Vale Frank McConvill
The premature loss of Frank McConvill at the age of 67 will be greatly felt by clubs around Victoria, and the Mornington Peninsula in particular.
Frank was well known on the Congress circuit, both as a player and as an assistant director. Just two weeks before his passing he had been appointed as a Congress Director, and as a player he achieved a high placing in the Yarra Valley mini-congress on his final weekend.
I first met Frank as a fellow committee member of the FABCV when he was still living in Wodonga and travelling to meetings by train – typical of his commitment to Victorian Bridge. Soon after, he and Pat moved to McCrae on the Peninsula and he joined the Rye Beach Bridge Club. He was appointed to the VBA Council and served as Treasurer for 2 years.
Frank was Director at Frankston, and provided enormous support to all clubs in the Mornington Peninsula Bridge Association with both his technical and directing skills. He was a lateral thinker and not many days would pass without another phone call or email from Frank suggesting ways we could improve bridge on the Peninsula.
He was a fun person to play with, although the gamut of facial expressions he could go through were more confusing to his partner than any provision of unauthorised information! Frank had a great sense of humour and was liked by everybody. He was a regular member of the Rye Beach contingent at the Gold Coast Congress – his cooking on the first Friday was legendary.
On a personal basis, Margaret and I are proud to have had him as a true friend, a confidante, a mentor, a shoulder to lean on.
He will be very sadly missed.
Rye Beach Bridge Club