John Spencer, the three-times world champion, died on July 11 at the age of 70.
John had been ill for many years. In 1985, he was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a muscle wasting disease which effectively ended his playing career. Treatment for this condition led to severe depression. During the last few years, he had been battling stomach cancer.
John bore all these health problems with trademark good humour and did much to raise awareness of Myasthenia Gravis, including parachute jumps.
He was also WPBSA chairman during the early 1990s and a leading member of the BBC TV commentary team.
John loved snooker. He was grateful for the opportunities it gave him and was a good friend to many in the game.
Snooker is poorer without him. He will be sadly missed.