Tributes for Bromley golfer who died on fairway

PUBLISHED: 11:52 23 March 2011 | UPDATED: 12:19 24 March 2011

David Thornham died age 73

David Thornham died age 73


A golf club captain who died from a suspected heart attack mid-way through a game at the weekend was a top banker and grandfather-of-five.

Sundridge Park Golf Club Chief Executive Luke Edgcumbe paid tribute to former club captain David Thornham

Tributes have been paid to David Thornham, 73, of Hayes Way, Beckenham, who was former Club Captain at Sundridge Park Golf Club, Bromley, where the incident took place.

He was playing on the fourth fairway on Saturday just before 10am when he collapsed.

Police and ambulance services were called but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Club chief executive Luke Edgcumbe, said: “David’s death was a shock to the golf course and its members. We will work with the family to see if a memorial can be put up.”

Sundridge Golf Club

President David Trunan, who knew Mr Thornham for many years, added: “From humble beginnings in a bank branch in Hull, a distinguished career culminated as a director of Midland Bank and subsequently HSBC bank.

“He was also a trusted adviser to a number of large companies and became a director of Countryside Properties on retiring from the banking world.”

The husband of Gwendoline Thornham, he leaves behind two children, Roger and Belinda, and grandchildren Poppy, Florence, Dulchie, Lilly and Martha.

Mr Trunan added: “The Thornhams are a lovely family and will miss David so very much. He and Gwen had a wide circle of friends from their golf, cultural, business and social activities. They will all be that much poorer without him.”

Mr Thornham and his wife were opera lovers and both long time supporters of the Glyndebourne season, a prestigious operatic event. He joined Sundridge in 1970 and was appointed club captain for 1997 to 1998.

His business contacts and knowledge also saw him directing affairs as sometime chairman of the Sundridge Park Golf Club financial committee.

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