The EABA is saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Harvey on the 18 January 2022. Brian passed away peacefully after a short illness. Yet another of our long-standing cueists has played his final shot.
Despite being an octogenarian he could still play his style of all-round billiards very effectively and obviously enjoyed every challenge, whether playing in his local league or travelling around the world. Brian was one of eight players invited to represent England in the first Friendly Cup in Belfast in 1996 and he subsequently played for his country on many occasions at both full and senior levels.
He travelled far and wide to play the game he loved: throughout the U.K., to the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Malta, Rumania, Austria, Australia and New Zealand and over many years travelled thousands of miles throughout England supporting both the Pro-Am. and then the ABC circuit. He registered overall victories in both formats, won numerous local tournaments and also represented his county of Somerset. Brian often reached the final stages of the English Amateur and in the season 1996/97 won the English Amateur Grand Masters Championship. Maybe his most impressive success was in the season 2019/20 when at the age of 82 and still playing well, he won the United Kingdom Seniors (over 50) Championship.
Chatting to Brian about billiards was an education in itself. He possessed an encyclopaedic knowledge about the game especially his opponents, results, breaks, venues, referees, flukes and more.
Billiards wasn’t Brian’s only sporting interest, he was also a very good amateur cricketer. He was a batsman / all – rounder and played in his local league in Somerset even after the age of 60. In fact he recorded an innings of 160 at the age of 60. An amazing achievement.
In recent years Brian befriended Paul Wood who lives in Asby De La Zouch. Paul is disabled and confined to a wheelchair. He is a dedicated billiards supporter who loves to watch and chat to the players about the game. Brian transported Paul to and from events on many occasions and often spent the night at Paul’s home. Brian was a good Samaritan, he didn’t walk by on the other side. Paul will miss him dearly.
The EABA extends condolences and kindest thoughts to Brian’s family and friends and Tina.
BRIAN HARVEY 1937 – 2022