Harold Felton sadly passed away recently at the age of 94.
He was a Squadron leader and lifetime president of South Woodford Cricket Club, for whom he still played well into his eighties.
I (Graham) first met Harold about 35 years ago when he joined Roding chess club. It was him who suggested we relocate to the South Woodford Cricket Club's premises and being on their committee helped integrate us into the cricket club as social members.
He was retired even then and dedicated his time to the cricket club. The chess club had many happy years at the South Woodford club until we merged with Loughton and came to our present venue at Loughton Bowls Club.
Harold was one of the dozen or so members who moved across to Loughton and remained an active member of the club. His last visit to a club night was just over a year ago.
When I was captain of the chess team, I would sometimes walk over to his game and if he was winning he would give me a smile and a wink, as if to say I've got this game under control. Usually in those circumstances he would then register a safe win.
Harold always had a view on any subject. I had many discussions with him, but never actually won the argument. He was not averse to putting an anecdote or two into the conversation.
He will be sadly missed.
Harold's funeral will take place at
City of London Crematorium,
London E12 5DQ
at midday on Thursday 2nd April 2015.
followed by a reception at
South Woodford Cricket Club,
Essex IG8 8JB
Family flowers only.
Donations can be made to Lords Taverners and South Woodford Cricket Club Colts.