Snooker players and officials have paid tribute to Vic Bartlam, one of the sport’s top referees in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 91.
Vic with Reanne Evans
Vic, from Wolverhampton, refereed at snooker’s biggest events including the World Championship, and was a highly respected figure on the amateur scene in the West Midlands.
Former World Champion Ken Doherty wrote on social media: “Very sad news, what a great character Vic was and always laughing and joking. RIP Vic.”
Another former Crucible king, Cliff Thorburn, wrote: “Very sad news of Vic’s passing. Always a gentleman….loved the game and of course everyone involved.
Referee Jan Verhaas said: “Just found out that Vic Bartlam passed away earlier today. Vic was a very well respected referee during the 70’s 80’s 90’s. Lovely man! RIP.”
Women’s World Champion Reanne Evans wrote: “Sad news about Vic today, rest in peace.”
Mark King wrote: “This is very sad news, Vic refereed us in our U14s final and was such a massive part of our junior tournaments. He was a lovely man and always looked after us when we was running around the holiday camps.”
Former world number three Neal Foulds said: “Another proper snooker person gone. Vic was a great man. Huge character and even if he ever made a mistake (rare) you couldn’t hold it against him as he was a diamond. Had a great way with people.”
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson added: “Very sorry to hear this news today. There are few snooker people that would not have crossed paths with Vic over the years. A great guy who shared our passion for this sport and gave so much, RIP Vic and Joyce.”
Vic’s wife Joyce also passed away last week so there will be a double funeral for the couple.