Very saddened to learn that Bill Cumming has died. I am reposting from the Ni Fencing website. He was at the centre of NI fencing for decades and never stopped working for the sport. Along with a small group of people he kept the sport alive through many difficult times.
. It is with great sadness that NI Fencing Ltd announces the passing of Bill Cumming.* Bill was for many years the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Fencing Union and a very active Coach.* His funeral will be in Warrenpoint Presbyterian Church at 2:00pm on Friday 15th August 2014.
Bill*was a talented teacher and much loved fencing coach for both junior and senior fencers in Northern Ireland and a dear friend who gave 100% to his students at school and supported many fencers in their quest to win tournaments across UK, Ireland and Europe.* He was an extremely generous man who gave of his time freely and coached in many of our schools including – Kelvin, Victoria,*Methody, RBAI, BRA, Campbell College, Strathearn, Wellington College, Grosvenor, Ballee High & Cambridge House in Ballymena and in many of our leisure centres – Maysfield, Antrim Forum, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Queens and of course Avoniel.* He spent most of his coaching years supporting the girls at Victoria College and Kelvin Secondary School and it is with these students where he will be remembered the most.* Bill had no family of his own – we were his family – he is survived by his brother, sisters and nephews and neices.* He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.