Bill Berry 7th Dan – a Tribute

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Bill Berry 7th Dan – a Tribute

Posted: 18/02/2021

JudoScotland regrets to announce that Bill Berry 7th Dan passed away peacefully at home at the age of 85 on Monday 15thof February. Bill commenced his Judo participation in his home city of Aberdeen during the late 1950’s, gaining his 1st Dan in 1966. Bill was a stalwart of Judo in Scotland volunteering in many roles over his 60 plus years Judo career including club coach, North of Scotland organiser, national referee, senior examiner, JudoScotland chairman and Honorary Vice President, and representing Scotland as our member of the British Judo Association Council for over 30 years.

Bill was also very active in Police Service UK Judo, competing and achieving victory in the National Police championships in the 1960’s, in later years Bill continued to support the National championships as head referee. During his competitive career Bill was also successful in winning the Scottish Judo championships.

Bill was liked and admired by all who knew him and his quiet wisdom, calm demeanour and wry wit will be much missed by his many friends within the Judo family in Scotland, Great Britain and further afield.

JudoScotland and BJA Honorary President George Kerr paid tribute to Bill by saying ‘the Scottish and British Judo Community has today lost a talented, hardworking and committed leader of the highest integrity, and I have lost a very much valued friend and colleague’.

Rick Kenney, JudoScotland Honorary Vice President and Executive Chairman of the Commonwealth Judo Association said ‘Bill Berry has been involved in Judo for over 60 years and has played a role as a referee, senior examiner, area organiser, and subsequently as Chairman of JudoScotland. Bill has left a legacy for our sport that he and all of our Judo family can be proud of. Our condolences to Bill’s family and friends’.

Rest well sensei.

Ronnie Saez


JudoScotland and the British Judo Association