It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Richard Sleeman who has passed away after a long 12-year battle with cancer.
Richard was a long-standing member who joined in 1983. He made a great contribution to the club over many years. He was a former Vice-Chairman and committee member. He will probably be best remembered for the 10 year period up to 2015 when he was the Men’s Captain. Under his guidance the teams enjoyed great success. Rich always encouraged the younger players during that time, many of whom went on to play in the 1st team and are still playing today. He passed on his great enthusiasm for the game and affectionally became known by them as ‘El Capitan’. I know many are grateful for his help and encouragement.
Rich was a keen and avid member of many league teams throughout the years. He was part of Veteran’s teams who won Division 1 of their league on many occasions. He represented Avon County in teams of his age group. You will also notice his name on our honour’s boards Together with his partner Sue he also regularly supported general club tennis.
He was also a keen supporter of the social life of the club and again with Sue regularly attended quiz nights and other organised functions. His great sense of humour was much in evidence at these gatherings. He always had something interesting to say on a wide range of topics.
Rich was always ready to help others both on and off the court. This is evident in the manner he supported Sue throughout her long and successful playing career and in general in their life together.
Off the court Rich was a kind and caring man who despite his own health problems was always prepared to support other people who might need it. He was highly respected by the many people who were acquainted with him.
The courage, resolve and strength of character he showed in his battle with his illness were indicative of him. Rich will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him.
I am sure that you will join me as, on behalf of the Club, we pass on our sincere condolences to Sue and all his family.