club and league badminton friends remember with great fondness John Tennant who died on 12 October 2015. He was born in Polmont, Falkirk, in August 1955, attended the local primary school and then went on to Graeme High School. As long as his family can remember his life was dominated by his passion for badminton. John started at the local church hall and was really talented, regularly winning prizes and cups all over the central region, playing more or less seven days a week.
John was described by many as a real gentlemen; quiet, patient and understanding, with a wicked sense of humour. On the badminton court he was a little less gentlemanly; highly competitive, with a fine choice of language which could be quietly but clearly heard by his partner, particularly if they weren’t moving fast enough! He possessed an amazingly flexible left wrist which was often impossible to read and it was usually preferable to be his partner rather than his opponent.
John’s badminton potential was seriously hampered by the onset of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the young age of 23. However he battled and won the fight against it then and again nine years later, returning to the court each time as soon as he was able after various forms of treatment. When he had a major heart operation at the age of 55 he hoped he would be able to return to the veteran badminton court. Sadly this was not to be; however John continued to be very much involved, including being very much in demand for stringing racquets, and regularly supporting local and veteran tournaments.
We take this opportunity to express our condolences to John’s mother Mary, brother Danny and sister-in-law Janice and