2 years ago
Two years ago today my uncle died. It was a Saturday – 18th September.
I was shopping in Solihull with my cousin Clare, Mom and Dad were on the Isle of Wight to celebrate my dads birthday, my cousin Rosie had been rockclimbing for her friends birthday party… i’m not sure what everyone else in the family were doing but everyone was just doing the normal Saturday things… no one could possibly have expected the what happened that day.
My uncle had been refereeing a rugby game in Bloxwich – Bloxwich 2nds v Droitwich 3rds. He regularly refereed games, and before he was a ref he was a player for Old Saltleians. He loved the sport. Fifteen mintues into the game he collapsed and wasn’t able to get back up. He was just 51 years old.
As well as loving Rugby, he loved teaching. He was a teacher at schools across Coventry and Warwickshire. He was Deputy Head at St John the Baptist School in Smiths Wood, where he met my aunty Mary. He also taught in Coventry, Nuneaton, Bedworth and eventually became a schools inspector for Peterborough Education Authority.
I can’t believe it was only two years ago. I mean, it does seem like a long time ago that he died, but it doesn’t seem like he has been gone long.
icBirmingham – Referee dies during rugby game
icSolihull – Tribute to Rugby Ref
BBC News – Rugby referee dies during match
The Harp – Local Referee Dies During Match
Droitwich Rugby Football Club – Tribute to referee Tony McDonald