14:50 Tuesday 17 December 2013

Bowls club mourns loss of a 'great servant'

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

CROWDS packed into Bretby Crematorium to pay their respects to a legend of the Burton bowls scene.

There was standing room only as friends and family of John Tubey said their final goodbyes following his death from leukaemia just a fortnight after first going into hospital.

The popular Mr Tubey became custodian of Belvedere Bowls Club, in Horninglow, in his later years having been involved in the sport for much of his life. He was described by club members as a ‘great servant’.

The father-of-two was born in Stapenhill in 1942 and his love of sport developed from an early age, playing football locally before turning his attention to bowls.

He served on the Burton and District Bowls Association committee for around 20 years alongside his work Belvedere Bowls Club.

While he may have officially been known as the club secretary, he was something of a jack-of-all-trades.

His brother Dave said: “He was such a popular guy. He was always doing bits around the place, fixing things. I guess you could say he was the secretary and handyman.

“He was brilliant, he always had a smile for everybody.”

A tree has been planted at the club in memory of Mr Tubey, while there are also plans for a bench to follow.

On hand to do the honours was Mr Tubey’s sister Vera, who flew over from Australia to be with her brother before his sudden death, which came as a shock to his loved ones.

Dave said: “He went into hospital with severe pains and passed away less than a fortnight later. It was terrible to see.”

Mr Tubey, who also worked as a plumber for Burton’s former Ind Coope brewery, was also an avid supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers, so much so he named one of his sons Dougan after the team’s legendary striker Derek Dougan.

Andy Roberts, secretary of the Burton and District Bowls Association, said: “John was a very well-liked and respected man. That was clear from his funeral.”

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