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Monday, June 29, 2015

Peter Jervis Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Peter Jervis Life member of Nottinghamshire ASA passed away on the morning of 26th June at his home.

Peter joined Retford Swimming club in 1938 and has been an active member of the club since, supporting the club in every way he could.

His greatest swimming achievement was winning a silver medal in the British Empire Games (now Commonwealth Games) in 1954.

During his career, Peter won 5 national championships and broke 4 British records, including a time of 1:06.1 for the 100 yds breaststroke in 1954 which at the time was also a World Best.

He gave up being with his wife at the birth of their son to participate in the ASA National Championships and was told just before his race “It’s a boy”. After a brief gap, he started to enter masters competitions in the 1980’s winning many titles, but in 1989 he was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy which resulted in Peter having a Heart Transplant in 1995. This didn’t not stop him, just slowed him down for a while, and in September 1998 at Ponds Forge he entered the English Masters Competition (G1 = 70/75 years). He came an incredible 2nd place in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 47.40 sec.

Peter was a true gentleman to all those who knew him. Our deepest sympathies go to Peter’s family.

Funeral details will be known later.

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