Members will be saddened to learn of the passing of Doug Bell who died in hospital on 2 August following a short illness. Doug had served as Regional Administrator for the Northern Region since September 1997. Before joining BIGGA he had been Secretary at the West Lancashire Golf Club and prior to that at Woolton Golf Club. These appointments followed 25 years spent in public administration.
During the last five years Doug had become a much respected figure in the Northern Region as well as more widely within BIGGA. Many members have benefited from his golf club visits whilst he proved a great friend and adviser to those experiencing difficulties in their lives or careers. Doug was quiet and reserved, in many ways a private man, but blessed with a dry sense of humour. His passions in life were golf and football. In the football world he served for many years as Treasurer of the Liverpool County FA while in golf his extensive knowledge of the game was there for all to witness at BIGGA events. Doug was an excellent Administrator for the Northern Region and BIGGA has lost a much valued member of staff.
'Doug Bell was a huge asset to the Northern Region and he worked extremely hard on behalf of its members. His untimely death was a great shock to everyone who knew him and he will be greatly missed,' said Bert Cross, Northern Region Chairman.