Gerard Faulkner

d. 2021

"Gerard was a professional man, a capable solicitor, a very good cook and had a substantial knowledge of wine. 

He was also a good bridge player who won the National Pairs and the Gold Cup. 

His greatest service to the EBU was to be the Chairman for ten years (from 1977-1982 and again from 1989-1994), during which he was generous with his time and guided a substantial expansion of the EBU while maintaining its financial security.

We were very lucky to have him"

Obituary by Keith Stanley November 2021



John Gerard Eastham Faulkner Gerard was an EBU Board Member for over 27 years, Chairman for 11 years, Vice-Chairman for over a year. He has also been a member of the Tournament Committee (over 30 years), the Laws and Ethics Committee (since the early 70's), and the Selection Committee (for 26 years, as chairman for 6 years). Gerard was on the BBL Council for many years and was its last Vice President; he served on its sub-committees, often as Chairman. He has also been a delegate to the EBU for over 30 years. As NPC of England: unbeaten in more than twenty matches.

  • 28th World Pairs 1970
  • 13th European Senior Pairs 1997
  • 14th European Senior Pairs 1995
  • Gold Cup 1971
  • Eastbourne Bowl 1968
  • Burlington Cup 1964
  • National Pairs 1971, 2nd 1970
  • Gerard Faulkner Trophy 2003
  • 2nd Tollemache 1969
  • 2nd Harold Poster Cup 1970
  • 3rd 2 Stars 1968
  • Essex Teams (6) 1970, 1971, 1975, 1986, 1991 & 1999
  • NPC World Team Olympiad 1992
  • NPC Common Market Championships (3) 1977 (3rd), 1981 (winners) & 1985
  • NPC Camrose (20 - all won) the first in 1977 and the last in 1999
  • Chairman EBU twice 1975-1981, succeeding Reg Corwen and 1989-1994
  • Vice President EBU 2002
  • Life Member EBU 2002
  • EBU Lifetime Achievement Award 2002
  • EBU Gold Medal 2007
  • Vice Chairman EBU 1974
  • Chairman Selection Committee 2005-2007
  • Chairman Laws and Ethics Committee
  • Chairman Tournament Committee
  • Essex delegate EBU Council 1971-2000
  • Norfolk Shareholder and EBU delegate 2000-present

Did you know... I attended Glasgow Academy 1947-1953, Bancroft's School 1953-1956 and Kings College, London 1956-1959 LLB (2nd). I was articled to JHH Kidgell in the City of London and on qualifying as a solicitor in 1962, joined Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance, the world largest law firm). In 1963 I joined Vanderpump & Sykes, a local firm of solicitors in Enfield, Middlesex rising to partner in 1968 before happily retiring in 1990. I am passionate about wine and enjoy an eclectic cellar stocked mainly with red and white burgundy including a 1989 double magum of Domaine Romanee Conti La Tâche. Gold Cup winner: 1971 Brighton Congress, Four Stars Teams winner: 1973 National Pairs winner: 1971