John Mortlock RIP

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of John Mortlock (senior).

John Passed away on 26th May 2020 aged 78 years. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Mary , his wife and to David and Jonathon.

The Funeral will be held on Thursday the 11th June. This will be attended by a small family group only, due to  the Coronavirus limitations.
John was involved with the Table Tennis league committee as Chairman and played himself until he retired some years ago.

I know that some of you may wish to personally offer your condolences and perhaps make a donation in memory of John.  Donations are for St Margaret’s Church, Thrandeston. Condolences and Donations can be made via the memorial site at


Our Hon. Vice President, Chris Willoughby has written a piece below remembering  John.

John Westall Mortlock died peacefully aged 78 on 26 May 2020

I moved into Eye in 1974 and soon set up a sports and social club where we worked. Every dinner time we would play table tennis in our old Nissan-hut/ex chicken shed at Elm Farm. Within a few years we were ready to join the Diss Table Tennis League. John Mortlock was then the Chairman of the league and I remember meeting him at Diss Corn Hall for one of the annual championships.

By 1981, I was established on the league committee as 1st Division Secretary and took over management of the results and league publicity. Ted Ling was President, John Mortlock Chairman.

John was a very steady player, with a defensive, dead bat style, playing for Thrandeston A and finishing 14th /37 in the rankings for the First Division . At the time we had 4 divisions : 9 teams in the Premier division, , 10 in each of the first and second divisions and 8 in the third division - happy days.

By 1986, my records show John as 15/35 in the Premier Division and winner of the Over 40’s trophy. In 1994 he was second (equal with son Jonathon) in the First Division and son David a few places behind in 5th place.

John remained chairman until 1989 when he handed the baton to Geof Keer, but the Mortlock name stayed high on the DTTL committee list with son Jonathon as Secretary and son David as County Representative, and in 1992 John Mortlock was elected as Honorary Vice President of the league. By 2003 David Mortlock was chairman of the league and by 2011 nephew Paul Mortlock was the treasurer.

So the league owes a lot to John Westall Mortlock, a devout churchman, fine sportsman and founder of the dynasty which keeps our league going.

We extend the league’s condolences to John’s wife, Mary and sons, Jonathon and David.


Chris Willoughby

Hon Vice-President DTTL

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