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Essex Life Member, Ron Gore

You will all be saddened to hear that Ron Gore, Essex County Table Tennis Association Life Member and a winner of the Corti Woodcock award passed away last week at a nursing home in Ashford Kent. Ron had suffered a severe stroke a year earlier. He was 80 years of age.

Ron was County Coaching Officer through the late seventies and early eighties and responsible for the setting up of an effective county squad training system. He was also responsible for training many coaches in and around the Essex area.

Amongst those Ron coached were David Newman, Kenny Jackson, Stuart Kimm, Steve Tilson (former Southend United FC player and Manager) David Cole, Peter Hayden, Rik James and Steve Kerns. Ron’s daughter Helen was also a top county junior player.

Ron moved to Kent in the early 1980s where he continued to coach county wide and was still coaching in after school clubs until the week before his stroke.

He will be sadly missed by all his family, friends and those he coached.