John Street, one of snooker's best known referees in the 1980s and 90s, has died of lung disease at the age of 77.
John refereed five world finals at the Crucible. He took charge of Cliff Thorburn's 1980 triumph, Joe Johnson's surprise win in 1986, Steve Davis's 18-3 drubbing of John Parrott in 1989, Stephen Hendry's great comeback against Jimmy White in 1992 and Hendry's fifth capture of the crown in 1995.
In addition, he was one of the leading officials at the Wembley Masters. His last match came at the 1997 final where Davis recovered from 8-4 down to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-8, a contest famously interrupted by a female streaker.
John reffed White's 1992 Crucible maximum and at one stage told an over-excited spectator to 'shut up' so as not to put Jimmy off.
Everyone respected him. He was one of snooker's top officials and a famous face himself in the game's boom years.
In recent times he wrote an authoritative guide to the rules with Peter Rook and a column in Pot Black and later Cuesport magazine.
In the last year he was able to walk only with the aid of sticks. He was admitted to hospital before Christmas.
He died three days after his 77th birthday.
John leaves a wife, Jean, and two children.