He was 91 and had been in failing health for several years.
The International Badminton Federation (I.B.F.) has thus lost its Founder-President.
The Badminton world mourns the loss of a great figure - the man who, more than anyone else, made the game an international one, firstly by his encouragement of players of many nations during his own playing career, then by his enthusiasm to form the International Badminton Federation, and later by giving the impetus for real international competition when he donated the cup which bears his illustrious name.
During his playing career he represented England over a period of 27 years and won as many as 90 national open championship titles.
But it was as an administrator that he did so much to promote the game and to lift it from its cradle.
His passing, coming when it did, as this issue was going to press, has not given us the necessary opportunity to do justice to a great figure. Sir George's career and his great place in the history of Badminton will be reviewed in our next number.
-- H.A.E. Scheele, Editor of World Badminton, No 4 Jul-Aug 1972