It’s with great sadness we are reporting the passing of three club members this week.
‘Pat the pat’ Doherty on Thursday 8th after a short battle with an aggressive form of Lymphoma Originally from Derby Pat joined Worthing and was part of the illustrious 3rd team that went 104 games undefeated over 4 years playing prop. Old school, doing scrums and lineouts but little else, he was immovable in the scrum A mild-mannered, quiet character with a dry sense of humour, he moved to Sutton on sea in Lincolnshire after the passing of his partner Ann 18 months ago where he set about doing up his house but still came down regularly to see his bookkeeping clients He toured to Portugal with the team in 2003 And during breakfast in the hotel, while he went to the buffet, someone put egg in his tea. He returned to the table and calmly sipped at his cup of tea with no reaction. Eventually, he was told, ‘Pat there is egg in your tea’ without raising his eyes from his tea he replied ‘yeah I know’ in his dry Derbyshire accent. A hilarious moment on tour…. but I guess you had to be there!!
Rest well Pat
Michael Shiel, the landlord of the George and Dragon in Tarring and the Black Horse in Findon, died suddenly on Friday 9th November. Michael had been a supporter and sponsor of the Raiders for many years. Indeed, it was only back in April when he and his posse traveled by minibus to Barnstaple for the weekend to support the team and enjoy a few days of fun and laughter with other rugby people. He was always a wonderful man to be with and will be greatly missed.
Chris joined WRFC at the age of 8 in 1988 and continued to play till he left to go to University
On Sunday morning we heard the tragic news that Chris Kempson was involved in an accident and tragically taken from this world.No words can describe the holes that have been left in the hearts of his loved ones, especially his loving wife Louise and beautiful daughter Juliet.
We as a club would like to extend our most heartfelt sorrow and condolences to Chris Family at this very sad time.
We will be holding a minutes silence this Saturday before the Raiders game to remember our friends.