Mark Barlow – April 16th

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of CPC member Mark Barlow, at 8 p.m. last night. He had been in hospital being treated for the Coronavirus but regrettably was not able to overcome it.

A truly sad loss and I know you will join us in sending our thoughts to his family.

Mark had been a member of Croydon Petanque Club for at least 17 years, becoming the 135th member. Truly passionate about the game, he was a regular at competitions outside of our Club, from Hayling Island to Gravesend, over to Jersey and even to New York (with London PC).

In 2019 Mark was part of Petanque England’s Veterans Team, gaining his shirt and Legacy number 21.

He always had time for everyone, a true gentleman. A cheeky smile and a good sense of humour. Always willing to coach and pass on tips, encouraging people to have a go, to build their confidence and importantly to reassure them that if it didn’t work, then to have another go.

Mark was a good friend to many of us and had made lasting friendships over the years within the Petanque family.

When we can, we will meet at the piste and join in remembering Mark.