BRITISH FENCING MOURNS THE PASSING OF JOHN RAMSAY
Ramsay dedicated over 50 years of his life to fencing
British Fencing is sad to announce the passing of John Ramsay who dedicated over 50 years of his life to fencing. His fencing journey began in France where he learned how to coach before returning to England where he took up a teaching and fencing coach post in a school in Essex.
He became heavily involved in the Eastern Region Committee where he served as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer – sometimes on more than one occasion.
During his time in the sport Ramsay served as Chair of British Fencing’s Youth Committee, Calendar and Competitions Committee and as a Board Director. His experience and depth of knowledge led him to organise both the British Youth Championships and FIE events held in Great Britain as well as taking up a position on the Technical Committee for the Commonwealth Fencing Championships.
Ramsay was also a talented referee who achieved FIE status and he went on to referee at the 1996 Paralympic Games. In 2004 he became the first elected President of England fencing and was re-elected in 2008 before retiring through ill health in 2009.
He was recognised throughout his career receiving the British Fencing Bronze medal in 1991, the silver medal in 2003 and was made Vice President in 2009.
Whilst Ramsay took up many official posts within the sport he clearly went far beyond the call of duty and embodied the volunteer spirit. We all mourn the loss of a fantastic colleague and dear friend to many.