The official website of Västervik Tennis Club announced last week that Bengt Edberg, Stefan's father, passed away aged 86.
A retired policeman, Bengt had been in the management of the tennis association in Stefan's home town with several roles since the '70s, when his two children had started playing right there, and then in the '80s. The club specified that the sad event had happened two weeks before, but initially kept private.
We want to extend our deepest condolences to Stefan and his family from our website STE...fans and our entire community of fans.
Here's the note from the club translated into English. You can read the original version here.
WTK is in grief. Our former chairman, Bengt Edberg, has left us at the age of 86. Bengt was very involved in the club during the '70s and '80s when his sons Stefan and Jan were juniors. He had many different roles over the years - coaching officer, responsible for the competition committee, board member, chairman - to name a few. Many are also the juniors in the club who purchased Wilson rackets from Bengt.
Bent Edberg pictured at the Västervik Tennis Club
Finally some words from our club manager Anders Lindström: "I remember Bengt as a straight, and at the same time warm, person who did not think anything was impossible and who always got things done. Or, as my dad always used to say, 'With Bengt it is never a problem when you want help with something'. For my own part, it meant a lot when he, several years after he left his assignments at the club, called me and said he heard that I was a good coach. It was incredibly well done by him and it warmed a lot to hear the words when I was in my 18s.
Many thanks Bengt for everything you did for the club.
Thanks Claire Cairns for passing the news.
Bengt Edberg with Barbro, Stefan's mother, Stefan and his brother Jan
Bengt Edberg with his second wife at the Växjö Cathedral, during Stefan's wedding with Annette
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