Lee Beachill ++

“Words can’t really express how sad I am to lose someone who has been such a big part of my life since the age of seven.

“Malc was much more than my coach for 25 years and a close friend for a further 10, he was someone who I could speak to about anything, someone I could ask for anything and someone who I trusted implicitly.

“Malc was the most loyal person you could ever wish to meet, and I will miss our conversations greatly. Only eight weeks ago, we were discussing who would win Black Ball, the latest rugby league match, and of course the many juniors who were impressing him on the squash court.

“His love for squash was as strong then as it was when I first met him 35 years ago. Looking back at my career, I am proud of what we achieved together, and although Malc would never take any credit – ‘it is always about the player!’ – I can safely say I would never have achieved what I did without him by my side, and for that I owe him everything. The squash world has lost a truly special person.

“My thoughts are with James, Vanessa, and Malcolm’s entire family. Rest in peace, Malc.”