Edward Bruce Parker


"Teddy" as he was known to his countless friends died in hospital on August 26, aged 55, after a brief illness. I first met him in the early thirties on the golf course and his enthusiasm for the new game of Contract Bridge soon had me partnering him at Duplicate and taking up the game.

The Yorkshire organization had just been started by George Nelson, and in the first "Roses" match arranged "Teddy" partnered "George." Lancashire were without organization and although living in Yorkshire, Parker formed the, N.W.C.B.A. and became its first chairman. 

This started his long connection with the organization of ridge. He did a great deal for Yorkshire and later for Kent and Sussex, when he moved south.

Vice- Chairman of the E.B.U. and a very active delegate to the B.B.L. at the time of his death, his outstanding personality will be sadly missed by these organizations and the counties he served so well. As a player he had many successes in major competitions and county matches and played for England in the Camrose Trophy. He looked to the future and with Mrs. Fleming spent many hours in playing with and coaching the younger "up and comings" of the university teams.

I and countless bridge players will cherish his memory for all he has done for the game he loved. Bridge has lost a great friend. GF