Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Trevor Hemmings passes away

Trevor Hemmings obituary
He was a leisure tycoon, tourism entrepreneur, a billionaire, saviour of Preston North End and three times winner of the Grand National. Trevor Hemmings passed away on Monday aged 86.

“Front man” of Crown Leisure passes away

Bernard Russell obituary
Bernard Russell, described as “the well-known face and front man” of Crown Leisure, Wigan, has passed away, following a short battle with cancer.

Paul Whitbread

Paul Whitbread obituary
It’s with great sadness that Coinslot reports on the passing of NRM founder and highly respected industry innovator Paul Whitbread, aged just 65.

Gerry Cottle: “The last of the great circus showmen” passes

Gerry Cottle obituary
“The last of the great circus showmen”, Gerry Cottle, has passed away aged 75, after contracting Coronavirus.

AWP pioneer Arthur Thomas dies

Arthur Thomas obituary
Arthur Thomas, known for his pioneering involvement in the Welsh AWP industry since the early 1970s, has died in Penylan Nursing Home in Cardiff aged 85, following a long battle with cancer.

Herbert Silcock (Snr) passes away after a short illness

Herbert Silcock Snr Fairground
It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Herbert Silcock (Snr).

Pat Woods passes after contracting Coronavirus

Pat Woods
Patrick “Pat” Woods, former regional manager for MHG Services and operations manager for MGM Operations, has passed away after contracting Coronavirus

Quality Coin founder Dennis Roberts dies

Dennis Roberts Quality Coin
Dennis Roberts, who founded Cumbrian gaming and leisure equipment firm Quality Coin in 1969, and later Quality Coin Leisure Limited, has died aged 81.

Industry pays tribute to Ivor Crean

Ivor Crean
The industry has marked the sad passing of Ivor Crean of Telco Trading and Phil’s Amusements in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Described by members of the industry “as a beloved husband, father, brother and uncle”, Ivor Crean died on 16 March..

Former BAPTO chairman Bob Blakeborough passes away aged 75

Bob Blakeborough BAPTO orbituary
Members of the amusement industry have expressed their condolences after the death of former BAPTO director, treasurer and chairman Bob Blakeborough at..

“Leading personality” Malcolm “Dollar” Beer dies age 83

Malcolm Beer
MDM Sales founder and former Bacta South Wales chairman Malcolm “Dollar” Beer has died aged 83, at a nursing home in Penarth.

Industry pays tribute to life of Roger Stefani

Industry, obituary, tribute, Roger Stefani
The industry has been remembering Roger Stefani, a familiar face throughout Fleetwood and a much-respected member of the amusements sector, following his recent passing. Throughout his life Roger notably operated Fleetwood Pier and Harbour Lights Amusements and served as a regional Bacta chairman for the north west. This dedication to the leisure industry meant that he was responsible for countless...

Harbour Lights pay tribute to much loved Willy Clixby

Harbour lights, Willy Clixby
Friends and family of Willy Clixby who worked at Harbour Lights Amusements have paid their respects after he passed away on the night of 15 November. The well-known and ‘much-loved man’ was a firm favourite at the arcade in Fleetwood where he was respected and admired for his dedication, wit and stories. Writing on Facebook Lee Stefani offered the touching tribute:...

Industry veteran Teddy Clark dies

  One of the best-known UK seaside operators, Teddy Clark, died on Tuesday 28 November, aged 81.   Originally a member of a travelling showman family, Teddy was in the amusements industry at Withernsea on the English east coast, from his earliest years. His family stopped travelling in the late 1950s and with his father, Teddy set up a small arcade at...

Elaut founder dies aged 84

Achiel Verstraeten, the founder of the Belgian amusements company Elaut, died on Thursday of last week, aged 84.   His three children Helga, Eric and Emmy Verstraeten, wrote: “In our industry Achiel Verstraeten is known as the founder of Elaut. The people who worked with him describe him as a wise and righteous man. “He lived a humble, honest and hardworking...

TAB-Austria’s Siegfried Dattl dies

Siegfried Dattl tab austria1
Siegfried Dattl, CEO of TAB-Austria has died aged just 51, leaving the Austrian gaming industry in a state of shock.   Dattl died at his home in Ansfelden on Friday 6 October in Upper Austria, close to the TAB factory in Linz. He had been in poor health for some time, those who knew him said. The funeral is to take...

Nat Solomon, industry leader and former Tottenham Hotspur chairman, passes away

nat solomon tottenham
Nat Solomon, one of the modern industry's founding fathers, died on Saturday 30 September at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital after a short illness.   Solomon, who succumbed to pneumonia, was aged 93. In a stellar business career, which started at Unilever, Solomon went on to be chairman of Crown Leisure, Gala Clubs and then Talarius Plc. In 1991 he was appointed...

James Cove, co-founder of Gamesman, passes away at 45

james cove gamesman
It is with great sadness that Coinslot reports the passing of Gamesman co-founder, James Cove, following a three-year battle fighting Mesothelioma - he was aged just 45.     James founded Games-man together with Mark Smith, Ken Smith and Dave Partridge  in 1996 and served  as  the  company’s  Technical Director  helping  to  establish  it  as  a major force in international gaming. Despite...

Al Stone: A sad loss to the coin-op industry

Coinslot Al Stone Donkey Kong Obituary
Media Watch touches on the recent passing of industry veteran, Al Stone, who was responsible for key developments in video games during the 1980s.   Last week bought with it the sad news that coin-op veteran Al Stone has passed away. Intergame reports that Stone was instrumental in bringing Japanese video games such as Donkey Kong into the US and subsequently...