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Sidney Welby VAN HORN

1920 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Sidney Welby VAN HORN Obituary
VAN HORN, Sidney Welby

Sidney Welby Van Horn, age 94, the legendary American tennis coach and former top 4 world class tennis player, passed away on September 17, 2014, in Hospice care at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL. Welby was born in Los Angeles, CA on September 8, 1920 to the late Sidney Stuart Van Horn and Trella Irene (Anderson) Van Horn-Haugen. Also preceded in death by his step-father, Einar Haugen, his former wife, Judith (Tomerlin) Van Horn, his sister, Suzanne (Van Horn) Benefield, his cousin, Anabelle Miller, and his brother-in-law, Tommie Douglas Benefield. He is survived by his sons, Stuart Van Horn and Bryce Van Horn, their wives, Kathleen Van Horn and Lisa Van Horn, his grandchildren, Shane, Megan, Natalie, Liam, his step-grandchildren, Julia, Quinlan, and his nephews, Tommie and Terri Benefield. Welby was a top world class tennis player during his amateur (1938-1941) and professional (1942-1951) playing career. He played against such greats as Bill Tilden, Ellsworth Vines, Fred Perry, Don Budge, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer, Frank Kovacs, Pancho Segura, and Pancho Gonzalez. Upon retiring from the professional tour in 1951, he turned his full time attention to becoming a tennis coach, and moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he lived until 1991. His coaching acumen and style resulted in developing Puerto Rican junior tennis into a US national championship power house and put Puerto Rico on the world tennis map. Between 1971 and 1991, Welby ran summer tennis camps at the Choate School (Connecticut), Pinehurst Country Club (North Carolina), and the Boca Raton Resort and Club (Florida). While in semi-retirement, from 1991 until his passing, he was Tennis Professional Emeritus at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, CA. Cremation was handled by Edgley Cremation Services and a private family remembrance ceremony was held. Remembrance ceremonies for friends are planned at a later date in Palm Springs, CA and San Juan, PR. To express condolences and/or make donations: Visit memorialwebsites.legacy.com/welbyvanhorn.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2014
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