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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Well-known badminton player dies

GRAHAM Simm, a former Vickers Sports Club and Old Georgians badminton player, has died. He was 58.

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SPORTING LIFE: Graham Simm

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Graham passed away suddenly at the Victoria Hospital in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the country he lived in for the past 38 years.

In 1971, after serving an engineering apprenticeship at Vickers, Graham emigrated to Canada with his friend and on-court rival Dan Brady.

During his 38 years there, he continued to play badminton for the exclusive Boulevard Club in Toronto, where he teamed up with Keith Arthur, a former England inter-national and European Doubles Champion. Together they travelled Canada, competing at a high level. As the partnership developed they achieved success at the Canada National Badminton Tournament and in 2000 they became Ontario Masters Champions in the 45 age group.

Graham worked as a shift supervisor for the Ontario Hydro Commission at Lakeview Power Station.

He retired at 55 when the plant closed down and spent most of his time playing social golf with his many friends in Canada and the USA.

He came back to visit family and friends in Barrow every year at Christmas and his first words prior to booking his flights were: ‘when is the Vickers Rugby carols night?’.

Graham is survived by his son Aaron.

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