We have now been advised of the funeral arrangements for Lou.
Friday 1st July - 11.20 at the Southend Crematorium – family flowers only please but donations would be welcome to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service.
There will be a reception at Rayleigh Lodge from 12.30.
It is with great sadness that we heard the news that Southend stalwart for so many years, Lou Hopkins, passed away peacefully last Thursday 2nd June. As soon as we know when the Funeral Service is and the details we will publish here. Our thoughts are with his Family and friends at this sad time.
Lou has been involved with local Southend Table Tennis for over 50 years. He played in local leagues, Southend, Basildon, Chelmsford, Burnham and Brentwood. Always happy, always looking to help out wherever he could.
In Southend, Lou has done several roles for the Committee; running the Summer League for many years, the RoseBowl Competition, Closed Championships and has always looked to help wherever he could. In more recent years, Lou looked after the League’s Finances and always produced immaculate Books.
In his early days, Lou played for ‘Inflight Cleaning’: who were based at Southend Airport, who he also worked for. Later the Club switched to Rawreth where he continued to play for many years, ending up with the RESSC Club.
Lou ran Junior Coaching classes at the Southend Leisure Centre for several years and coached at various schools.
In the 90′s, he, together with Stuart Gibbs, Roy Savill, Paul Reed and Bill Wall, set up Setts in the Basildon League area, which he ran for many years, right up to the more recent months, when ill health got the better of him.
Lou was always a mid Division player, always capable of good wins, never complaining if he lost and always congratulating his opponent if he lost.
Lou was liked wherever he went.
Lou will be much missed by all.