We are saddened to report the recent death of Rita McNamara, who served as CBAI President in 2003/04. Rita was the life and soul of every party (and if there was no party was more than capable of creating one all by herself), and was a very popular President. She was also an excellent bridge player and teacher. All her bridge friends will miss her enormously, and our sympathies go to her husband Jim, children Claire, Morgan, and Michael, and all her family and friends.

Fearghal O’Boyle has written a lovely tribute to Rita here, which, as always with Feargal’s tributes, captures Rita’s spirit perfectly. May she rest in peace.

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