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It is with much sadness that I bring news to the Southport Snooker League family of the passing of Arthur Wareing ,our League Chairman, who died peacefully in his sleep at the Care Home he was living at recently. Our thoughts go out to his family & close friends for their loss.

He made his snooker playing debut back in the winter of 1976 for Hesketh Bank, or the old Barn Club for those with good memories, in the recently formed 4th Division going on to play for a host of local clubs close to his Mere Brow upbringing, with spells at Tarleton Bowling Club, Mere Brow, Banks, Bretherton & the now flattened Riverside Club. Not the best of players, he would openly admit that, but he did put a lot of time and effort in to being the best Captain he could, backing his players to beat whoever he paired them up against. And it worked. He won plenty, nothing individually sad to say for him, but as a team player & Captain he won the 4th, 3rd & 2nd division titles on several occasions all the time supported by Margaret his lovely wife. All of his teams played fair and hard, something Arthur always urged and wanted in his teams, as he loved that underdog tag of his team coming from out in the sticks taking on the big Town Team sides just trying to beat them every now and again.

Eventually he joined the committee for the 1989/90 season, and stayed a constant member of the committee culminating in him being named the Southport Leagues Chairman back in 2009. Well known in the committee for his straight talking, fair points and defending the teams in the lower divisions, he always wanted the game to be played the right way. You shook hands at the beginning of the frame and at the end, regardless of the result sharing a pint or two and plenty of chat. He approached me to go on to the committee some 20 years ago now, something I'm glad I did, and can honestly say he has helped me immensely over the years in my time firstly as the Handicap Secretary to then also hold the League Secretary's position as well. Although the stroke he suffered robbed him his involvement on the committee and in the league these past four years, his input & time will be very much missed by the committee, his team, the clubs he played at and all of the good friends he made along the way. A proper true gentleman

Rest in Peace, Arthur Wareing

Chris Gill - Gen Sec