In Memory


This page seeks to remember Members who have contributed to the Club but who are now deceased.


Some will have links attached to photographs taken at events in honour of their memory.


Eric John Finnemore

(Known as John to all his family and friends)

6th December 1953 to 19th February 2024


  We are saddened to report the loss of John who was the Founder, first Chairman and first President of the Carmarthen Table Tennis Club .


  He was a great friend to the Club and to his Team mates.


  John moved from Staffordshire to Llangain in Carmarthenshire in the early 1980's.  He was a dairy farmer and a Table Tennis Player, playing in Leagues and Clubs

  around Stafford; sometimes in two Leagues at the same time. 


He was a very good righthanded player who had a ferocious, unorthodox back hand stroke that left many a player believing they had played a 'lefthanded player'.


  After finding there was no Table Tennis Club in the area he approached the Carmarthen Leisure Centre seeking a way to start a 'Club'.  Supported by the Lesiure Centre 

  Manager and staff (who had 'found' 2 tables some where!) John started the Club in February 1986.


  Later that year and to allow for Grant Applications to be made the Club agreed a formal Constitution and appointed a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and a Committee. 

  John was the Club's first Chairman.


  The Club soon grew from 2 'repaired' tables belonging to the Leisure Centre to 4 Tables belonging to the Club.  John oversaw this growth with gusto and was pround of

  the achivements made by the Club which now ownes 12 playing tables plus a Table with a Coaching Robot attached.


  In 1987, for the 87/88 season, The Club applied to the Swansea League for Team Membership and the first Carmarthen Table Tennis League Team was born

with John as its Captain.


  Later, as the Club grew and him more busy with work, John stepped down as Chairman but, after some cajoling, accepted the post of Honarary Club President. 

In this role, he presented the trophies at the "Dyfed Closed" summer Tournamnets the Club organised for players from all over Swansea and West Wales.


  He will be greatly missed.


Photos of John

Ray Richards

(Raymond Thomas Richards)

24th July 1954 to 18th April 2022


We are saddened to report the lose of Ray who has been a geat friend to the Club and a colleague

to his Team mates.


Ray has played for a number of Club in the Swansea/Carmarthenshire area including Llanelli and, latterly, Carmarthen Table Tennis Club; playing in the Premier Division for Carmarthen C.


A difficult player to play, Ray will be missed as a friend and as a playing colleague who never gave in and always tried his hardest.

Andrew Joules


We are saddened to report the loss of a great friend and colleague, Andrew Joules.  Andrew has attended the Club for many years and has played in the Swansea and District Table Tennis League starting in the 2nd Division and moving through the First Division on to the Premier Division.  He was ferocious when it came to competition but off the table you would not meet a nicer person.


Andrew unfortunately developed Motor Neuron Disease and died on the 4th March 2018 at the age of 53 years, at home.   He leaves a wife and three children.


Photos of Andrew

David Watkins (a.k.a. Safari Dave)


David grew up in England, but after many travels in his early 20’s, spent most of his adult life in California, where he lived an active, outdoor life. After retiring from his landscape gardening business, he returned to the UK in 2007 to settle in West Wales.

He was inspired to take up the game he had enjoyed during his teenage years, even though he hadn't played for 60 years, and participated with great enthusiasm, always looking forward to his Thursday night Carmarthen games and had considered playing in the League if a suitable opportunity had come forward.  David was a mature player who sought to continue to play and improve his skill at all opportunities.

Sadly he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, although he survived it for twelve years in which he continued to live a very active life until he passed away in April, 2017.

David died at home with his family who indicated that David greatly appreciated the work of our Club.


Photos of David

Keith Sibley


It is also with great sadness that we report the death of a great colleague of ours - Keith Sibley, who died on Saturday 23rd April 2016.  Keith was born on the 7th January 1935.  He was a competent player who came to us later in life after the had moved to Llanstephan.  However he had played League Table Tennis in his past and showed all the signs of a great player. He would never give up and always wanted to expand both his knowledge of, and his skill in, the game.  After he became unwell he still attended the the Club occasionally and revelled in watching quality, attacking matches played by others.  He had suffered from dementia for some time and had recently been in hospital.  However he had come home prior to his death and died peacefully.


Photos of Keith

Jeff Parsons


It is with great sadness that we report the death of a great colleague of ours - Jeff Parsons, who died on Sunday 10th April 2016.  Jeff was a long standing member of our Club and a League Team player for many years.  Jeff started his table tennis career at the age of 16 when he played for PST (Press Steel Fisher) before joining The Llanelli YMCA, the Llanelli Leisure Centre team and, latterly, Carmarthen Table Tennis Club.  He has played in the Swansea League for many, many years and is a well liked and respected person in those environments.


Jeff was a Llanelli man and was well know in the area in his role as a Solicitor who specialised in pneumoconiosis (and similar) cases.  He was also well know as a business man and will be sadly missed by all.


A very competent player he won the “Tony Edwards Memorial Trophy” in 2008, 2009 and 2010


Photos of Jeff - Photos from 'Tony Edwards Memorial Trophy December 2008'

Brian Lewis


It is with sadness that we report the death of a past table tennis colleague of ours - Brian Lewis, who died on 13th March 2016.  Brian was a long standing member of our Club and a League Team player for many years playing in the Swansea League team that came 2nd in Division 2 in 1997.  Brian had withdrawn from the sport for the last few years having been plagued by a long standing chest illness.  He died on the 28th February 2016.


Photographs of Brian with trophy winning team

Tim Heaps


Tim Heaps was a Club and League player and unofficial coach within the Club.  He played with us from 2003/04 until 2012. He died suddenly in December 2013.  He was a well known player in England and Wales and well know within Disability sports representing the UK in many competitions.

Joe Morris


Joe Morris was a Club and League player and a Club Coach.  He was also our Club President until his untimely death on the 11th December 2011.  Joe ‘came back to Wales - when he retired to the Carmarthen area.  He was an extremely competent player and took coaching of junior and adult players very seriously; he was well liked and is missed greatly. The first annual ‘Junior West Wales Competition’ was held in his honour, in 2012.


Photos of Joe

George Bushnell


George Bushnell retired to west Wales from the London area.  He had played table tennis all his life and was a respected player in London leagues.  George played within the Club and in the Swansea League, and caused many younger players major problems with his ‘interesting’ style of play.  He carried up to 10 bats and was able to ‘choose’ which combination of rubbers/bat suited his style when playing a particular opponent.  George sadly died on the 2nd November 2011 aged 86.


Photos of George

Tony Edwards


Tony Edwards was a Club and League player and also our Treasurer until his untimely death from cancer in 2000.  An annual competition was organised and a Trophy presented to the winner.  All Club members were entitled to play and all given a ‘handicapped score’ depending on their ability.   


Pictures from some of the memorial competitions:.

December 2007

December 2008

April 2010 (due December 2009)

December 2010

December 2012