John Charman, ‘Jaycee’, one of the mainstays of Norfolk Chess, sadly took his own life last Saturday. After settling in Norfolk following his time in the RAF, John joined the Fakenham Chess Club, where he remained a member. While an average chess player (last graded 100), John excelled in chess administration. He had been involved in running and organising chess events in Norfolk for the past 30 years. He made the League Controller’s position his own, and will be very difficult to replace.
John Wickham says: “These few words do not do justice to all the hard work and devotion John put into chess. We always worked as a team and I shall miss his support and great friendship. John will also be missed by his many chess friends, based not just in Norfolk but worldwide, by his wife Gloria, his children and grandchildren.”
The funeral will be at the Earlham Crematorium in Norwich at 3pm on the 29 October. It has been requested that there should be no flowers, but donations can be made to the RAF Benevolent Fund.