John Monk – A Snooker Tribute

The Snooker League was saddened to hear the news this week that John Monk passed away on Wednesday 24 April 2013.  John had been actively involved with the snooker league for over 30 years both as a player and as a long serving Committee Member.

His involvement started at the old BAA Social Club and from there he encouraged those who worked at Stansted Airport to play snooker and join the league.  At its height, four teams played out of the BAA Social Club namely the Chipmunks, Harriers, Spitfires and Tornados.  John always kept the snooker table in immaculate condition and it was generally regarded as the best table in the league.  As such it hosted some classic Singles finals over the years and was a favourite venue for many.  When the BAA Social Club closed its doors for the final time a few years ago, John, along with his team mates, managed to purchase the snooker table and rehouse it at Takeley Social Club where it remains as the Takeley Chipmunks match table.

John regularly supported many of the league events during the season such as the President’s Cup, Presentation Evening and the AGM.  He always had a smile on his face and nothing was ever too much trouble when it came to the snooker league.

John will be greatly missed by us all and our thoughts are with his wife Joan, his family and team mates at this very sad time.  As a mark of respect for John’s passing, a one minute’s silence will be observed at the start of the President’s Cup this coming Sunday.

Once arrangements have been made for the funeral, we will update this post with the details.