Malcolm Thorne, brother of Willie Thorne and one of snooker's unsung heroes, has died of cancer.
There are many leading players of today who owe Malcolm a debt of gratitude. He ran countless junior events that gave young players the chance to compete, improve and learn about tournament snooker.
Many of these were staged at Willie Thorne's Snooker Club in Leicester, which became a regular destination for young hopefuls and their parents for years.
In more recent times Malcolm was heavily involved with the English Association for Snooker and Billiards.
His love of snooker and dedication to the game amounted to a major contribution to the development of many great careers.
Everyone at Snooker Scene sends our condolences to Malcolm's family.