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Tributes pour in for Meopham centenarian who loved snooker

PUBLISHED: 15:37 10 February 2011

Much loved centenarian Bertie Rowland

Much loved centenarian Bertie Rowland "Jack" Harvey dies

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Relatives and friends have paid tribute to a 100-year-old who died two months after his former snooker club named a trophy after him.

The funeral of Bertie Rowland “Jack” Harvey, of Longfield Road, Meopham, is to take place this month following his death at Darent Valley Hospital on February 1.

An avid snooker player who still played up until he was 94, he had a trophy named after him in the Gravesend and District League to celebrate his 100th birthday, a feat of which he was extremely proud.

His son Edward said: “He was a quietish chap but a gentleman. He was well liked by everyone who knew him.”

Lifelong friend Paul Parrin said: “Bertie was an incredible character who will be missed. He was one of those people who enriched the lives of everyone he met.”

He was a long-term member of Meopham Cricket Club and Snooker Club, and such was his popularity he was invited to switch on the Christmas lights in the village in December. To mark his death the Meopham team held a minutes silence before their game on Thursday.

Dave Freebody, vice president of Meopham Country Club, where Mr Harvey was a member for 65 years, said; “I knew him for 21 years and the affection everyone had for him was huge.”

Paul Lamb, Meopham Cricket Club president added: “I had watched Jack play on The Green, with my father Roy, when I was at Meopham Junior School and I played cricket with him in the mid 1960s. He was in his mid 50s and I was in my teens and playing for the Meopham 2nd 11. Jack always worked hard for the club and was respected by all.”

Mr Harvey has two sons, Edward and Ken, and seven grandchildren.

He was married twice but his first wife Eida died in 1953 and his second wife Jean, who he married 17 years later, died in 2002 aged 86.

The funeral will be at Medway Crematorium on February 22 at 2pm

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