An­other tragic loss to lo­cal bowls scene

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FindSports - by MELVYN BECK ET BOWLS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

THE lo­cal bowls world suf­fered an­other tragic loss this week when pop­u­lar county ad­min­is­tra­tor and player Danny Duffy died sud­denly at his home in Wood­ston at the age of 69.

Al­though he had been suf­fer­ing ill health for some time, his death sent shock waves through the lo­cal bowls com­mu­nity that had mourned the loss of Peter­bor­ough Bowls League chair­man Roy Gib­son only a week be­fore.

A bowler on the cir­cuit for more than 30 years with South Ward, Peter­bor­ough & District and Whit­tle­sey Manor, Danny, and wife Janet, a key ad­min­is­tra­tor in women’s bowl­ing cir­cles, were both for­mer pres­i­dents of their re­spec­tive Northants Bowl­ing Fed­er­a­tions and re­ceived life mem­ber­ships for their out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion to Fed­er­a­tion bowl­ing over many years.

Their home in Wood­ston has been the nerve cen­tre of the Northants Bowl­ing Fed­er­a­tion for some time, as the cou­ple, in their roles as com­pe­ti­tion/re­sults sec­re­taries, re­ceived and pro­cessed many thou­sands of re­sults and were key fig­ures in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the county fi­nals.

Al­though Danny played Mid­dle­ton Cup bowls for Hunts and qual­i­fied for the na­tional fi­nals at Wor­thing on three oc­ca­sions, his real pas­sion was Fed­er­a­tion bowls which he served with con­sid­er­able dis­tinc­tion for more than two decades in var­i­ous ad­min­is­tra­tive roles, in­clud­ing be­ing the Adams Tro­phy team cap­tain for a num­ber of sea­sons.

He’s ei­ther sup­ported the county or rep­re­sented them in the na­tional fi­nals at Skegness ev­ery year since 1980 and his pres­ence will be sorely missed, not only by his county col­leagues, but by many hun­dreds of fel­low bowlers through­out the other coun­ties who have come to know and re­spect him over the years.

He was a real gen­tle­man, both on and off the green, who was pas­sion­ate about his bowls, al­ways pos­i­tive and en­cour­ag­ing on the green how­ever dire the po­si­tion.

But al­though Danny was full of de­ter­mi­na­tion and pos­sessed an un­quench­able thirst for suc­cess, he al­ways re­mained gra­cious in de­feat.

That ad­mirable qual­ity, cou­pled with his will­ing­ness to work tire­lessly be­hind the scenes for the good of his fel­low bowlers, even when his health was a source of con­cern, means that lo­cal bowls will be con­sid­er­ably poorer for his sad pass­ing.

Lo­CAL bowlers are asked to tele­phone their Northants Bowl­ing Fed­er­a­tion re­sults to Steve Ro­den on 01406 331002.

A REAL GEN­TLE­MAN: Danny Duffy, who died this week.

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