GRAHAM SIBLEY

27.03.1933 – 05.10.2015

There can be few people in any sport more dedicated and given more of themselves than Graham. Most notably Secretary to Essex County Archery Association for over 60-years, taking on the Post in 1952 to help out ‘temporarily’ until a permanent Secretary could be found. During these 60-odd years he has undertaken everything and anything that involved County work and never claimed to be too busy to help in any way he could.

In addition to the years spent as Secretary, the length of which is unheard of in the annals of the Society, Graham also spent 10-years as Chairman of GNAS Target Committee during which time he was involved in the selection of teams for both World Championships and Olympic Games.

He was one of the first archers in the County to become a Judge having been active as a Field Captain before the existence of Judges and he remained active as a Regional Judge, always preferring to remain close to the grassroots of the sport he so loved and was instrumental in introducing and supporting many archers in their efforts to progress in judging.

He was President of SCAS from 2010 to 2013, awarded every accolade that County and Region could bestow upon him. Was an AGB and SCAS Judge Emeritus, held the Hartwell Trophy, was a Life Member of Essex and SCAS. At the last ECAA AGM he was elected President of the County.

Our thoughts are with Betty, his wife of 50-years who has lost not only a devoted husband but one of the best-loved characters in archery.

Graham Sibley will be sorely missed.

Essex and the archery world will be a poorer place without him.

 

 

Thanks from Betty Sibley

BETTY SIBLEY would like to express her deep gratitude for the many kind letters and cards she received following the passing of Graham. She also gives thanks to the huge number of people who supported her by attending the funeral at the Church and Crematorium. The size of the congregation showed just how much Graham was respected and he will be sadly missed by all.

The collection at the Church after Graham's funeral raised £1,036 for McMillan Cancer Support.  
Betty is very appreciative of all who donated..