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News Release - BSMTTC News 46
Dateline: 4 June 2016

Sad News!

It is with great sadness and regret that we have to report the sudden and unexpected death, on Thursday 2 June, of one of our newest club members, Gordon Benson, aged 74.

Gordon renewed his interest in table tennis about a year ago after an interval of more than 40 years, and became a social member of the club. Gordon was introduced to the Club by his friend, Club Secretary Graham Turner, and gained great delight from the Wednesday morning social sessions.

Gordon particularly enjoyed chatting and reminiscing with some of the older members of the Club who have been around the Liverpool table tennis scene for many years, people like Albert Parker, Barbara Alcock and Billy Clayton. Gordon played in the Liverpool League many years ago when he worked as an electrian at Crawfords, and enjoyed swapping stories on former players as well as old Liverpool.

As recently as the 7 May Gordon was enthusiatically taking part in the 2015/16 Club Tournament at Crosby High School and continued with the Wednesday sessions after that. Gordon was taken poorly over the May Bank Holiday weekend and was admitted to hospital  on Tuesday for treatment of a water infection. By Wednesday his condition had improved and the hospital were expecting to allow him home by this weekend. Tragically things took a sudden, unexpected and fatal turn for the worse on Thursday.

Gordon was born in the Dingle area of Liverpool on the 18 August 1941 and lived all of his life in the city he loved. He leaves his wife Jean, to whom he was married for 54 years, daughter Janet and three grandchildren, Jessica, Zahra and Zac. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and our thoughts and prayers are with Jean and the family.

Gordon Benson. right, reminiscing with Albert Parker at a recent Wednesday morning social table tennis session at Marine. Gordon passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday 2 June at Fazakerley Hospital. 

Above, Gordon with his wife Jean at the 2015 Club Social Night at Marine, and to your left, Gordon (centre back) at the Club Tournament on 7 May 2016, standing with fellow Evertonian and fellow amateur footballer Ted Cramsie.

Below from left to right. Gordon chatting with Cyril Penny and Club Secretary Graham Turner, trying to play doubles with John Moore - seems the scorer was giving the score from the wrong place though - and Gordon chatting with social members Julia Cornish and Elaine Core in between games.

Gordon had enjoyed life to the full right up to the end as these shots suggest; and his general health had been very good. He will be sadly missed. 

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