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Alan Thatcher February 9, 2013 18 Comments on Blog: Tributes to Harry Faulkner

Harry Faulkner (centre)

Harry Faulkner, December 30, 1994 – February 7, 2013

The world of squash is in mourning today with the news that talented youngster Harry Faulkner collapsed on court and died soon afterwards following a heart attack.

The England junior international suffered a cardiac arrest doing what he loved best, playing squash. He was 18 years old on December 30.

The tragic incident occurred during a Hertfordshire League match at St Albans.

His main sponsor, Simon Scott, who supplied him with Harrow equipment, said: “Adam Fuller, Harry’s coach, called me to say Harry had felt ill on court during a game and then collapsed outside the court. The club first-aiders and then medics took two hours trying to revive him, but to no avail.”

Simon is keen to assist any foundation of squash activity set up in Harry’s memory. He added: “I have said to Adam that I want to do something for the family in Harry’s memory in the form of some custom rackets and/or bags or product for any form of foundation that they may set up or support in his memory.”

Harry trained at Berkhamsted Tennis and Squash Club, Hertfordshire, under the guidance of Adam Fuller.

He also played for Luton and Dunstable with Marc Woolhead and Steve Davies in the National Club Championships.

World champions Ramy Ashour and Nick Matthew both published messages on Twitter expressing their sadness at the news.

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Posted on February 9, 2013

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Alan Thatcher

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18 Comments

  1. Francesca Fraser February 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Our sons attended Berkhamsted School and our youngest son Dominic is in Harry’s year. We did not know Harry but would like to express how sad we were to here of Harry’s passing away and our thoughts are with Harry’s family.

  2. Dan February 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the write-up. That’s the third Squash player I heard of unfortunately passing away court-side. Up until now it was always players well into their forties. Hearing of such a young player passing away makes it even more devastating. Very sad and condolences to family & friends.

  3. Thomas February 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Harry was a dear friend of mine at Bradfield College and I have many fond memories of my time with him. Today the school was in mourning for the loss of an old Bradfieldian who had all the talent and potential to be the greatest squash player in the world.

  4. Patrick Stewart February 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Harry was a really nice guy, and had time for everyone. He was also unbelievably talented and I will miss him.

  5. Angela Smith February 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Deepest sympathies. Squash has lost a talented youngster, but family and friends have lost a loved one. Thoughts are with you at this difficult time

  6. Nick Leighton February 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Harry was a real gentleman despite his tender age. It was always a pleasure to have him in the house, the friendly banter and fun he shared with Ali will never be forgotten.
    Rest in peace Harry.
    Nick, Trudi, Ali, Chloe

  7. M Graham February 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I did not know Harry but would like to express my sympathies to his family and friends. Such a tragic loss. God bless.

  8. Cameron Kavanagh February 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I barely knew Harry, but I played against him a few times. What a great player and a great guy on court. Not only will his friends and family miss him, but I’m sure squash will hugely miss him too. A great asset to the sport, and, if any consolation, at least he went doing what he enjoyed the most.

  9. Trudi Leighton February 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    A talented and gifted young man with every quality you could wish for in a son – a great role model. We are grateful to have known him and even more grateful he was a part of Ali’s life. Thoughts are very much with Stephan, Donna and Charlee.

  10. Dre February 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    My deep sympathies to your family for their loss at this time .

    RIP Harry

  11. Karen Morton-Smit February 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Harry was a friend of my son Richard and both were in the school squash team and the same house, earlier that afternoon they had won the House squash competition. Harry was considerate and thoughtful and a huge credit to Stefan and Donna. It’s such a tragedy this has happened to one so young. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

  12. Brogan & Wendy February 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    we are both in shock at the sad news, a truly good guy who will be missed by all, all our thoughts go to Stephan and Donna

  13. Rosanna February 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Sad news. My both children play squash. My thoughts are with the family right now.

  14. Harj February 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Known Harry for many years ,great personality ,very sad to hear of the tragedy our deepest condolences to Stefan and Donna. Our thoughts are with you.God bless Harry
    RIP.

  15. Cassie Thomas February 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    So sad to hear about Harry Faulkner. Our thoughts are with his family. RIP Harry.

  16. Peter Farr March 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    what a shame poor lad desperate for his parents and friends so sorry

  17. Freddie Johnson May 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Harry was a great friend. I miss him so much and think about him every day. He is an inspiration to everyone, and will always be remembered in the most fondest of ways. He is the most kindest, caring person i have ever met. Even in his sport which he played competitively to an incredibly high standard, he was always courteous of other players, never gloating when he won or scored a point. Rest In Piece buddy, thinking of you, keep smiling. X

    • Alan Thatcher May 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Morning Freddie.
      That is a wonderful tribute to a terrific guy. It was nice to see Charlie Johnson wearing a shirt with a tribute to Harry on the back during the Kent Open this week.
      Alan

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