I’m very sorry to pass on the sad news that Rob Trigg passed away on 4th February, aged 84. It would be fitting if a notice could be placed on the League’s website, or league members notified by e-mail – whichever you feel the more appropriate. His funeral will be for family only but there will be a remembrance service for him on Friday 2nd March at 12.00 noon at St Mary’s Church, Hatley Road, Potton SG19 2RP.
Rob was a Vice-President of the Cambridge League, forever present in the front row at the League’s AGMs. He was instrumental in setting up the Bassingbourn Table Tennis Club in 1969 and played for them continuously (bar one season for Melbourn) for the next 46 years, up to the age of 81. Always accompanied by the inevitable cup of coffee. When playing matches in the Assembly Room at Arrington, he would be looking at his watch and the clock as it moved round to 10.30 p.m. Then we would hear “get on with it”, if were were having a slow game, there was a danger that there would be no drinking time left, the Assembly Rooms being immediately opposite the entrance to The Hardwicke Arms. A well earned pint would be consumed with his team mates and sometimes with the opposition as well, then home to his cheese butty. When his league playing days were over, his enthusiasm for the game remained and he would pop along to St Neots (or Santa Neotes as he called it) for a knock most weeks – even after undergoing a major operation and treatment for cancer, his game didn’t alter. Still pulling off some remarkable defensive chop returns. So much so that he was asked to help out at coaching sessions for juniors as they rarely came across his type of game. Aside from table tennis, his love of motorbikes was apparent for all to see. Bombing around in his leathers – tales of rallies and eventful journeys – unfazed by accidents (not of his making) that might have put others off pursuing that method of transport – what an adventure life was for him – active to the end.
Author: Brian Freer via Cambridge Table Tennis League
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