Harry Scully

1913 - 1985

EB March 1985

With great sadness it was learned of the sudden death in January of Harry Scully, a Vice-President of the EBU.

Harry was not well-known to members generally, but for 17 years, until 1980, he had been Honorary Treasurer of the EBU - honorary in the true sense, working in the background, devoting time and money to strengthen the game of bridge which he loved and lived for. He was a director for 20 years, a member of the Selection Committee, a delegate to the British Bridge League, becoming Chairman and finally President, and a delegate to the European Bridge League until 1981, when ill-health forced his retirement.

Harry took on the onerous task of raising money for staging the European Championship in 1975 at Brighton, and it was typical of his efforts that a profit was made. During his years as Treasurer the EBU grew and he was happy to retire with the association in a healthy state. It was also typical of the man that on his retirement he spoke feelingly of the support given to him by others and of the many friendships he had made. For many years Harry also found time to be Chairman of Middlesex (and was eventually appointed a Vice ­President) and to play at his local club and a few congresses, as well as being a keen rubber bridge player at The Eccentric.

His many friends will remember his kindness and generosity, his colleagues his shrewdness, integrity and wisdom, and all feel that another of those precious links with the past has gone - an honourable man who gave all and asked nothing in return. We send our condolences to his wife and family.