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General Volleyball : Artur Sepp
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/7/28 13:10:00 (297 reads)

Veteran London volleyball stalwart
Dies aged 95
Volleyball England has today announced the death of its last founder-member in Artur Sepp.

Born in 1922 in Estonia, he came to Britain as a displaced person in 1947 having fled Estonia and the advancing Russian army three years earlier. Eventually, he settled in London. In the association's early days many of its clubs were groups of expatriates from eastern Europe and he was a key figure for most of his life in London Estonian Sports Club whose successors still play in the national league as Team Essex. There is a full obituary with several tributes in Time Out, Volleyball England's monthly newsletter.

Older members will have their own memories of Artur and I first met him after being chosen to be Head of Delegation with the Great Britain team playing in the 1969 Spring Cup in Finland. Artur came on the trip too as our interpreter, his Estonian being understood, albeit with some amusement, on the other side of the Baltic Sea. He had an extra item on his agenda, hoping that his sister whom he had not seen for about 28 years might be able to get to Helsinki and they could meet. Although the sea was frozen in those days before global warning, it was too far to walk and she was unable to get the visa she needed and he had to spend his spare time getting to know me and they were not to meet until after the fall of the Soviet Union.

We shall make our farewells at his funeral at Hither Green Crematorium, SE6 1TP at one o'clock on Wednesday 2nd August.


My early memories of Arthur were at London Committee meetings under the Mike Warwick. Arthur as President of the LVA used to host the meetings in his terraced house in Fulham.
We were made to feel very much at home with almost a banquet of food laid on, as we squeezed into his living room and kitchen.

His generosity was enormous, his love for the game amazing.

Joe Zablocki a close friend from those days, informed me, during last season, that Artur was bed bound, but having difficulty recognising/remembering people.

I have found a video of my old friend on U-tube.

he is being interviewed about 39 minutes into the video.


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