Sports enthusiast dies after battle with leukaemia

Tony Holland SUS-140212-161147001
Tony Holland SUS-140212-161147001

A well-known sports enthusiast who was president of St John’s Bowling Club, has passed away at the age of 78.

Tony Holland was born in Bermondsey in 1936 but was evacuated to Lewes with his family at the start of WWII.

He joined the Royal Air Force as a medic, ending up in Singapore as an air ambulance attendant. Following his demob, Tony joined Smith and Ouzman in London and then moved to Eastbourne in 1975, working his way up and retiring in 1999.

Tony was always involved in sport, playing badminton, cricket and football. He was a prolific marathon runner, taking part in events in New York, Paris and London. He was a good club tennis player and a member of Rompa Tennis Club in Meads.

In his later years, Tony carried on his sporting interests through lawn bowls with his wife Ann. They were members of St John’s Bowling Club in Meads, where Tony later became club captain and then president.

In typical Tony fashion, he carried on his work as a bowls coach in spite of his leukaemia diagnosis. Tony and Ann want it known how grateful they are to Dr Richard Grace and staff of Pevensey Ward for the wonderful treatment he received.

Tony is survived by sons Gavin and Paul.