Bob Sconce, one of the great characters of the billiards fraternity, died peacefully in Countess of Chester hospital, Chester, after a short illness, on 17th August 2009.
A well known international professional billiards referee for many years and a founder member of the Professional Referees Association, Bob had the privilege of refereeing the very top of the world class billiards players of his generation. A stalwart member, and tireless worker, for his local billiards league on Deeside, and a man who enjoyed being part of the local team.
A perfectionist in his work, reliable, good natured, loyal to his friends, and a man of his word. Bob’s turn of phrase could often leave ones eyes watering a little bit at times, but we all understood, accepted, and respected his knowledge and his inimical way of making the point.
Bob had previously had other sporting interests in his life, weightlifting and tennis. Little is known of this episode of his life but reliable information from his friends and the many trophies left behind tell us that he was a previous Cheshire Weightlifting Champion and had represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games. He and his wife Nora played and enjoyed a fairly high standard of tennis in their early married life.
Bob kindly remembered the English Amateur Billiards Association in his will and his legacy will help to support and develop the referee’s section of the Association. We feel that Bob would have fully agreed with our decision to inject some tangible support into the referees section, and that this gesture will be very much appreciated by our members.
Bob, and his wife Nora who died several years ago, left no family, he will be sadly missed by his many friends in the billiards and snooker world but will leave many happy memories.