had met him and watched him play, they could have learned a lot.
RIP Jimmy
Neville Stevens

I had the privilege of knowing and playing in some tournaments with Jimmy. A thorough gentleman on and off the green, I remember playing in a tournament at Sorrento one time and his name came up consistently winning raffle prizes he wasn't just a lucky man but a generous one, the reason his name kept appearing was because of the number of tickets he had bought.
Will always have good memories
RIP Jimmy
Ted Alden
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Clifford suddenly on Monday. He was full of life up to the end, celebrating his 89th birthday the Friday prior. He was a member of Kalamunda for at least 27 years and probably longer, he won the club pairs in 1994 and at the ripe old age of 86 took out the club singles in 2018, surely one of the oldest club singles winners ever. He was still bowling well, had been playing in the top side all season. If you knew Harry you could not say a bad word about him, he was kind, funny, always said hello and very generous with his time and good words. You will be missed greatly Harry, rest in peace.

So sad to hear of the passing of Harry such a gentleman and always a real pleasure in seeing him and playing against him, will be really missed not seeing him on the green Vale Harry
John Cottier SNR joined the Mount Lawley Bowling Club in 1997 and made a very significant contribution to our Club.
Cottier played 805 pennant games for Mt Lawley and more than double that in Club Championship games, Winter Bowls and other events at the club. He was President of the club from 2001 thru 2004 Vice President in 2015-2016, was awarded life membership in 2012 for his service to the Club.
Cottier won the Alan Evans (best player) medal in 2011. Club Championships wins were once in the pairs, twice in the Triples, Twice in the Fours and the Bev Sanders in 2018. He played an integral part in the implementation of the ‘A’ green carpet some 12 years ago and was a great contributor to the success of our Club in many ways.
Mt Lawley club

Ex President Mt Lawley club. Like me he was also an anglican priest. A steady consistent fine number two front end team player. Great humour. Great fun. John showed me how to play the game in the right spirit and etiquette. A beautiful man in every way. Rest in peace my friend. Keep the liitle circle on the inside. And do what your SKIPPER says !!
Ron Ross
Melville Bowling Club has lost another of its champions of yesteryear.
Earlier this month it was former State fours champion Kevin Foley (84) who died. This week the much respected Mervyn Shehan passed away at his home in Mandurah aged 86.
Shehan, a former Central Wheatbelt farmer from the Meckering area, established himself as one of the State’s leading bowlers after moving to Perth around 1980.
It didn’t take him long to show his class, winning the club singles title at Melville in 1981 and claiming the prestigious WA Champion of Champions title the same year.
Playing as a third, Shehan teamed up with Geoff Oakley (skip), John Cusack (second) and John McKenzie (lead) to also win a State fours title in 1987/88. In the final they defeated a Belmont team skippered by Ken Hinge 27-14. The Melville combination stamped their authority early in the match, scoring four shots on each of the opening five ends, racing to a 20-0 lead, and from there they cruised to victory.
At Melville, Shehan won club singles titles in 1980 and 1994, the pairs (1990), triples (1984 and 1989) and fours in 1984.
Shehan was among several wheatbelt farmers from the Meckering/Northam area who descended on the Melville Bowling Club during the 1980s. Others included Merv’s brothers Max and Ken, Brian Kelly, Frank Cullinane and former champion footballer Jack Clarke. Those were halcyon days of the Melville Bowling Club, which fielded 12 pennant sides on a Saturday in summer, including two first division One Red (premier league) sides, and a third first division team of 16.
When he retired to Mandurah about 20 years ago, Merv showed that he still hadn’t lost any of his skill as a lawn bowler. Around 2007/08 he teamed up with Peter Johnson, Bill Graham and Ron Summers to win the South West League fours championship.

John Terrell
The WA lawn bowls fraternity has been saddened by the recent passing of Kevin Foley, a former state champion and multiple club title winner.
Kevin was at his best after transferring from Gosnells to Melville in the 1990s when he teamed with his son Guy, Geoff Oakley and Steve Boylan to win the 1997 State Fours title.
The former CEO of Swan Taxis, who had a unique squatting action with his bowls delivery, was a brilliant draw bowler who played at One Red Division (now Premier League) level at Melville for many years during the mid to late 1990s.
Due to work commitments Kevin dropped out of the sport, but he rekindled his taste for the sport about 10 years ago, playing at Port Bouvard Bowling Club where his name appears on each of the club’s four championship boards.
Club records show that Kevin was the club’s singles champion in 2013, pairs champion with Barry Ramm the same year, fours champion with Neville Brierley, Darrel Spargo and Barry Ramm in 2014, and triple champion with Peter Nicolay and Kevin Edwards in 2015.
Sincere condolences to the extended Foley family, and may Kevin rest in peace.

John Terrell
Games played - 500
Club positions - Secretary 2013-14, Selector 2015-18
Club titles - Pairs 2008/09

The Funeral Cortege for Mr Charles Pryde of Menora will arrive at the main entrance of PINNAROO Valley Memorial Park, Whitfords Ave, Padbury at 2:30pm on WEDNESDAY (22.7.2020) for a Cremation Service

Jamie Davies, "JD" joined Bassendean in 2004 and played 313 games for the club including 51 Premier League games. He was part of the 2015-16 Premiership winning Premier League , and I know he treasured being part of that team. He served in a variety of committee positions including President and selector. James has battled many health issues recently but it didn't stop him bowling when he felt ok and supporting his teammates when he was not. He was always trying to improve the game, sending emails to the club and Bowls WA to make it better in his eyes. He introduced Junior Jack attack to his school where he was a teacher. He will be dearly missed by everyone at the club

Games Played - 313
Club positions - President, selector
Club titles - Triples 2014-15, Fours 2010-11, 2015-16, 2016-17

Funeral for Jamie will be held at Karakatta cemetery, 10.30am Monday 13th July. The chapel holding about 90 people will be reserved for family, outside area will be undercover with speakers and screens. I believe it will also be live streamed on the net and also at the Bassendean Bowling club (link provided here when known), which is also where the wake will be held at approx 12pm. Dress code will be bright and colourful to honour Jamie at the request of his family.
Club positions - President 2008-2019
Club titles - Pairs with son Geoffrey

Funeral for Cliff Guelfi will be 9th July at 2pm at Seasons Funeral Home Balcatta

"Tappets" was a very good bowler who played at Bassendean when we went from 3rd div to 1 red for the 1st time in the 90s.
He and his mate Peter Coffey joined from Morrison Park BC and were both very good bowlers and great club men. Tappets was a very competitive bowler who held his own as a 1st div skipper during a very successful period for the club.
RIP Tappets
Lloyd Mason passed away suddenly while at the club preparing it for the re-opening we had on Saturday. He was president of the club, only 61 years of age. Sad days for the Vic Park club.
It is with great sadness the Cockburn Bowling Club has to announce the passing of Foundation Member and Club Legend Peter Novak a true gentleman of our sport.
Peter will be remembered as part of the powerful Cockburn team that was recognised for a record five consecutive 1st Division Red Pennants who dominated bowls for two decades.
Peter was an integral part of the Cockburn 1st Division Red team for many years with his brother Spiro (deceased) and with son Steven.
Peter played in the very first Cockburn pennant game, and played continuously for 47 years.
We extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to all of Peter’s family on his passing.
Brian Blagaich

Condolences to Peters family, Peter & I played in the very first Over 60s national W.A State team At Mulgrave Bowling club. I remember how well he lead in our rink. R.I.P
Roger Barns
It is with deep sadness and sorrow the Cockburn Bowling Club has to announce the passing of Ron Collis a true gentleman of our sport.
Ron was one of the finest club administrators and friend to everyone, giving so much to the sport of Lawnbowls; he had been playing and watching bowls up to the closure of the clubs due to the COVID-19.
He was a man who gave so much to our great game; Ron was the current Club Patron, Cockburn Bowling Club Secretary 1985-87, 1991-92; Club President 1996-99, he was a life member at Cockburn nominated in 2018.
Ron was passionate about the Cockburn Bowling Club and was a diehard Fremantle Dockers supporter, his knowledge of both games was second to none, and he will be sadly missed.
Our sincere condolences to all of Ron’s family on his passing.
Passed away peacefully 4am 13/4/2020, 4 days short of her 100th birthday. Past founding member of Bedford Bowling Club, Ladies singles champion 1965, 1975, 1995 and several other club championships, Australia 4's champions in Sydney 1985 with Alma Sunderland, Sylvia Collins and Phyl Menagh. North Beach Masters pairs with Alma Sunderland. RIP Nita
the sad passing of Morley Bowling Club's Foundation Member, Bob Groom in Thailand last month.
Bob was proud to be an original member and in Morley's very first season (1977/78), he won the Club Championship in Triples and Fours. Our records on the Club website also show that Bob won seven Club titles, including the 1980/81 Singles and 1984/85 Pairs with Keith Clements.
It is also sad to report the passing of former Member, Bill Ackerman, a popular bowler who won the Novice title in 1992/93.
I heard today that a lovely lady from North Beach passed away suddenly. Her name was Jill Murray. Many lady bowlers, before my time, would have known her. I don't know much about her history but believe she was up there amongst the very good lady bowlers in Western Australia. Someone from North Beach, like Kaye Blackwell might be able to some light on her career...
I have received word that Jill played 30 games for WA and also won the State Fours and Triples, both in the 80's
Had some sad new yesterday Kerry Hart passed away after a long battle with cancer. Kerry played for Cockburn had a couple of stints at Mosman Park, Kwinana and Byford. I played with Kerry at Leeming bowling club almost 20 years. Kerry was not only a good bowler but was just at home on either side of the bar. He ran the Leeming bar for a few years, Kerry was a man with a wicked sense of humour , was a true Aussie larrikin , the kind of bloke who when you hear he has gone a little bit of you goes with him.
RIP Kerry Hart, creator of good times.
Danny Comrie
Thanks to Craig Hamilton who sent me this note about Neil -
A thorough gentleman of the game, Neil was a valuable member of the Morley Bowling Club. He had previous spells in the country before moving to the hills and played for Mundaring.Bowling Club. He then moved down to Eden Hill and joined Morley. He will be sadly missed. RIP Neil
Gavin has emailed me to let me know his father Neville Faulkner passed away peacefully last night. Says Gavin - As you know dad was the Bowls columnist for the Sunday Times for 20+ years...played 1Red pennant for Manning and Vic Park for the better part of 20 years as well as stints at City Beach, Gosnells and most recently Halls Head. As a player he won numerous club events including multiple club singles, won Royal Park Masters Singles, Doubleview Masters Pairs, semi finalist in state singles twice, runner up state fours amongst other achievements. Per Nevilles wishes there will be no funeral, however we will be celebrating his life at Halls Head Bowling Club next Wednesday 20th November from 2-5pm.
I would like to add my condolences to Rosalie Gavin and his brothers on the passing of Neville Faulkner. The bowls world owes a lot to Neville on his many years of reporting bowls through the Sunday Times and his ability as a first class bowler. Pity we never saw eye to eye on Daylight Saving we had many a heated discussion as he liked it and I am against it we agree to differ. Fond memories as club mates @ Vic Park and Manning.
George Beacroft
Awful news passed around the bowls community as we heard that Luke Richardson had passed away suddenly on the weekend. Luke spent some time here in Perth, starting at Cockburn before moving to Dalkeith Nedlands where he won the club singles in 2010/11 and the Pairs in 2009/10 and 2012/13. He then moved to Cambridge winning the State Singles in 2013, following that up in 2014 when he won the Cambridge club Pairs, Triples and Fours and being selected for the State side, getting cap 170 and playing 25 games for the state. As a skipper here in the Premier League he had a 22 win from 44 games record over 5 seasons. He moved back to Tasmania about 3 years ago, and was a state skipper in the recent sides series completed in Ettalong where he had 2 wins including a 31-27 win over Scott Thulborn.
He was a friendly guy, always happy to say hello to his fellow bowler and a real competitor, especially singles where he was tough to beat. RIP Luke.
I didn't know Max but I suspect would know his face, I'm sure many bowlers who have been around a while would know of him and be saddened by his passing.
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.
Thanx

Budgie
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.

Thanx
Budgie
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.

Thanks
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.
RIP Ron
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

ACHIEVEMENTS
STATE
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

BASSENDEAN
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.