• Kenneth Barnes

Farewell, Dear Friend

As we transition into another year of challenges and uncertainties, it is with sorrow that we say goodbye to long-standing PTC member, tennis aficionado, and dear friend, Maurice Ogden.

Maurice was a regular player at the PTC, and everyone at the Club enjoyed hitting with him and being in his company, as well as experiencing his quick sense of humour.

Maurice has been involved with Penticton Tennis for quite some time. He was one of the founding members of the Penticton Yacht and Tennis Club—a precursor to the PTC. He also took it upon himself to initiate the installation of lights on the courts and launch the Club's evening tennis leagues, which continue to this day.

He helped organize many tennis tournaments throughout the years, including The Birks Cup, The Casabello Cup, and The Annesley Cup, to name a few. These tournaments immediately attracted players from far and wide; and, thanks to Maurice's vision and efforts, the quality of competition and organization inspired them to return every year.

Dedicated to the community, Maurice was always there to help paint the courts, put up and take down windscreens and nets, and clean the court surfaces.

As Maurice grew older, he didn't give up tennis; instead, he played with the Senior Men's Group three or more times per week. He liked to keep fit—riding his bicycle to the tennis courts, swimming every day in Skaha Lake in the summer, and working hard in his garden.

His family are all tennis players: Marion, his wife, played for years. And, in fact, that's how they first met in England. Maurice has three children: Russell, who plays tennis socially; Meryl, who still plays excellent tennis and competes in tournaments; and Glynis, a very talented social player.

On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, Maurice Ogden completed a full and active life at Moog and Friends Hospice, Penticton. He was 90. Read more about Maurice here.

Godspeed. Until we meet again.

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