John Philpott, with the National Club Major Trophy won by Wanstead & Woodford CC in 2004 under his Captaincy.
It is with great sadness and shock that we have received news of the sudden death yesterday of John Philpott.
His son Robin has posted the following on Twitter:
“He was an eccentric man, an English gentleman, who went out his way for others, loved Cheese, Chess, West Ham, Anaheim Angels and living on Mersea Island, where he felt at home actively participating in several choirs and the community.
The alarm was raised after he failed to meet up for West Ham vs Crystal Palace followed by Steel Panther tonight. Shortly thereafter he was discovered by a neighbour.”
Mark Murrell (Wanstead & Woodford CC and Essex) adds:
“News did not reach this afternoon’s ECF Council meeting where a minute’s silence was observed for all those lost to English Chess, to which another great loss has been added. A number of Directors had highlighted John’s voluntary and immense contributions to national chess organisation over the past year.
He was the guiding influence that saw the ECF turn the corner both financially and as a corporation serving as Financial Controller and Company Secretary simultaneously and above all, wise counsel and friend to all.”
John’s contribution to English chess was prodigious and much to numerous to recount here; a better time will be found to pay proper tribute.
John was the Club’s Webmaster; this was his site, which he created when he succeeded me as Club Webmaster.
A terrible loss.
President and Chairman