It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Blaine Howe this morning,
November 29, 2012.
Blaine, a member of the team which won the recent Bobby Evans Seniors Teams,
suffered a massive stroke just over ten days ago.
The webmaster, in particular, will remember him for his passion for matters
relating to the web and will miss the technical conversations with him as well
as the support he provided in recent years.
The Funeral Service for BLAINE ELTON HOWE will be held in Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, 10 Thomas St, Hampton on THURSDAY (December 6, 2012) at 10am.
John Arkinstall 1954 - 2007
Reproduced from the July-August 2007 NSWBA Newsletter
John was born 28/12/54, and spent all his life in Bondi. He attended Bondi
Public School, and continued his secondary education at Cranbrook. He studied
commerce/law at University of NSW and was admitted to the bar in 1982. He
established his own law firm, "Arkinstalls" because his illness with cystic
fibrosis made it very difficult to work normal hours.
John was a very strong chess player in his school and university days, and won
the City of Sydney chess tournament. He than discovered bridge and was hooked.
Not only did he play; but he became very involved with the administration of
the game. He was on the NSWBA council from 1983-2004, serving as a Councillor,
Secretary and for 11 years Chairman. His leadership of the bridge association
was instrumental in placing it in the position it is today.
John and the late Bobby Evans worked tirelessly to purchase the current NSWBA
premises, which all our members enjoy. John was a representative for NSW on the
ABF from 1987-2007 as a Councillor, member of the Management Committee and
Secretary. He was also a trustee of the James O'Sullivan Foundation. His ill
health in his final years, forced him to step down from his role, and spend his
time at home. He died in hospital on the 15/7/2007. All NSW bridge players owe
him a great debt.
Thanks to Judy Mott and David Currie for compiling this information.
John Arkinstall's team won the 1983 NSW State Teams Championships. John was
non-playing captain for the NSW Youth Team in both 1988 and 1989. He was
granted life membership of NSWBA in 1995.
Reprinted with permission of Australian Bridge Magazine.
By BOB SEBESFI, SYDNEY
On 15 July 2007, John Harold Arkinstall's all too short life concluded in
Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, a venue at which he had been spending an
increasing portion of his time in recent years.
I lost a dear friend, a stoic patient, and an indefatigable legal counsel; the
NSWBA and ABF a tireless and hardworking servant. John, an only child, was born
on 28 December 1954, and educated at Cranbrook, where he was regarded as a
chess prodigy and promising swimmer - prior to obtaining his legal
qualifications and succumbing to the temptations of contract bridge at the
nearby University of NSW.
It was during his adolescence that John was told that he had cystic fibrosis. In
the 1960s this diagnosis was invariably associated with decreased life
expectancy, and progressive deterioration in quality of life. Undaunted, John
maintained his interest in high-level chess (serving as Hon. Secretary to NSW
Chess Association in mid-1970s), went on to become a representative
table-tennis player, competitive rifle-shooter and, as we remember him, bridge
player (amongst his achievements he has won both the City of Sydney Teams, and
the NSW State Teams Championship).
As a result of some excellent investment decisions and a Spartan lifestyle, John
did not rely upon his legal practice for sustenance, instead performing many
services for friends and bridge acquaintances pro bono, and conveyancing and
some casework at a small margin above his own costs.
His generosity with his time extended firstly to the NSWBA, where he served as
Councillor (1983-2007), Secretary, and President (1989-2000). It was largely
through John's farsighted management that in 1992 amid a volatile real-estate
market that the NSWBA obtained its current premises, and in 2007 enjoys its
present equity. Then to the ABF, where he was a NSW delegate from 1989 to 2007.
In March 1994 he was appointed Secretary of the ABF (a post he held for two
years), Trustee of the James O'Sullivan Foundation, and Member of the ABF
Management Committee. John, his overnight bag, and portable oxygen cylinder
were a familiar sight at transit lounges around Australia.
The remorseless progression of his disease firstly saw him withdraw from regular
competition at NSWBA, then, with lengthening episodes of hospitalisation, he
was obliged to relinquish his remaining ABF offices in March 2004, and finally
step down as NSW delegate early this year.
Bridge partners and opponents alike, and protagonists at the Appeals Committees
on which he served, will remember his wry sense of irony, unimpeachable ethical
standards and self-deprecating humour. John has no immediate family, but leaves
a wide circle of friends to whom his benevolence in establishing a series of
Trusts to distribute his wealth to the disadvantaged will come as no surprise.
Linda Stern 1949-2007
Ron Klinger's Article (reproduced from the
Sydney Morning Herald)
Reproduced from the July-August 2007 NSWBA Newsletter
Linda was born in London in 1949 to Sybil and the late Joseph Cornell and sister
to her big brother Michael. The family migrated to New Zealand in 1957 settling
in Auckland where Sybil and Michael still live. After finishing school Linda
completed her Diploma of Education and then did some travelling. She spent some
time teaching in London, then settled in Australia. She met David Stern in 1975
and they married in 1979. Soon after their son Justin was born followed a
little later by their daughter Danielle. Linda was a skilled tournament bridge
player- her tournament successes include