Minute's silence held for the passing of a true Club personality

WALLINGFORD HC are saddened to learn of the death of Alan Holmes. A respected umpire for many years, he was our joint president, as well as a trustee for the Sports Trust over many decades.

Alan died in the John Radcliffe Hospital on October 8 at the age of 95 after a short illness. Both of his daughters were with him and he will be sorely missed. Members of Alan’s family attended the club for a drink yesterday and the Ladies 2nd team held a minute’s silence followed by three resounding cheers in salute to one of Wallingford’s favourite sons.

There is to be no funeral, but Alan’s family would like to hold a celebration of his life at the club for friends, family and club members. The date is yet to be confirmed, but is likely to be in December. We will let club members know when the date is finalised.

Wallingford HC president John Phillips has written to the club’s vice presidents about Alan’s passing and shared his favourite memory. He recalled: “I had the pleasure of sitting next to him at the Club’s 125th celebration in May. Alan was having such a good time that his carer was summarily dismissed and red carded when she came to take him home at what Alan deemed to be an inappropriately early hour. We took a happy Alan home a couple of hours later!