Table tennis star dies from cancer aged 53

Table tennis star dies from cancer aged 53

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Simon Meechan

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Table tennis star dies from cancer aged 53
Tim represented Great Britain at the 1996 Paralympics

A table tennis player who had a 20-year association with SportsAble has died from cancer aged 53.

Born in Reading, Tim Heaps grew-up in a table tennis mad family, with his father, two brothers and sister who were all accomplished players.

Tim was born with no lower right arm, but this did not stop him becoming a successful sportsman.

He moved to Maidenhead in the 1980s and joined SportsAble, formerly known as WAMDSAD.

SportsAble president John Jenkins described Tim as someone who 'loved life' and 'the best player SportsAble has ever had'.

In 1996 Tim represented Great Britain at the Atlanta Paralympics.

When Tim's mother Rhoda fell ill in 2005 he left his job in Maidenhead and moved to Pembrokeshire to take care of her. She died in 2010.

The former credit controller learned nine weeks ago that he had a brain tumour. He passed away at home in Wales on November 19.

His sister Judy paid tribute to her youngest brother.

She said: "He was a very, very kind, generous person. The sort of person you could ring any time with any problem you had, he would be there."

The funeral will be held on Friday, December 13, at 1pm at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

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