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OBITUARY: EAN EAGLE

IT'S sad to report the passing of another Northants Bowling Federation stalwart in life member and former county president Ean Eagle at the age of 86.

His loss comes just weeks after the passing of fellow contemparies Albert Horton and Barrie Plowman.

He died in hospital on March 2nd having been in failing health since last October.

Ean had the distinction of winning the same English Bowling Federation singles title as his son Nigel when he won the two-bowl singles at Skegness in 2007 when in his early seventies.

What made the situation even rarer is that he won it 15 years after his son's triumph which was actually achieved during his tenure as county president in 1992.

Ean has been part of the local bowling scene since the 1970's, representing Conservative, British Rail (now Parkway) and finally West Ward and figuring regularly in the county's Adam and Newton Trophy teams.

Apart from winning the county outdoor two-bowl singles title in 2007, he also won the veterans singles two years later, having been runner-up in 2004, the mixed triples in 1997 and the three–bowl triples in 1985. He also won the indoor pairs in 1987.

He also appeared in the inaugural final of the senior mixed pairs with Janet Garner in 2009, losing to the late Danny Duffy and his wife Janet, who was actually women's president in 1992 when Ean began the first of his two years as men's president.

It was during that presidential year that the first annual ladies v gents indoor challenge match was staged and one of the guests at the county dinner was none other than eccentric British Olympic ski jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards.

 Ean was one of the sport's gentlemen, a popular and highly respected figure on and off the green, but he was also a tough competitor with a steely determination to succeed. He will be sadly missed.