PAUL BRADLEY 1936 - 2016
It is with enormous sadness that we announce the death of Club President Paul Bradley. Paul left us in the early morning of 10 July 2016.
Wortham Tennis Club will not be the same without Paul. He loved playing tennis – rarely missed a club session, played regular league matches until 2 or 3 years ago, was always happy to be rung up at the last minute to fill in when someone hadn’t turned up – (not an infrequent occurrence with Monday and Tuesday ladies tennis which he happily took part in!) Until taken ill he had, for many years, organised the Friday morning Seniors’ session. On court, he was always the gentleman and was a delight to partner. He could hit some fabulous winners as well as some sneaky, cunning shots and, on the occasions something didn’t quite work, his familiar phrase of ‘Oh, I missed it’ could be heard around the court.
Because he enjoyed tennis so much he wanted everyone else to do so too. He was hugely encouraging to players of all ages and abilities and when new members joined the club Paul could be relied on to make them feel welcome. This enthusiasm and encouragement extended beyond the club and Paul and Jacky donated the Bradley Cup to Wortham Primary School to be awarded annually to the most improved player.
Paul’s role in the club extended far beyond play. He was a brilliant ‘fixer’ and ‘doer’ and gave his time generously. Whatever problem there was, Paul would come up with a solution. Paul (with former member Mike Goater) built our old club hut; he made our umpire’s chair; when the fence blew down he came immediately with his tractor to pull it back into place; when the water wouldn’t drain off the courts Paul was there clearing out the drains into the ditch – lots of members will have many more examples of all the practical contributions he made. His contribution to the club was recognised when he became the inaugural winner of the Shepherd Cup.
Through Paul and Jacky’s generosity, their home at Ivy House Farm became a venue for many club events – Christmas parties, tournament draws, Wimbledon ballots and AGMs. We were so pleased that Paul was able to be there on the ‘top table’ at this year’s AGM in February 2016 and that many members had the chance to have a chat and a catch up.
Paul was the person that every club wants and needs. And only Paul could time his departure to take place on Wimbledon Men’s Finals Day.
Paul, you will be hugely missed. RIP