AN honorary member of the croquet club at Phyllis Court Club in Henley has died.
Bill Eades had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years.
He and his wife Pat joined Phyllis Court Club about 22 years ago and took up croquet the following summer.
After learning association during the first year, they changed to golf croquet which proved to be Bill’s game.
He served on the committee for many years and was usually in charge of lawns and equipment. He was keen to enter competitions and was frequently chosen for matches.
He won many of the golf croquet trophies but his single best achievement was winning the Southern Federation Solstice Tournament in 2005 with T Johansen, which was a first for Phyllis Court Club.
Bill enjoyed training newcomers and passing on his skills. His final tournament was partnering Pat in the inaugural Hugh’s Mallet Tournament.
Unfortunately, his ill-health did not allow him to continue playing but for a few years he continued to come down to the club to watch and encourage others.