Bill Tyzack – Mr Stanedge Golf Club – passed away at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on Saturday, writes sports editor Andrew Jarvis.
Bill, who was aged 88, was one of the old school and a true gent.
He was the life and soul of the moorland course and served as its press officer many years, submitting weekly reports to the Derbyshire Times on the varied and many competitions held at the club.
A few years ago Bill suffered a stroke but he was a very determined man and he recovered sufficiently to begin submitting regular reports again.
His final missive, detailing the winners of the Stanedge Ladies Open, appears on page 90 of this week’s edition.
I first came across Bill when I deputised on the sports desk in the early 1980s.
His dedication to Stanedge Golf Club was clear from the outset and his desire to keep it in the headlines burned brightly right until the end.
Bill sometimes joked with me that other larger golf clubs in the area – ones that probably thought themselves more important than Stanedge – often moaned to him at the amount of publicity and press coverage his beloved club generated.
We agreed that it was his singular determination to keep Stanedge in the headlines that made all the difference.
Bill’s fortitude and tenacity probably stemmed from his military background and his service during the Second World War when he was a wireless operator in the Royal Navy.
Born in East London, where he became a keen West Ham United supporter, Bill moved to Chesterfield after the war finished.
He was sales manager at Trebor Sweets from 1946 until retirement in 1988.
A long-serving member at Stanedge, Bill was club secretary for more than 20 years and was club captain in 1983.
He was also a member, and former chairman, of Hardwick Probus.
He is survived by his widow Barbara, who is a past lady captain at Stanedge, three children, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
His funeral service takes place at Chesterfield Crematorium on Monday at 12.30pm.
I expect the place will be bursting at the seams with people who want to pay their respects and give Bill a good send-off.