Myrnie McLaughlin Column, Billy: Mr. Salisbury Bridge

  • Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:01 a.m.

The Salisbury Bridge community was saddened this week with the death of Billy Burke.

As a person he was always upbeat, never negative and always supportive.


Even after he was confined at the Lutheran Home he maintained a positive attitude and found something good to say about his helpers.

If I went to see him feeling sad, I always came away feeling better. His open mind and quiet giving spirit endeared him to all.

At the bridge table he was always a gentleman, never getting cross with his partners and being supportive of new players. He taught many how to play the game, and his enthusiasm spilled over. He said one time, “Each hand is like opening a gift. You never know what you’ll find and what fun you’ll have with it.”

To me the secret of Billy’s long life was the music in his soul, the kindness in his heart, the ability to find something good in everything and everyone and his willingness to give a hand when needed.

If we could all live as he did the world would be a better place. I will miss him.

The winners at the Feb. 12 Women’s Club game were: First, Marie Pugh/Loyd Hill; second, Ben McCubbins/Dick Brisbin; third, Gloria Bryant/Wayne Pegram. Winners at the Feb. 8 Evergreen game were: First N/S Ruth Bowles/Marie Pugh; second, Joe Obrien/ Lucy Brown; third, Gloria Bryant/Wayne Pegram. First E/W Fern Albracht/Pat Macon; second, Loren Parkinson/Ben McCubbins; third, John and Myrnie McLaughlin.

North

S T 5 3 2

H A T 9 8 4

D A 7

C T 9

West East

S A K S 9

H Q J 7 6 5 H 2

D 6 9 4 D Q J T 8

C A 6 5 C K Q J 8 7 3 2

South

S Q J 8 7 6 4

H K 3

D K 9 3 2

C 4

The Jeffers bid and made a 4S contract for Best N/S score The Gealy/Macon pair bid and made 3NT+1 for best E/W score.

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