It is with a very heavy heart that I write to inform members of the passing of Tony Boughton.
Tony was a great servant of our Section. Whenever there was a vacancy on any committee, or a job that needed someone with the tact of a diplomat and the organisational savvy worth of the best project manager, Tony would step in. This is probably why Tony has served in just about every position on the Management Committee and would ultimately assist Zone 10 as Secretary over many years.
Tony was the Bowls Secretary (now Bowls Coordinator) when I first joined the club in 2005. He was always very kind to the young 15 year old boy who was now a member. In my first Pennant season, I was promoted from the 7s to play lead for Tony who was skipping in the 6s that year. This was the last game of the season and WPH was at home to Gladesville. I will never forget Tony's approach to how he skipped a team which has stayed with me since that time. It could be best categorised as "supportive yet instructive", and I would argue that is the approach which Tony brought to any discussion.
However, my fondest memory of Tony would have to be sitting next to him in our Management Committee meetings. During his time as Vice President and mine as Bowls Coordinator in the last year of Michael Schwarcz's presidency, he would guide me through the intricacies of putting together a championship calendar. Our roles reversed a few years later when I was Vice President and Tony was Treasurer and I can remember sitting up the back of the boardroom laughing and making fun of this, that and the other so that we would both make it through the meeting.
I know just about every member will have great stories like this to share about Tony and I encourage members to do so in celebration of the great contribution Tony made. Our section will miss Tony for many reasons, however, I believe his sense of humour would probably be right up there. Tony was a gentleman in every sense of the word. His capacity to provide assistance wherever and whenever be sorely missed.
As members may be aware, Tony was being treated for prostate cancer which subsequently spread to his lymph nodes. Tony passed away peacefully last night at the SAN Hospital surrounded by family. Family and friends of Tony are warmly invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held in the East Chapel at Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Wednesday 30th March, 2016 at 2.30pm
Our thoughts are with Wendy and the Boughton family at this sad time.