MEMORIES OF (AND A TRIBUTE TO) CEC DUCKMANTON – A SENIOR SECTION STALWART

Cec Duckmanton passed away last Tuesday evening. He was well liked and will be sadly missed by all the Senior section members who knew him.

He was the last surviving original member of the Canwick Park Senior section, founded in 1980.

Our first ever committee was Cec, Bill Heeley and Steve Mucha, with Fred Bellingham as Captain and Secretary. For many years Cec ran the twice weekly stableford competitions, which regularly had 40 players or more. He kept meticulous on-going records in those pre computer days in a small hard cover notebook, ensuring that winners and runners up had their handicaps suitably adjusted. Many will remember the tradition that the Friday winner always bought a large bowl of chips for the rest of the players.

Cec was justifiably known as a character – a very likeable character but one with ways which in anyone else could have been not so affably received. He was very fond of a chat, but frequently in the middle of a round and occasionally involved wandering across a couple of fairways to engage someone in conversation. But no one ever seemed to mind, it was “Oh well, that’s Cec, God bless him”. I am pretty sure also that he was not the only senior golfer to have lost his powered trolley in a pond, but was very likely to be unique in that Cec did it twice – once at home and once away.

I am sure that all of us who knew him over many years are the better for having done so.

Len Charlton.