Everyone here at Snooker Scene sends our sympathies to Jimmy White whose father, Tommy, died today at the age of 88.

Tommy was a regular fixture on the circuit and his friendly, cheerful manner never wavered despite all those Crucible disappointments.

Like all Jimmy's fans, Tommy experienced many highs and lows over the years but remained immensely proud of his son's achievements.

When Jimmy won the 2004 Players Championship in Glasgow, Tommy leapt out of the crowd to embrace his son and the man he beat in the final, Paul Hunter, also now sadly gone.

The moment was sweeter for Jimmy - and everyone who knew Tommy - because his dad was there to celebrate with him.


Anonymous said...

Hear, Hear!

Only heard at the weekend.

Will be a very very sad loss to everyone because he was a magnificent character.

Graeme said...

Very sad news.

I met Tommy at the Players final after White took the title and told him how proud I was to not only to have been there but also to have been at the Kelvin Hall in '81 when Jimmy took the title and his first pro victory.
Every tournament I attended in between, there was Tommy supporting his boy.
Wishing Jimmy all good wishes.
NO ONE has done more for the popularity of the game.
Bring on the wild cards.