A member of the Swaythling Club International, an outstanding servant of Table Tennis Ireland, Alex Thackaberry passed away on Sunday 1st January. He began a period of 35 years of service to the sport at management level in 1976. He served the Association as Treasurer for 10 years, followed by a period of 15 years as Chair. In 2001 he was elected President. He resigned in 2011 being appointed Deputy Life President. He played a major role in the organisation of the 1992 World Veteran Championships in Dublin.