As reported here on 13th December, everyone in the backgammon community was saddened to hear that Dorothy Lee had passed away, having been diagnosed with cancer just a few months ago.
That she was a well-loved member of our community is demonstrated by the number of players expressing both their sorrow, and their happy memories of Dorothy, on Backgammon in the North of England Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Backgammin
Dorothy’s funeral will be at Howe Bridge Crematorium, Off Lovers Lane, Manchester M46 0PZ at 11am this Friday, December 24th. Flowers may be sent but donations are preferable, to Wigan & Leigh Hospice, Kildare St, Hindley, Wigan WN2 3HZ.
If you are planning on coming to the funeral and reception please message Irv Czechowicz or Janice Story (Dorothy’s sister), or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on your message.
The earliest photo of Dorothy which I could find in my own records was from June 2006 at a tournament we both attended in Ostend. She won a trophy here – not an uncommon occurrence for Dorothy!
Here are more photos of Dorothy achieving success over the board…
Several players were moved to send tributes and memories for this post.
Ana Mancino sent this photo:
Not too much to say but like to share a picture, you should have hundreds but this is one of our backgammon together in Gibraltar. Dorothy was one of my friends in UK since I arrive in 2010, very close. Last time we share was in Brighton in August, 4 months ago. She will be missed a lot x
Richard Furborough remembers:
I remember playing Dorothy in round 1 of the UK Open in 2016. We’d both got the last anti-bye. Clocks were compulsory and we’d been playing for a few games before we’d realised the clock wasn’t ticking down. Neither of us knew how to make this particular clock work so we carried on playing, hitting the clock as if it was on. It was a close match and went all the way 11-10. Due to this we were one of the last games in the first round to finish and every time someone came over to kibitz we’d hit the clock after our turn and smile at each other. Towards the end we’d got a bit of a crowd and we just couldn’t help but laugh every time we hit the clock for the last few moves. No one had any idea why and must’ve thought we had gone nuts, especially with the ending being so close and tense. We played a few times after that match and always laughed about it. A silly story but a fond memory of Dorothy at one of my first major tournaments. She will be missed.
Jamie MacPherson writes:
Such sad news. Dorothy was a passionate backgammon player. Whether the venue was Brighton, Blackpool, Manchester, Worcester or Bradford, if there was a backgammon tournament to be played, Dorothy would be there.
I always found her very competitive, charming and blessed with a cheeky twinkle in her eye. Although I didn’t know Dorothy well, she was one of our backgammon community and we will miss her. Rest In Peace.
Finally I think Andy Darby speaks for all of us:
Backgammon has many great people in it but it’s difficult to think of anybody so universally loved as Dorothy. She had that special way of always making you feel at ease, accepted and unjudged. Although I’d met Dorothy briefly in Brighton my initial interaction with her was playing backgammon online. We agreed to meet when I was working in Manchester on a business trip and I promised to take her to a famous Scottish restaurant. Apparently Mcdonalds isn’t Scottish at all, but it did make her laugh and so began a great friendship. Oh…and no, we didn’t eat there!!!
Dorothy has a great history and many amazing stories. She was an original bunny girl and lived in many countries. The most surprising fact for me was that she was a private pilot. She learnt while she was living in Africa and it wasn’t your standard flying. Dorothy told me many stories where she would fly and land on farmers landing strips on the side of mountains…….it all sounded very exciting.
At many backgammon events Dorothy would ask me to partner her in the doubles but it always clashed with me playing Poker. However, in the summer of this year at the Brighton Summer event we finally got to play. We didn’t win a single point but it was great to be playing together and something I will forever cherish.
I will remember you on every roll Dorothy. Love, hugs and kisses.