We have just received the sad news that Tony Amos, Life Member of Banbury Central, passed away peacefully in the early hours of today at the Horton hospital at the age of 94.

Tony was a great supporter of the club both on and off the green and had a great love for the sport of bowls.  He was a regular member of Central’s League squad in their heyday between 2004 and 2009, always to be relied on home or away to either support the team or when not initially selected, come in as an 11th hour replacement.

After his playing career was over he was always there at the edge of the green, encouraging Central’s players at all levels. The regular County competition bowling successes of his wife Stella and daughter Caroline made edge of the green visits to the National Championships at Leamington an annual event for him even when he was still bowling.  In 2008 his visit to Leamington game him the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction of seeing Stella and Caroline, accompanied by Carol Galletly, take the National Triples Championship, a feat they almost repeated in 2013 eventually losing in the final. 

A local lad, Tony came from a farming family on the outskirts of Banbury, he was proud of his contribution to the war effort during the second world war as a ‘Bevan Boy’, much removed from the farming environment. 

Tony was a gentleman and a gentle man, who will be sadly missed by all at the Club. 

Our thoughts are with Caroline, Les, William, Helen, Lee and Grace

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