Meopham centenarian's dedication to snooker honoured
PUBLISHED: 15:18 08 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:29 08 December 2010
A centenarian's contribution to snooker in the borough has been recognised after league bosses chose to name a trophy in his honour.
Bertie Rowland Harvey, known to his friends as Jack, turned 100 recently and on Sunday he attended Meopham Country Club for a celebration of his dedication to the club and to snooker in Gravesham.
Mr Harvey, of Longfield Road, Meopham, joined the club in 1946 serving as chairman and president before being awarded life membership in 1976.
Paul Parrin, a family friend, helped organise the event.
He said: “Jack has done so much for the club and it only felt right to honour him. His family spent the day with him on his birthday of course, so we wanted to do something as well.”
The Gravesend and District Snooker League created a special competition for the day, inviting 16 doubles teams to compete for the Centenary Cup, now to be called the Jack Harvey Trophy, with the winners receiving the award from Mr Harvey himself.
Mr Harvey, who continued to play the game up until he was 94-years-old, said: “It was very good of them to do this.” The club and league also each donated £100 to his chosen charity Leukaemia Research
A great-grandfather, who moved to Meopham more than 60 years ago and helped establish six snooker leagues around north Kent, attributes his longevity to his only alcohol being a shandy, eating an apple from his garden tree every day, and smiling at life.
“When you get to 100-years-old there are three things that start to fail you, Firstly you begin to lose your memory,” he then paused for a long time before being prompted for the other two. “I don’t know I can’t remember,” he said with a smile.