Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Clubs' king Jack loses cancer battle

By Bruce Unwin (Reproduced from the Northern Echo)

Jack of Clubs: Jack Amos

A MAN who became synonymous with North-East club land has died at the age of 75.

Jack Amos, who was known as the Jack of Clubs, lost his fight with cancer at his home in Blackhill, near Consett, on Saturday.

He had previously overcome lung cancer when it was first diagnosed, in 2002.

The Consett-born local newspaper journalist first became involved in the North-East social/workingmen's club scene when he was asked to help to publicise a local club, Shotley Bridge Victory Club, and within two months was made its secretary.

He went on to become elected as Durham CIU branch secretary as well as holding a seat on the CIU national executive committee. He served in both posts for 21 years.

Mr Amos was made an MBE for his services to the region's clubs in the Queen's New Year Honours.

A well-known charity champion he used his club links to arrange many fund-raising activities for the good causes he supported.

Mr Amos leaves a widow, Flo. They have a son, Gary, a daughter Janette, and three grandchildren.

1 comment:

JimTait said...

I was lucky enough to work with Jack for many years and performed on 9 or 10 of His Jack'o'Clubs Shows and 2 "Command" Performances at The Lancastrian Suite. Jack had a lovely, supportive Family and will be remembered as the man who first started the Clubland Variety Shows that I was privileged to continue producing in later years.
"A Good bloke"