Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - February 2011

Edited by Guy Whitehouse
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

Obituary for Malcolm Drain

Stan Lovell writes:

Malcolm Draine was born on 10th September 1934 and died on 23rd November 2010 having finally lost his long and painful struggle against cancer. Those who were lucky enough to know Malcolm knew a kind, generous, cheerful and tolerant man who always looked on the sunny side of life and who always was able to see some good in everybody.

I first met Malcolm when we were juniors attending the Royal School for the Blind in Bristol. Malcolm then moved on to the RNC where he learned shorthand and typing. However, he soon moved away from that line of employment and found work in one of the large industrial companies in the Cheltenham area. This is where Malcolm and I renewed our friendship.

Towards the end of the 1950's Malcolm joined his mother, his sister and his brother who had moved to Canada where he lived and worked for the next seven years. Within a short time of returning to England he met Pat, the girl he would soon marry. Eventually they had two children, a daughter, Michelle, and a son, Murray.

Malcolm joined BCA in the mid 1990's after attending a couple of the early chess theme breaks held at the Cliffden Hotel in Paignton. He became a life member and attended a couple of events in the 1990's, including the British Championship at Willerby.

Malcolm had a great zest for life. He enjoyed good food, much of which he was able to enjoy on a dozen or more cruises to many parts of the world. His other lifelong passion was a great enthusiasm for jazz music, which was one of the many interests we shared.

The funeral took place in Cheltenham where he now rests beside his wife, Pat, who also died of cancer fifteen years ago. Our condolences to Michelle and Murray.