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Bernard Sharples 12 March 1938 to 14 July 2020

Posted by ian on July 15, 2020 at 5:50 AM

 

 

It is with immense sadness that Bury Chess Club have to announce the death this morning of our club President, Bernard Sharples

 

 

Bernard died peacefully  at home, at 5 pm on 13th July.  Having very recently been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus; he was 82; he is survived by his wife Marjorie

 

 

Bernard was a member when the club formed in 1956 having played chess at Bury Grammar, and remained a member with only a break in the 1970s when his work as a Tax Inspector took him away from Bury; as well as club President and Committee Member, he was Press Secretary, former first team captain and tournament controller, and also former Auditor of the Manchester Chess Federation

 

 

Bernard was close to 200 strength at his peak, and remained a 150 grade player in his 80s, testament to his underlying chess ability, and his determination and mental sharpness

 

 

We’re not sure that the club will survive without him, and we can’t imagine we will see his like again; he always made an effort to welcome new players, young and old, to the club, and encourage them whatever their ability

 

 

More importantly, Bernard was a gentleman, genuinely interested in others, always happy to listen, put things into perspective, and give any help that he could; he was patient and kind, honest, reliable and trustworthy; everyone liked Bernard

 

 

We are all better for having known Bernard, and proud that he was our friend

 

 

Mick Norris, Treasurer Bury Chess Club

 

 

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2 Comments

Reply Tony Ashton
9:58 AM on July 15, 2020 
Very sad news indeed.. A true gentleman who will be sadly missed by the chess community at large for his contributions both at and away from the board.
Chess can ill afford to lose his like.
Reply John F Walton
1:22 PM on July 15, 2020 
A player who will be truly missed over the board and as a friend of chess.