Former pool chairman dies after illness

Fred Smith, former chairman and president of Whitley Bay Pool League.
Fred Smith, former chairman and president of Whitley Bay Pool League.

A former key figure in the local sports scene has died.

Frederick Andrew Smith died on January 22, at the age of 87, at Princess Court Nursing Home.

He spent his entire working life with the Civil Service, first of all at the Ministry of Pensions then the DSS at Longbenton.

And it was while working there that he discovered his passion for organising sporting events, running the organisation’s cricket and football teams.

During his time with the cricket team, he found himself playing against stars including Gary Sobers and Intikhab Alam.

When he retired from the Civil Service, he played competition bowls for the Civil Service Bowls Group.

Mr Smith also ran Whitley Bay Pool League for 30 years as president, writing regular league reports for the News Guardian.

Unfortunately after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he had to take a back seat and became the honorary chairman. His wife Audrey worked alongside him as treasurer before she passed away in May 2014.

The league honours the pair with the Fred Smith Trophy and the Audrey Smith Trophy for ladies.