A small tribute to Jim Wilcox from Anne Braid.

 

Jim started to play bridge regularly in 1972, when he and his wife Pat were founder members of the Ayr Caledonian Club. He became an accomplished player, reaching the level of life master but as a natural organiser he was also quickly attracted into bridge administration both at the district and national levels. 

He was appointed Treasurer of the SBU in 1993. When the then Secretary, Tom Workman, took on the Presidency in 1996 Jim combined the two jobs, handing back the secretaryship to Tom in 1997. He was elected President of the Union in 2000-01. After his year as Past President he again took on the post of Secretary, a job he fulfilled with his customary efficiency and good humour. He retired from Council in 2003, but did not lose interest.

He attended the European Bridge League Tournament Director Course in 1996, and was the second Scottish Director, after Russell McClymont, to achieve a pass mark. He was a popular director at many national events and congresses, and ran the Scottish Hilton Breaks for many years.

Jim served on the Laws and Ethics Committee for many years, the ideal member of a disciplinary panel because of his natural sympathy and ability to listen.

In Ayrshire, Jim was a two time President, an active council member for many years and a competition director including running the Ayrshire Congress.

His health has suffered in the last few years, but he retained his interest in bridge affairs.

An old-school gentleman with an endearing sense of humour, a man whose presence was always welcome.

He will be much missed.