LIN ASHMAN 1958-2015

Everyone who knew Lin Ashman, as a friend and fellow lover of table tennis, will be deeply saddened and shocked by her recent death. 

Lin started playing table tennis along with her brother Mark Owen and sister Sharon (now Powell), as a junior.

They played at Richard Owens' Village Farm Table Tennis Club, the forerunner to Green Farm TTC.  Richard remembers that they were all members of his first junior squad and travelled to some 'interesting' venues to play matches around the country.

Lin won County Championship titles, including Girls' Singles in 1974  and 1975, then Ladies' Singles the following year.  She and Sharon won the Ladies' Doubles Championship numerous times.

Lin was also the Lady member of County teams for several seasons, and served on the County Committee.

This season, Lin played in the Hereford League for Green Farm Vikings alongside Pauline Hart, John Jones and Percy Steele.

For several years, she played at Hereford for The Terminators, with team mates Ted Andrews, Stewart Golding, Sharon Powell and Sally Davis.  Ted remembers that the team enjoyed some great social outings as well as the table tennis.  Then for a while the 3 ladies played in their own, perfectly named, team, The Nice Girls.

Table tennis was a big part of Lin's life, something she shared with her close family.  Her late husband, Keith, although he did not play, still got involved and will be remembered from Presentation Evenings when he was quiz master. Above all, we send our sympathy to Mark, Sharon and their father, Stan.  Lin will be greatly missed by all who knew her and enjoyed her cheerful company.

Lin's funeral will be held at Hereford Crematorium on Friday 29th May at 12 noon with a gathering at the Railway Club after.  The family have requested no flowers or black, but for everyone to wear something yellow, which was Lin's favourite colour. 


Mark’s Poem to Lin

YOU WERE TAKEN FAR TOO EARLY

AND STILL NO REASON WHY

LIFE CAN BE SO VERY CRUEL

IT WAS NOT YOUR TIME TO DIE.

YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR WAS YELLOW

YOU WEAR IT NOW WITH PRIDE

AS YOU WALK THE STREETS OF HEAVEN

WITH KEITH RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE.

YOU WERE KNOWN AS AUNTY NINNIE

BY YOUR NEPHEWS AND YOUR NIECES

AT TIMES YOUR LIFE WAS VERY HARD

BUT YOU STILL PICKED UP THE PIECES.

YOU LOVED YOUR COSTUME JEWELLERY

YOUR FASHION SENSE AND STYLE

BUT SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WORE

WOULD MAKE US BLOODY SMILE.

LINE DANCING, HOLIDAYS

AND TABLE TENNIS WAS YOUR GAME

AND ON THE COUNTY TROPHY

WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR NAME.

WE USED TO PLAY MIXED DOUBLES

AND OUR SISTER WE WOULD PLAY

I’LL JUST PLAY IT BACK

NO YOU HIT IT SHE WOULD SAY.

YOU WERE ONCE A CUB SCOUT LEADER

WHO THE KIDS WOULD CALL BALOO

THIS IS WHERE YOU MET YOUR KEITH

AND YOUR LOVE JUST GREW AND GREW

WHEN THERE WERE JOBS THAT NEEDED DOING

IT WAS ME THAT YOU WOULD SEEK

AND IN RETURN FOR MY HARD WORK

YOU WOULD FEED ME ONCE A WEEK.

OUR FAMILY CHAIN IS BROKEN

AND NOTHING SEEMS THE SAME

BUT AS GOD WILL CALL US ONE BY ONE

THE CHAIN WILL LINK AGAIN.

THE LAST 5 YEARS HAVE NOT BEEN KIND

LOSING KEITH, THE DOGS AND OUR MOTHER

I STAND HERE NOW EXTREMELY PROUD

TO SAY I WAS YOUR BROTHER.

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