We're sad to report the death of Phil (B. P.) Topley, aged 94.
Phil was an Oxford graduate and professional bridge player in the 1950’s, winning the Gold Cup and Tollemache (twice), followed by several Camrose appearances. Following the death of his wife, he and his then six-year-old son moved to Stafford, where he became a respected and popular A Level Maths teacher. He continued to play following the move where further success followed with a Crockford’s Cup in 1984. He regularly represented Staffs, including his third (and the county’s only) Tollemache victory. He was a fine technical player and able to successfully play with many different partners who all found him very supportive as did his team captains.
He is survived by his second wife Ann.