It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Paul Smith on Tuesday, 16th January 2018.
Paul was a member of Jays ‘A’ in Division 3. He had suffered quite a lot of illness over the past few years but kept coming back to play even when he wasn’t really well. He was devoted to the game and was a very keen and enthusiastic player, always trying to improve his game and very willing to help out wherever he could. Paul suffered recently with Meningitis and died in intensive care in Worcester Royal Hospital. A card expressing our sympathies will be sent to his wife, Sue, and his family from the Worcester League.
Tributes received following notice of Paul Smith’s death
So sorry to hear that Paul has passed away. He used to attend our Sunday evening coaching sessions at Malvern quite regularly right up until last year although he hadn't been over at all this season. He was a very pleasant chap, always very appreciative of the help we gave him and we will remember him with great fondness.
sorry to hear this because I played against him before Xmas and was impressed how he had improved and showed such determination.
Thanks for letting us know of Paul’s very sad death.
It was Paul who introduced me to the practice facility at the YMCA after meeting him in Droitwich at Don Evans practice nights.
That is something I was always thankful to him for and often reminded him.
I agree totally with your comments about him, I have played in the same team as him and against him over the past few years, indeed my first league team was with him and Ewan with U3A.
I know he has suffered with his health recently and it was his commitment to t.t. that was one of the reasons he kept going, I think he defied medical science in keeping playing.
Paul was a real gentleman who I got to know quite well over the last 5/6 years.
We are currently on holiday until the 1 Feb, but I would like to attend the funeral if possible. Could you please let me know the date when you get to know.
That’s sad. Daniel and I played with him a few times and I used to chat with him from time to time. He was always friendly and a good sport and we will miss seeing him around. Thanks for letting us know.
This is very unexpected event.
Paul was a great guy. It’s very sad.
Thank you Beryl , and all I can say is that I found Paul a perfect gentleman and good fun to be with , and enjoyed my time playing table tennis with him , and will try to be at the crematorium to pay my last respects to Paul.
Gutted !!! Beryl thank you very much for letting me know. – from Dave M
Sunday practice night at the YMCA and Paul was always welcome and played with the best of us. Everybody respected Paul and his willingness to play no matter what came his way in life. He earned his place in the Worcester League and will be remembered by all.
It was very sad to hear the news of the passing of Paul Smith.
Paul was a true gentleman and a great supporter of local sport.
I always appreciated his views on varying subjects and his opinions were well considered and helpful.
Even with difficult health issues Paul always gave his utmost and his determination to beat the odds is a great example to everybody.
He will be missed.