Wednesday, April 13, 2022

RIP Grenville Cross

I am very sad to have to report that Grenville passed away on Monday 11th April, at the age of 70, after losing his battle against cancer.

Grenville’s illness had prevented him from visiting the Club since the latter part of 2021, but he was very positive about his prognosis. As recently as 2 weeks ago, he was talking about coming back in the next couple of months.

Grenville played for the Blind Chess Club and Cheddleton Chess Club in the 1970’s, before moving to South Africa. On his return from South Africa, he joined Fenton Chess Club, where he immediately became a very popular member. His ready wit and sense of humour endeared him to everybody. A pint of beer and a laugh were always guaranteed with him.

During the height of the Covid pandemic, Grenville was one of those who always turned up to play outdoors in the park, rain or shine. When restrictions eased, he would be at the Little Vic pub in Newcastle in the afternoon for a game. You could never keep him away from a chess board.

Grenville leaves behind 2 sons, Neil and Mark, 2 daughters, Annalise and Michelle, and his partner, Marilyn. Grenville also had another daughter, Nadia, who passed away in 2011. His eldest son, Mark, is also a very good chess player, with a rating of 1849, so he outdid his Dad !! Grenville often spoke of his children and I know he was very proud of them.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this sad time.