Netherby Tennis Club Inc

A Tribute to the late Alan Roy

04 February 2011 |

by NTC Hon. President Bob Sleigh

NTC’s sheaf of flowers and tennis balls at Alan’s committal:

All current NTC members will fondly remember Alan Roy for many years to come, for his friendly disposition and company at the clubhouse on Saturday afternoons, and bagpipes under his arms on special occasions of all kinds.

NTC's flower arrangement at Alan's committal
Alan piping Santa's arrival

Alan was Hon. Treasurer of NTC from 1978 through 2005.

I had known Alan since I joined NTC in 1988. I had many a time shared a joke about Alan’s bagpipe playing when he escorted Santa into the Club’s Christmas / end of year celebrations.

We also played night Tennis at Glandore for 10 years. One of the main things I learnt from Alan was at golf at Regency Park. Whenever he hit the ball into the trees we would head in that direction to search for his golf ball. Alan would suddenly say "There it is !", (in the middle of the fairway), "It must have hit a tree and bounced back".

Alan piping in Santa Claus

Alan receiving his Life Member badge in December 2010: Alan receiving Life Member badge

Alan was a Station Master at Keswick for South Australian Railways, and a keen member of the Lodge. In his spare time he restored old motor bikes, loved riding his BMW, travelling with the family’s caravan in tow, and gardening at home. Alan was 83, and is survived by wife Laurel, 2 sons Wayne and Brenton and 6 grandchildren.