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Bill Colwill (right) receives the Doug Gardner Award in 2007.

 

Bill Colwill OBE, 15 October 1930–13 November 2016

Tributes from the hockey family around the world have poured in following the death of Bill Colwill, aged 86, at the weekend.

In a hockey career spanning over six decades Bill was involved in all aspects of the game and earned the highest respect from those who knew him. He was a sports journalist for many years, covering both domestic and international hockey, and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the game.

Bill was born in Horrabridge, Devon, and educated at Tavistock Grammar School. His love of hockey started from a young age and, as a schoolboy, he saw Great Britain’s first Olympic medal at Wembley in 1948 and was also present reporting on their gold medal in Seoul in 1988.

His playing career was limited to his London University team Birkbeck College as cricket took precedence. He was an umpire to domestic divisional level, although he did have one international (Yugoslavia vs USA) at a Folkestone Festival.

Bill was Hockey Correspondent for the Independent from its first day of publication in September 1986 when he reported on England’s World Cup game against Argentina from Willesden. He covered Olympics, World Cups, Champions Trophy and Continental Cups and reported on hockey from all five continents having first started writing for the Observer in the early 70s.

In 2007 he received the world governing body FIH’s President’s Award for Hockey, presented by the then President Els van Brieda Vriesman of Netherlands.

He was an Associate Editor of the publications World Hockey and Hockey Sport and was a regular contributor and adviser for many years.

Bill was Treasurer of the Sports Journalists’ Association for 12 years, from 1994 to 2006, when he won the Doug Gardner Award for his outstanding contribution to the Association and sports journalism. He was made an honorary member of the SJA and continued as Membership Secretary for several years.

He was Secretary of the Hockey Writers’ Club from 1983 to 1995, then Chairman until 1999, and became a Vice-president in 2000. He edited 90 issues of the club newsletter, The Hockey Writer, until 2015.

Bill was a civil servant in the Central Office of Information, working with Bernard Ingham in Margaret Thatcher’s government. He was awarded the OBE in 1990, one year before his retirement.

His wife, Jean, whom he married in 1955, supported him loyally in his love for hockey, both at home and abroad, as sometime co-reporter, regular proof reader and amenuensis. She died in 2010 and he leaves a son Peter, who is a long-time member of Amersham and Chalfont Hockey Club.

His fellow journalist Patrick Rowley, paid tribute: “Bill was a close and very respected friend for as long as I can remember. To me personally he was a mentor. I always valued his opinion and guidance.”

Mike Haymonds, 16 November 2016

 

pdfUpdate: The funeral will take place on 30 November 2016 at the Chilterns Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham HP7 0ND at 5:15pm.The crematorium is on the north side of Whielden Lane (A404), Amersham HP7 0ND. www.chilternscrematorium.co.uk

After the service those attending are invited to join Bill’s son Peter and family members at The Plough Inn, The Hill, Winchmore Hill, Amersham HP7 0PA (01495 259757). For the Plough Inn turn right out of the Crematorium and proceed a short distance down the A404 before turning left into Winchmore Hill Village.

It will be helpful, in making catering arrangements, if those intending to go on to the Plough Inn would notify Rodney Rigby.


Flowers: family only; donations to the Alzheimer’s Society.

For queries please contact Maurice Kittrell. Maurice has penned his own obituary for Bill which is downloadable by clicking the PDF icon to the right.

Melvyn Pignon 02Melvyn Pignon who has died at the age of 86 was possibly the best known woman hockey player of her generation. She first played at Kidderminster High School in Worcestershire and went on to train as a PE teacher at Lady Mabel College of Physical Education, beginning her teaching career at the Joseph Leckie Comprehensive school in Walsall and playing club hockey for Kidderminster LHC and county hockey for Worcestershire. She was first selected in the Midlands reserve team in 1954 and the same year was chosen to be a member of the England team to tour South Africa. She was a fixture in the Midlands team from 1955 and was again a member of an England touring team to Australia in 1956 to participate in the IFWHA tournament. Marjorie Pollard reported in Hockey Field that “M Hickey did extraordinarily well and was consistently good under all conditions and was a constant source of worry to opposing defences.” In those days it was, “Not the winning but the taking part”, and Melvyn later confessed to being rather frustrated that although England won all their matches there was no winner of the Tournament declared and no medals or trophy awarded.

Her full England International career began in 1957, winning the first of her 62 caps when she was selected to play on the left wing at Wembley against Ireland. She held her place for the next ten years and was extremely proud to be Captain in 1966 and 1967. She was a lively, enthusiastic and intelligent player and captain, liked and respected by all who played with her. She was described as a player who thrilled thousands at her many appearances, particularly at the annual Wembley Internationals, and was a personality who never failed to raise hopes and put life and real excitement into any game in which she played. Many schoolgirls who attended the Wembley matches were inspired by her play and dozens of them wrote to her to tell her so.

Melvyn Pignon 03Melvyn as England Captain leading the team out at Wembley to play Ireland in 1967. England won 7-1.

It was a surprise to many when she was not selected to play at Wembley in March 1968, having captained England earlier that season. It was later learned that, having fallen in love with a married man and been named in his divorce case, she was dropped by the selectors and never played for England again. The man in question, Laurie Pignon the well-known and much loved tennis writer, was the love of her life and she of his, and they were very happily married for more than forty years until his death in 2012.

Melvyn moved south in the late ‘50s to teach at Ashford Grammar School and lived on a houseboat ‘Vernette’ on the Thames at Taggs Island, Hampton. She joined Wimbledon Ladies HC, for whom she was the star player until her retirement from the active field of play in 1968. Her energy and enthusiasm were not lost to the club however and she became only the fourth President in Wimbledon’s more than 80 years of existence, a post she held for 21 years. She was extremely proud of being President of the women’s club with the longest continuous history in the world and was delighted to oversee Wimbledon Ladies joining the Wimbledon Club in 1985, thus ensuring the club’s long term future. She was very involved with the WLHC Centenary celebrations in 1989 and one of her proudest moments was to escort two of her three predecessors as President to cut the centenary cake.

Melvyn was a prolific writer and in 1962 wrote a book Hockey for Women, a highly regarded publication for many years and a very useful tool for many a PE teacher. She wrote frequent articles and reports for Hockey Field magazine and compiled publications for the All England Women’s Hockey Association (AEWHA), the women’s hockey governing body of the time, and she also produced and directed a coaching film. She was an accomplished speaker, giving many an entertaining speech as England Captain and at events Melvyn Pignon 05she was invited to attend.

She was accomplished in other sports too and was a member of The All England Tennis Club where she played tennis to a good standard and was also a trophy winning Real Tennis player.

Sadly, in 2010, she was diagnosed with dementia and earlier this year left her beloved cottage in which she shared so many happy years with Laurie to go into a home, where she died on 4 September. She will be remembered with much love and affection by those who were fortunate enough to play or work with her, none of whom will be surprised to learn that she has left instructions for her funeral.

The funeral will be held on Thursday 29 September at St Mary’s Church, Sunbury at 1pm and afterwards at The Magpie Hotel. If you plan to attend please can you let Judy Smith know.

The Hockey Museum were given Melvyn’s extensive archive collection last year by her step-daughter, Suzanne Brooks. It is a fascinating collection of press cuttings, photos, reports and personal memorabilia. If anyone would like to know more about Melvyn, please contact the author of this article, Judy Smith using our contact form.pdf

Cathy Harris's obituary to Melvyn Pignon appeared in The Times on Saturday 17 September. You can download it as a PDF by clicking the icon to the right.

Judy Smith, THM Librarian and former President of Wimbledon Ladies HC, 9 September 2016

It is with great sadness that the International Hockey Federation learned of the death of Etienne Glichitch at the age of 90 years.

The Frenchman was the Honorary Secretary of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) from 1966 until 1984, when he became President, a post which he held until 1996.

Etienne’s dynamic approach and dedicated commitment to the sport laid much of the groundwork for the FIH as it is known today.

Born in 1925, Etienne worked extensively in French hockey, where he set up several training courses, many of which he conducted personally. The success of these meant that these courses were also delivered internationally.

He was also a renowned official, his highlight umpiring at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy.

He was later elected to the FIH Board in 1961, before being appointed as Director of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch awarded him the Olympic Order for having participated in 10 editions of the Olympics.

He retired from hockey in 1996, with the exception of his duties with the Foundation for the Promotion and Development of Hockey, retaining the Presidency until 2005.

His services to the sport of hockey also saw and award named after him. The Etienne Glichitch recognises an individual, Continental Federation or National Association who has developed hockey through innovative ideas and/or the professionalisation of their organisation.

Speaking of his death, FIH President Leandro Negre said: "As the head of FIH for 30 years, the actions of Etienne for the development of our sport are endless. He played an important role in building women's hockey and increasing access to our sport around the globe. He will be a huge loss to the hockey world and we would like to offer his family and close friends our deepest sympathy at this difficult time."

 

Editor: the original article was published on the FIH website on 18 August. View it here.

Graham WilsonGraham Wilson (photo credit, Dil Bahra)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Graham Wilson on Saturday 20 February.

Graham, the Chairman of the Hockey Writers' Club, had a life-long involvement in hockey as journalist, player (for Havering HC), supporter and father of two hockey playing children.

Writing for the Daily Express for nearly three decades, Graham made a major contribution to boosting the profile of hockey and had the distinction of writing for the last remaining national newspaper regularly covering the sport.

In December Graham and his wife Lisa lost their son Tom after a freak training accident at his hockey club and they have since worked tirelessly to publicise the national organ donation scheme, which Tom had signed up to and which enabled his organs to be donated to several people in need.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely sad time.

The funeral for Graham Wilson will be on Friday 11 March at St Andrew's Church, 222 High Street, Hornchurch RM12 6QP, at 2pm followed by the wake at Havering Hockey Club, Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, RM11 1ET, at 3pm.

Mike Haymonds, 22 February 2016

09.10.1914 – 30.12.2012

Nancy Tomkins, in her heyday a well known and respected hockey correspondent for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the magazine Hockey Field for many years, died at the age of 98.

She had a stroke just before Christmas 2012, rallied, but passed away on 30 December.

While few of the modern generation were aware of the great contribution she made to the sport of hockey, tributes to one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet came from all over the world.

Pat Ward, former Editor of Hockey Field magazine, had particular reason to remember her colleague with great affection and admiration. When they got together to write The Century Makers: A History of All England Women’s Hockey Association 1895 – 1995, produced to mark the AEWHA 100th anniversary. It was a more than fitting tribute and insight into the development of women’s hockey in England.

According to Pat, Nancy (already an octogenarian) wrote “the majority of the text most meticulously, from her personal experiences of playing and meeting hockey folks all around the world”.

When Nancy was reporting hockey, she was fortunate that it was in the days when top journalists were able to command plenty of space in the national newspapers. Her lengthy reports were eagerly devoured by hockey followers. She had a great following and the admiration of her fellow scribes.

Biddy Burgum, a former England international, writes, “Nancy was able to create a vivid picture of a hockey match by her gift for words; her deep knowledge and love of the game; and her real interest in each player”.

When England lost to New Zealand by 1-0 at Wembley on 7 March 1977, Nancy wrote, “the lingering myth from a receding golden age that there is no divine advantage in the ladylike English game was buried unceremoniously in the Wembley bowl on Saturday”. The headline on the story, “Golden Age Is Past”. Throughout her journalistic career the headlines on her articles reflected her insightful reports.

The former England international and coach Brenda Read reminds us that “her knowledge and love of the game informed her analysis. Her reports were well written, accurate and fair. As a player I always valued her comments”.

Nancy was first noticed playing for Middlesex Junior reserves in 1930-31. She played county for Leicestershire and Berkshire and later founded Thatcham Women’s HC. That club later merged with Newbury men to become the Newbury HC of today.

Berkshire team-mate Brenda Coleshill recalls Nancy’s immaculate playing style and skills  which she described as “ a mirror image of her personality: neat, precise, understanding, encouraging, patient and kind”. 

She progressed from playing to become an AEWHA Advanced Coach, her first success being to take Hampshire to the South County Championship.

Her abilities were quickly recognised and soon appointments came to coach abroad, first in Ireland and then regularly in the USA where she was extremely popular.

Her journalism took her all over the world and she was not content just to report the major hockey tournaments but invariably took the opportunity to meet up with the long standing friends and travel widely with them in the countries she visited.

She was briefly secretary to the South WHA but quickly moved on to become AEWHA Development Officer in 1965, though she continued to serve on the South Sports Council and other committees.

Nancy was a founder member of the Hockey Writers Club in 1972, its second Chairman (1978-1982) and the first person to be elected an HWC Life Member (1991). She played a vital role in achieving a closer relationship between the ruling bodies of hockey and the media.

Few today will know just how big a role she played in the development of the game of hockey.

After retiring as a hockey correspondent, Nancy and her equally popular husband Les moved from Berkshire to a remote corner of Herefordshire, to a house called Woodhay in Walterstone Common.

She was involved in many aspects of life. One of her passions was politics.  Pat Ward reveals that her work as Press Officer for the Hereford Liberal Democrats “was a special pleasure, enabling her to release her strong and well thought out political views.  A writer of many Lib. Dem. speeches, she could let her feelings flow and really enjoyed the privilege”.

Sadly her husband did not survive the move to Walterstone very long but Nancy elected to remain there. She loved the peace, tranquillity and beauty around her home high up in the Black Mountains of Herefordshire. She was a brilliant gardener and her garden was the envy of many.

She stayed at Walterstone even when her health deteriorated and she needed a wheelchair.  Sadly she did have to spend the last two years in a care home at Abergavenny.

She was loved by all who came into contact with her; simply a wonderful person to have known.

Patrick Rowley

It is with great sadness that The Hockey Museum (THM) reports the death of Barbara West, who died last month aged 100. Born on 9 November 1913, she died five days short of 101st birthday. Known to all as ‘Bar’, she was an outstanding servant of women’s hockey for over 50 years, lecturing and coaching at Chelsea PE College, President of Sussex, involved in South coaching, a South Selector and much more.

In her playing days she went with two England touring teams to New Zealand and the USA. In later life, she and her identical twin sister, Bridget, who was similarly connected with West hockey, were ever present figures at county, territorial and international events. With the help of THM and many who remembered her, Cathy Harris was able to write a wonderful obituary that appeared recently in The Times; see below accompanied by an obituary published in her local Alfriston newspaper.

Katie Dodd, December 2014

 

Bar West obituary The Times Dec 2014Bar West obituary local paper Nov 2014

John Cranwell, a former Chairman of the Great Britain Hockey Board and past president of the Welsh Hockey Association, has died at the age of 78. He served on the Great Britain Hockey Board during its challenging times in the 1980s which culminated in Olympic gold in 1988. He was very involved with the international scene for Wales having been the Welsh Hockey Association fixture secretary for many years as well as the Chair of their international selection committee.

Our condolences go to his three children, Susan, the secretary of the Hockey Writers Club, Robin and Patricia. John who was educated at Mill Hill School in London, was a leading member of Hendon Hockey Club before he moved to North Wales. He was a past Chairman of Wrexham Hockey Club.

Patrick Rowley

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Obituaries: An Introduction

This features page contains obituaries, previously appearing in the News section of the website, of persons who have made a significant contribution to hockey’s history. They are all people who have been in the forefront of innovation in the sport. This section of the website is the go-to location to...

Audrey Appleby, 1924-2020

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Balbir Singh Dosanjh, 1923-2020

Balbir Singh Dosanjh, 1923-2020

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Barbara West, 1913-2014

Barbara West, 1913-2014

It is with great sadness that The Hockey Museum (THM) reports the death of Barbara West, who died last month aged 100. Born on 9 November 1913, she died five days short of 101st birthday. Known to all as ‘Bar’, she was an outstanding servant of women’s hockey for over...

Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint, 1939-2017

Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint, 1939-2017

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Betty (Shelly) Shellenberger, 1921-2019

Betty (Shelly) Shellenberger, 1921-2019

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Bill Colwill OBE, 1930-2016

Bill Colwill OBE, 1930-2016

Bill Colwill (right) receives the Doug Gardner Award in 2007.   Bill Colwill OBE, 15 October 1930–13 November 2016 Tributes from the hockey family around the world have poured in following the death of Bill Colwill, aged 86, at the weekend. In a hockey career spanning over six decades Bill...

Cecilia Reid, 1925-2018

Cecilia Reid, 1925-2018

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Charles Randall, 1948 – 2020

Charles Randall, 1948 – 2020

  We are saddened to report the passing of Charles Randall, Chair of the Hockey Writers’ Club (HWC), who has died aged 71 after suffering from pneumonia. His career as a sports journalist began at the sports desk of the Herts Advertiser in the ‘70s before joining the Daily Telegraph...

Christopher Todd, 1946-2018

Christopher Todd, 1946-2018

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David Prosser, 1943-2021

David Prosser, 1943-2021

     Left: A smiling David on his motorised scooter that helped keep him mobile in recent times.Right: David was presented with his GB honours cap by his son Lewis.   25.01.1943 – 24.01.2021 The Hockey Museum (THM) is very saddened to record the death of David Prosser, one of our greatest...

Ernest (Ernie) Wall, 1924-2020

Ernest (Ernie) Wall, 1924-2020

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Etienne Glichitch, 1926-2016

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Gerald Wilkinson, 1934-2017

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Grace Robertson, 1930-2021

Grace Robertson, 1930-2021

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Graham Wilson, 1952-2016

Graham Wilson, 1952-2016

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Helen Morgan, 1966-2020

Helen Morgan, 1966-2020

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Ian Roberts, 1953-2018

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Jan ‘JB’ Brittin, 1959-2017

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Jane Nockolds, 1959-2021

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Jaswinder (Jas) Singh Missan, 1941-2019

Jaswinder (Jas) Singh Missan, 1941-2019

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John Cockett, 1927 – 2020

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John Cranwell, 1936-2014

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John Land, 1938-2021

John Land, 1938-2021

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Kate Billson

Kate Billson

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Liz Chase, 1950-2018

Liz Chase, 1950-2018

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Lt Commander Alan Walker RN, 1943-2017

Lt Commander Alan Walker RN, 1943-2017

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Maurice Kittrell, 1930-2020

Maurice Kittrell, 1930-2020

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Melvyn Pignon née Hickey, 1930-2016

Melvyn Pignon née Hickey, 1930-2016

Melvyn Pignon who has died at the age of 86 was possibly the best known woman hockey player of her generation. She first played at Kidderminster High School in Worcestershire and went on to train as a PE teacher at Lady Mabel College of Physical Education, beginning her teaching career...

Mike Elliott, 1937-2020

Mike Elliott, 1937-2020

  24.10.1937 – 05.12.2020 It is with much sadness that we report news of the death of Mike Elliott. Mike was a true club and county stalwart and was a major influence on how the Sheffield Hockey Club (SHC) looks and operates today. He passed away peacefully in his sleep...

Nadean Burden, 1949-2021

Nadean Burden, 1949-2021

  01.11.1949 – 09.06.2021 The Hockey Museum is sad to advise of the death of one of its volunteers, Nadean Burden (previously Withers, née Toes). Nadean was a feisty, direct Yorkshire woman who came to London as a newly qualified PE teacher to work in an inner London comprehensive school...

Nancy Tomkins, 1914-2012

09.10.1914 – 30.12.2012 Nancy Tomkins, in her heyday a well known and respected hockey correspondent for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the magazine Hockey Field for many years, died at the age of 98. She had a stroke just before Christmas 2012, rallied, but passed away on 30 December....

Pam Parker OBE, 1929-2019

Pam Parker OBE, 1929-2019

Pam Parker receiving the Freedom of the City of Leicester fromthe Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, on behalf of Leicester Ladies HC.   Pam Parker OBE, 1929–29 May 2019 The Hockey Museum is saddened by news of the death of Pam Parker. Pam was a long-time servant of hockey for over...

Parminder (Kake) Singh Saini, 1957-2021

Parminder (Kake) Singh Saini, 1957-2021

    19.09.1957 – 30.05.2021 Parminder (Kake) Singh Saini who represented Kenya the Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games died in Kisumu on 30 May – a Covid-19 victim, aged 63. Parminder died on the same day he was due to join other Kenyan Olympic players at a...

Peter Crane, 1935-2020

Peter Crane, 1935-2020

  Peter Crane on one of many family safaris.Image courtesy of the Crane family. Peter Crane 04.12.35 – 20.12.20 A great servant and supporter of both English and international hockey, Peter Crane, has died at the age of 86. Peter’s hockey interest began at Whitgift School, Croydon. This was followed...

Peter Savage, 1947-2017

Peter Savage, 1947-2017

It is with great sadness that The Hockey Museum records the untimely death of one of its greatest supporters and friends. Peter has given so much to hockey and he had hoped to do so much more. He accepted the inevitability of his illness with amazing bravery and even humour....

Robin Forbes Willmott DL, 1926 -2017

Robin Forbes Willmott DL, 1926 -2017

  Robin Willmott   Obituary Over the years, Southgate Hockey Club has had a number of very dedicated members, who have helped to make Southgate Hockey Club the great club that it is today. Robin Willmott was one of them. Robin joined the club in 1948 after National Service in...

Roger Self OBE, 1939-2017

Roger Self OBE, 1939-2017

Roger Self OBE with THM's Evelyn Somerville at Champions Trophy 2016.   Roger Self OBE, who led Britain's men's team to Olympic gold in 1988, died at home on Monday 5 June. He had been suffering from inclusion body myositis for the last 12 years. He was 77. His wife...

Tony Johnson, 1949-2020

Tony Johnson, 1949-2020

27.2.1949 – 25.5.2020 The name of Anthony William Johnson was never likely to be found in hockey’s national record books, and his portrait was never destined for any Hall of Fame, but Tony Johnson was undoubtedly one of those unsung heroes and club legends upon whom our great sport depends....

Wim Van Noortwijk, 1941-2020

Wim Van Noortwijk, 1941-2020

  Wim Van Noortwijk at the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in Australia, 2016. It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Wim died peacefully this morning after a long battle with cancer. It was typical of the man that he insisted on being part of our...

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