Issue | News | Premium | Jan 22 2020

Rest in peace, Bernard Hart

Simon Euan Smith pays tribute to former LEBA Vice-President, Bernard Hart
Bernard Hart

I WAS very sorry to hear of the death of my good friend and former London EBA Vice-President, Bernard Hart, on January 8. He was 82, and had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for some years.

Bernard boxed as a pro welterweight between 1958 and 1960, winning nine and drawing one of 16 bouts. He appeared several times at the legendary Shoreditch Town Hall, and the National Sporting Club at the old Café Royal, Piccadilly.

One of his losses was to current LEBA member Johnny Kramer, who was 4-0 going into the bout and halted Bernard in five rounds at the NSC. After retiring, Bernard started Lonsdale Sports, which he made a terrific success. He never lost his love of boxing and was particularly supportive of the amateurs. He was also a very keen member of LEBA, regularly attending meetings until prevented by ill-health. In 2008, LEBA honoured him with the Alf Paolozzi Award, given annually to a LEBA member for services to the Association over many years.