English Amateur Billiards Association

Arthur Reeve

Arthur Reeve of Spalding, Lincolnshire died on the 21st June 2004, aged 69 years.

Arthur was well known on the Amateur Billiards Circuit and previous to that was a regular entry in the Mini Prix Pro-am tournaments. Winner of the Spalding championship on no less than six occasions, and winner of the Cambridge and Lincolnshire county championships, Arthur was a keen match player, a happy winner, and a good loser. He had a smile for everyone and always enjoyed discussing the game and reminiscing with old friends. He will be remembered, not least, for his friendly advice to the youngsters in the game.

A true billiards buff and a good friend who will be sadly missed. All our love and thoughts are with Arthur’s family and friends at this very sad time.

The funeral is arranged for 1.00pm at Spalding Parish Church on Friday 2nd July 2004.

Derick Townend

ARTHUR Reeve, one of Spalding and District Snooker and Billiards League’s best known players, has died aged 69.

Arthur, who was a member of the league’s committee, had been battling leukaemia for 18 years when he died on June 21.

Having moved to Spalding from North Yorkshire in 1982, Arthur immediately joined the Constitutional Club’s billiards team and played for them right up until Christmas last year, when his illness forced him out of the game.

During his time in the league Arthur racked up a long list of achievements. He won the billiards Individual Scrap Championship seven times, taking the title in 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1992-93, 1995-96, 2001-02 and 2002-03. He also won the R Gaunt Trophy for the highest break in the billiards league in 1993-94 (97) and 1996-97 (99).

And it wasn’t just billiards where Arthur found success. In 2000-01 he won the Eric Wyer Cup, presented to the winner of the individual snooker handicap championship for players over 55. He also played billiards at county level.

Arthur’s wife Joan told the Spalding Guardian her husband was a “gorgeous man who could always be relied upon”. She said: “As soon as we came here he joined the Consti Club and it helped him settle in and make good friends. He loved playing billiards and while he would never claim to be the best player he was one of those who would never give up. Every card and message we have received seems to use the same word which is ‘constant’ and I think that shows just how reliable he was. He battled the leukaemia for so long and was extremely brave.”

Jack Green, of Pinchbeck, met Arthur through billiards and said you would struggle to meet a man who was more interested in the sport. He said: “Locally Arthur was rated as one of the best players for many years and his record shows that. Not only was he a good player but a good tutor as well. No matter how good you were at billiards, Arthur would always have time for you if you had an interest in the sport. He will be very sorely missed.”

As well as wife Joan, Arthur leaves three sons, a daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at Spalding’s St Mary and St Nicolas Parish Church tomorrow (Friday July 2nd) at 1pm and everyone is welcome.

[Reproduced with permission from the July 1st edition of The Spalding Guardian]

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