It is with real sadness that I pass on the news of the death of Arthur Bell CBE, following a short illness.
Arthur was a long standing member of South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Curling Club. During his time, he served as chairman of SLWCC. After retiring from the committee, he remained very supportive of those who took over and was always a source of advice. He was an extremely popular member of the club and would go out of his way to socialise with, and encourage, all members, new and old, seasoned or novice.
Arthur is a past Chairman of SWCA. He carried his “inclusive” approach to his role as chairman. Sometimes against the tide, he strived to ensure all members were regarded equally, irrespective of the level they played at. The last time most of you will have seen him was at the SWCA AGM were he argued passionately that members of the Performance Squad should be encouraged to go back to their club sessions to pass on their skills and experience to the next generation of players. It’s a real shame he didn’t get the chance to see it in action this season.
Arthur was one of the few people of whom, I can honestly say, I never heard a bad word said. This is hardly surprising, given that he was a rare breed. He was a genuine gentleman.
He will be missed.
Paul Webster SWCA Chairman