The EABA is saddened to hear of the passing of Richard Lodge. Richard died on the 10 December after a long illness.
Richard, a Bradfordian through and through, started playing billiards as a young lad in the Bradford Sunday School League and within a few years became one of the leading players in the city. Like most of the amateur players of that era his success was based on a very good all-round hazard style. He was ever- present in the Bradford city team, he represented Yorkshire many times and played for England as both a full and senior international. No team could have a more loyal and supportive member. In individual competition he was both determined and uncompromising. He won the Bradford championship on eleven occasions, the Yorkshire Amateur Championship three times plus the EABA Grand Masters defeating Peter Shelley in the final. I clearly remember his last county success. The game was a fixed target of 600, played on the centre table at the Northern Snooker Centre. Richard’s opponent was on 591 with Richard trailing on 455. He ran out with a superb break of 145. I remember it well because I was the opponent.
A few years ago Margaret and I were invited for a meal by Richard and Janice. Derek Townend and Peg were also there. We enjoyed a lovely meal and chatted about everything, especially billiards and education. Richard’s late wife Janice was also a teacher.
Later in the evening we had a musical treat when Richard, on his grand piano, reeled off one classical piece after another. He was a brilliant pianist and organist.
On behalf of the EABA I extend condolences and kindest thoughts to Richard’s family and friends.
RICHARD LODGE 1946 – 2021