Tributes paid to table tennis stalwart Bill

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 January 2011

Bill Lavis, who passed away on January 22

Bill Lavis, who passed away on January 22

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FAMILY members and friends have paid tribute to a well-known member of the South West's table tennis community, William 'Bill' Lavis, who died on January 22.

Bill, who was aged 79, was best-known in Weston for his contribution towards table tennis in Weston, where he was the secretary of the Weston and District Table Tennis Association for sixteen years, as well as being awarded the Maurice Goldstein Merit Award for devoted services to the sport in 2000.

His daughter Deborah said: “He was such an energetic and inspirational man all his life.

“We are so proud of him and his achievements, and the way he never gave in to his 20-year battle with health problems.”

Ann Sandford of the Weston and District Table Tennis Association said: “Many of you will remember him at Worle School on Thursdays and Knightstone on Mondays where he coached and worked so hard - particularly with young people, often not getting away until well after 11.00 at night.

“He was secretary of the league for many years but would much prefer being at the table playing table tennis rather than doing paperwork.”

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