Phil Smith died on September 24th, after a short illness. He contracted
pneumonia last week and
died in the Derby Royal Hospital, with his family present.There
cant be many people in the Derbyshire Chess scene who did not know
Phil. He was one of the most active members of Rolls Royce Chess
Club and played and promoted chess at every possible opportunity,
also playing in many congresses around the country. He was always
very willing to encourage and teach new players. He was very active
in the Braille Chess Association, accompanying blind players to international congresses
for many years.
chess he was a member of St John Ambulance, and former chairman of the Derby YHA Group. He had a
career in the army before
joining Rolls Royce, where most of us met him either at work or the chess club.
always maintained a positive attitude to life even in difficult circumstances, as his health deteriorated
with diabetes and a hip
replacement, and job problems.
will be greatly missed in the Rolls Royce Club and all the Derbyshire
and Braille chess events.
September 25TH 2012