A North East golf captain’s dying wish has been honoured with a bridge in his memory on the course he loved playing.
Kevin Lillee, 61, was captain of the George Washington Hotel golf club when he contracted a blood disorder and died in hospital just a few months later.
The former marine engineer was taken into hospital in October 2018 and died in January 2019 but his dying wish has been honoured with £11,000 spent on a new brick bridge on the sixth tee.
The bridge was dedicated to his memory with a plaque in his honour, in front of his sons Phil and Gavin, and the first people to cross the bridge were Kevin’s grandchildren Paige and Jasmine.
Gavin said: “It was a very proud and emotional moment for us all.
“Dad was passionate about his golf and was a member of the club for decades.
“He was originally from South Shields, and proud of it, but he loved being in Washington and he loved the George Washington Golf Club.
“He was thrilled to be golf captain and we know that the bridge was something he had had in mind long before he was taken ill.
George Washington Golf Club manager, Bill Mitchie, said: “It’s a fitting tribute to Kevin that he will be part of the course for good now.
“A new bridge was something that had been on the club’s radar for a long time and it will always be associated with Kevin.
“Everyone was stunned by his unexpected death because he was a fit and well man, regularly out on the golf course.
“He’ll be remembered as a real character with a great sense of humour – knowing that this bridge was built in his memory would have brought a big smile to his face.”
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Sept 4, 2019