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John Jarvis - Rest in Peace

The NCSMBA is saddened to learn that John Jarvis of Thorpe Marriott SMBC has passed away and wishes to send its condolences to his wife and family. John was a very popular figure on the short mat bowls scene and will be greatly mourned by all who knew him. He was an active member of the Norfolk Over 60’s Squad where his presence will be sorely missed when play resumes after the pandemic restrictions are over. John was a member of the Norfolk County Squad for several years where he established himself as a top skip in the triples for Norfolk “A” before appearing for Norfolk Premier.

Former Norfolk County Team Manager Selwyn Goldsmith said that he was greatly saddened by the news of John’s death. He said that he first saw John playing for the Over 60’s and quickly decided to invite John into the squad where he was a positive influence on the rest of the team. For several years John skipped a triple in the Norfolk “A” team where he established a great playing relationship with Hingham’s Graham Tweed playing at number two. His triples win ratio was one of the highest in the county squad during Goldsmith’s years as County Manager. He said that Jarvis was always dependable and his dry humour would brighten even difficult days. He added that the many tributes to John on the Norfolk Over 60’s SMBA Facebook page demonstrate the high regard he was held by all who played with and against him.

Tony Turner, on behalf of the Thorpe Marriott club, said that John was “a much liked member who was always willing to help new players and give advice. John was a member of Thorpe Marriott for many years and a good team member who will be sadly missed.”
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