Honors to Vic Bartlam
Snooker players and officials have paid tribute to Vic Bartlam, one of the sport's top referees in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 91.
Vic, from Wolverhampton, has served as a referee for the biggest snooker events, including the World Cup, and is a well-respected figure in the amateur scene in the West Midlands.
Former World Champion Ken Doherty wrote on social media: “Very sad news, what a great character Vic was and always laughed and joked. RIP Vic. "
Another former Crucible King, Cliff Thorburn, wrote: "Very sad news of Vic's death. Always a gentleman … loved the game and of course everyone involved.
RIP buddy. "
Referee Jan Verhaas said: “I just found out that Vic Bartlam passed away earlier today. Vic was a very well respected referee in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Handsome man! REST IN PEACE."
Women's World Champion Reanne Evans wrote, "Sad news about Vic today, rest in peace."
Mark King wrote: “This is very sad news. Vic whistled us in our U14 final and was such a big part of our junior tournaments. He was a lovely man and always looked after us when we walked through the camps. "
Former world number three Neal Foulds said, “Another real snooker person has disappeared. Vic was a great man. Huge character and even if he ever made a mistake (rare) you couldn't hold him against him as he was a diamond. I've had great dealings with people. "
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson added, “I am very sorry to hear this news today. Few snookers have not crossed with Vic over the years. Great guy who shared our passion for this sport and gave so much to RIP Vic and Joyce. "
Vic's wife Joyce also passed away last week, so there will be a double funeral for the couple.