The (unofficial) PCTA
Since 1995 there have been a group of guys and some women who have played tennis on a regular basis here in town. They sometimes refer to themselves as the (unofficial) PCTA.
This group was started by four men – Bruce Daniel, Charles Cope, David Gentry and Mike Wallace. Sadly on Feb. 11 Bruce lost his battle with cancer. At his service the funeral director mentioned Bruce’s love for the game of tennis, doing a good job with what information he had, but little was said as to how much Bruce meant to the group or to the magnitude of what these men started.
I believe it was the summer of 2007 that I went up to the courts to hit against the wall. I was invited to join in with the group. It did not take long before I realized that this group was special. They were competitive and had the ability to joke around with each other at the same time. Bruce was like the ring leader, knowing everyone’s quirks and how to use them to keep everyone laughing. He also had the natural ability to describe the past events and people that were part of the group. I asked Bruce to send me a list of the names of as many people that he could remember who had played. There were at least 50 names and that was four years ago.
I was amazed that, despite being in pain and knowing he only had a short time left, Bruce was able to maintain his sense of humor. I told him that part of the reason I enjoyed the tennis was the banter between those playing, and how important his role was in this. He told me that Mike did a great job of taking care of him. I also heard that his friends and family were constantly stopping by to visit him, which I know meant a great deal to him.