Ken Bloodworth’s Memorial service went off satisfactorily at the Weston Mill Crematorium in Plymouth on Monday last. Appropriately, perhaps, the biggest group of mourners comprised his fellow chess-players, mostly members of the Plymouth Chess Club. His son Richard came over from Western Australia while Peter, from near Bournemouth, was accompanied by his family members.
The funeral directors were Walter C. Parson of Budshead Road, Plymouth. In an earlier existence, Wally Parson was an able and very promising Plymouth Junior chessplayer, who came under the guidance of Ken, but he gave the game up as his career took over.
Afterwards, a reception was held at a nearby social club, which provided an opportunity to chat with the Wheeler brothers about chess stories from the distant past.
This was followed on Friday by the announcement of the death of Roger Grime, one of Cornwall’s most faithful servants for 40 of his 58 years.
He was born in Helston and attended the Grammar School there from 1963 – ‘70 before eventually qualifying as an accountant. He was general factotum at the town’s Godolphin Chess Club for over 35 years, acting as Secretary and 1st Team Captain until his illness from cancer prevented it.
He took a top board for the Cornwall county team, rarely missing a match, and was Hon. Treasurer for C.C.C.A. throughout. He won Cornwall’s individual championship in 1975, before the arrival on the scene of Peter Clarke, Michael Adams and Andrew Greet.
The funeral is due to take place on Monday 18th April at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, Helston. It is family flowers only, and donations, if wished, to either the Helston Flora Day Association or the Amputee Club at the Camborne-Redruth Hospital (Bamcoose). Cheques may be sent to Pendle Funeral Services, The Firs Funeral Home, St. Johns, Helston. TR13 8HN