Jack Jones (9/3/2016)

Cheltenham Swimming & Water Polo Club and British Water Polo in general have lost one of the great stalwarts of our game, post war. It is with great sadness that we have to report the death, peacefully in his sleep, of Mr Jack Jones, who joined the Club in the early 1940’s and who has been active in virtually every role possible in the Club, since that time. Jack was best known for being Olympic Captain of the Great Britain Team in the Melbourne and Helsinki Games of 1952 and ’56 but in addition to this he dedicated his life to The Game becoming a coach, referee and tireless administrator. He was one of the prime movers, despite a lot of opposition, in the instigation of the National Water Polo League and continued to support the game and especially the Cheltenham Club to the present day at every opportunity. It was particularly pleasing to see him at the ‘home games’ of the British Championships last year.

It is true to say that Jack remained one of the most respected and revered people in the sport right to the end as was seen by the many tributes he received on his 90th. birthday last year.

Our sincere condolences go to his daughter Carol, his brother Phil and all his family. He will be sadly missed.

His funeral will be at 11:15am on Friday, 1st April at Cheltenham Crematorium. Should people want to send cards/messages, they can be sent to: 36, Greenway Lane, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL52 6LB.

Teresa Middleton and Martyn Thomas

    Jack Jones