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General Volleyball : Don Anthony
Posted by Charlie Orton on 2012/5/28 16:00:00 (538 reads)

I want to pass on the sad news that Don Anthony the founder of Volleyball in England and Honourary Life President of the English Volleyball Association, died at 3:30pm on 28th May 2012.

Funeral at Beckenham crematorium at 10.30a.m. on Thursday 7th June.

Volleyball England are looking to organise a memorial service, on 24th June, venue and time will be advised in due course. - Charlie Orton (LVA Chairman)

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Posted: 2012/5/28 20:46  Updated: 2012/5/28 20:46
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 Re: Don Anthony
What sad news! Even though I knew for a little while that Don was ill, his recent decline and today’s death have come as a shock. I’d like to post a brief tribute. There were a few people who had been members for longer of the original “Amateur Volleyball Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” so it was a privilege for me (constitutionally, my club) to have been invited to propose him as Life President of the Association.

Don was a guy who could think outside the box before the concept had even been invented and, although it would sometimes prolong a meeting, he always guided it to a wise decision sometimes with firmness, more often with humour. This trait of character showed itself in the way he always left the actual decisions to the new generation – even during my early days in administration – while continuing to take an active interest in the way our sport was developing although never neglecting the personal touch and even though some five years have passed since I left the national scene, he has generously kept in touch with my volleyball activities. I shall miss him as will the hundreds in volleyball that his life has touched and I’m sure the sport will too.