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In memory of Edward Charlton

Stuart Rogers

Mar 4, 2024

The billiards community mourns the loss of a true pioneer and beloved figure.

Edward, the eldest son of the legendary Eddie Charlton, departed from us on Saturday, 24 February 2024, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be cherished.

Following in his father's footsteps, Edward ventured into the realm of billiards, initially as a professional player. Though his journey as a player was marked with determination and perseverance, Edward eventually shifted his focus to nurturing a thriving retail and service billiards business in Belmont, Newcastle. Taking over from his uncle, Jim Charlton, Edward dedicated himself to serving the billiards enthusiasts of the Central Coast, Newcastle, and Hunter regions for many fruitful years.

Edward's passion for the game knew no bounds. When American style pool emerged in Australia circa 1990, he eagerly embraced the new challenge and established the Hunter Pool Association, representing the Newcastle Districts. His dedication led him to spearhead the creation of the Australian Pool Players Federation (APPF) during the mid-90s, a pivotal moment that garnered recognition from the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA), solidifying Australia's presence on the international stage.

As President of the APPF until 2006, Edward's leadership and vision shaped the landscape of billiards in Australia, facilitating numerous tournaments and national championships across the country. His unwavering support and boundless enthusiasm endeared him to all who crossed his path, earning him respect and admiration throughout the billiards community.

Despite battling poor health in his later years, Edward remained steadfast in his commitment to the sport he loved. His enduring friendship and camaraderie were treasured by all, as reflected in the heartfelt words of former WPA President Ian Anderson, who likened Edward's passing to losing a brother. Anderson said, “We had been the closest of friends for more years than I care to remember, and I am deeply saddened of the news. I will miss my almost daily phone calls to him trying to distract his attention away from his terrible health issues he was enduring”.

In addition to his monumental contributions to billiards, Edward leaves behind a loving family, including his wife Angie, two daughters, and two stepdaughters. May his spirit live on in the memories of those who knew and loved him, forever etched in the annals of billiards history.

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