93-year-old Worthing golfer died playing the game he loved

Bill before a round of golf at Worthing Golf Club
Bill before a round of golf at Worthing Golf Club

Tributes have been paid to a 93-year-old golfer who died playing the game he loved.

Bill Burrows, from Offington Avenue, Offington, died on Wednesday, December 5, while playing a round of golf at Worthing Golf Club, in Links Road.

He suffered what was believed to be a heart attack on the course, after which paramedics were, sadly, unable to save him.

Despite his age, Bill had remained an active player and had even won a golf competition at his club alongside playing partner Richard Culling last year.

Daughter Jackie Offen, 57, said her father was a practical joker with a great sense of humour and many friends.

She said: “Only the night before his great-grandchildren were here and they were killing themselves with laughter. It’s lovely to think their last memory of him was laughter.” Despite being 93, Bill was still playing golf, snooker and bowls regularly up until his death.

A keen Arsenal fan, Bill was given a signed letter from Arsene Wenger for his 90th which took pride of place in his home.

Before settling in Worthing permanently during the 1980s, Bill worked in countries across the world as an engineer, including Nigeria, Iran and Iraq.

Jackie said his youthful attitude to life could be explained by his determination, rather than his diet.

She said: “He certainly didn’t eat very healthily, but he was determined. He said if I can’t do the things I enjoy doing it’ll be the end of me.”

But above being so active for his age, Jackie said her father was a kind person who would be missed by many people.

She added: “He was a super dad. He never liked to see someone cry and would always try to calm the situation.”

Bill is survived by Jackie, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.