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Edward Baliszewski (1 September 1952 - 18 February 2008) was an English businessman/Entrepreneur, sportsman and much more, well known within the London backgammon and chess community. He was the founder of the London Backgammon League and played in the Royal Automobile Club backgammon and chess teams, playing in Paris and Washington against the Automobile Club de France, the Interallie, the Metropolitan and Cosmos Clubs. Edward was also a Board member and then Chairman of Westlea Housing Association (part of the Greensquare Group) and a trustee of CARE, a charity providing support services to people with learning disabilities.


Early Life

Edward was born in Swindon,Wiltshire on September 1st 1952 to Polish refugees who came to England shortly after the end of World War two. His first language was Polish and his first language was polish and he learnt English at school. As a boy he loved all sports and played football for the Swindon town youth team. He was also very good at rugby, cricket, tennis and squash.

Personal Life

Edward married Isla in 1986 and they had 3 Children (Dominic, Agnieszka and Aleksander). Edward was known for his sporting and social life. He started the Kennet Valley Cricket Club and was instrumental in running the cricket club at the Royal Automobile Club. The Baliszewski Challenge Cup is given every year to the winner of the inter village cricket match and the Baliszewski Cup is awarded at the Royal Automobile Club for backgammon.


Edward was the Founder of a taxed based leasing company started in 1980. It had offices in central London but later moved to Marlborough and continues under the management of Isla Baliszewska specialising in computer recycling. He also ran a property company and had interests in a magazine production company and a telecoms service provider.


Edward was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 which was the cause of his death. He passed away on the morning of February 18th 2008 at his home near Marlborough, Wiltshire, almost 4 years after being diagnosed. His funeral was held on February 27th 2008.[1]


Edward started a new years tradition in 2000, Every new years day, there is a football and rugby game held at the Kennet valley hall in Lockeridge, Wiltshire. The game is mainly between West Overton, East Kennet and anywhere west of the Kennet valley hall (Westies) and Lockeridge, Fyfeild, Clatford and anywhere east of the Kennet valley hall (Easties).In the football, there are two balls, the first is for women and small children whereas the second is for men. He also started a yearly inter-village cricket game. After Edward's death, the inter-village cricket match was re-named as: "The Baliszewski challenge cup".

External links


  1. ^ Obituary


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