Sadly we must report the recent deaths of two of our former players.
JOHN CAMPBELL HEWETT 09/03/1943 – 01/02/2018 AGED 74
Picture of John taken in Spain whilst visiting son James and family in October 2017
John or ‘Honge’ as he was known to his friends, was a Junior Founder Member of the club. He was still at school when he attended the first formal meeting of the club in the Spread Eagle and then attended the very first practice session in 1959 aged 16, on what was then Lymm Park. He attended Lymm Grammar School and together with other pals from school, continued to attend practice sessions, organised by Roger Roberts, the first club captain, who happened to be the sports master at the school. John’s mother and father became members of the club, in fact John Snr was Membership Secretary for many years.
John played at the club until he joined the Royal Air Force in 1963 and trained as a Fighter Pilot at RAF, Valley in Anglesey. The training aircraft then was the Folland Gnat. John Grensinger recalls that Honge was a speed fanatic, racing around the locality in his Sunbeam Tiger sports car, allegedly once becoming airborne coming over Camsley Bridge. Anybody who had travelled as his passenger, welcomed his new and appropriate career in the RAF and gladly hung up their brown trousers and wished him well. Ahh! But that wasn’t the end of it. Being aware one weekend that some of his chums from the club were camping and relaxing at Muscle Bay, Anglesey, he brought brown trousers back into fashion very quickly, by appearing out of the blue sky, over the sand dunes in his jet at 400feet and scared the beejezus out of everybody, including that morning’s breakfast.
After leaving the Air Force in 1966, he became a commercial airline pilot, initially with British Midland Airways and then other airlines, in a flying career that span over four decades. But he lost his flying licence in 2003 when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.
Following his recovery from surgery, he worked for CTC in Southampton, (a Commercial Airline Training Academy), for over 12 years, training cadets in a 737 simulator.
In October 2014, a chest X-ray confirmed that he had developed secondary tumours in his lungs. John endured over 2½ years of various immunotherapy treatments, but decided in April 2017 that he wanted to stop treatment and let nature take its course.
He enjoyed a wonderful summer with his family feeling in good health but caught a chest infection in mid-December. That was the start of his final journey and he was only really poorly for a couple of weeks before passing away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Thursday 1st February. One of life’s great characters who will be sadly missed.
John lived in Poole, Dorset, he leaves behind his wife, (Celia), two sons, (James and Stephen) and two grand-daughters, (Bethany and Ruby).
The funeral will take place on Thursday 1st March at Poole Crematorium, at 4pm and afterwards at Dudsbury Golf Club Hotel & Spa, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8ST. Although some distance from his friends in the NorthWest, the family would be pleased to see anybody who can make the journey. Because they are putting on carvery spread at the golf club, following the funeral, they would welcome confirmation of people planning to attend. Celia is happy to be contacted via John’s email address email@example.com.
John’s wish was that any charitable donations should be made to Kidney Cancer UK. Information can be found on their website.
COLIN FRAY 01/06/1948 – 27/01/2018 AGED 69
Born and bred in Lymm he attended Lymm Grammar school, where he excelled in sport. After leaving school, he worked at NatWest Bank until taking early retirement to look after his dad in his later years. He then went on to work for Sportswear International. He was also the founder member and treasurer for Warrington Speaking Newspapers for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 40 years.
A keen sportsman, he enjoyed football, rugby and cricket and was a talented footballer with Lymm Grammar School Old Boys 1st XI from the mid 1960’s before switching to rugby at Lymm RFC in the early 1970’s. He played full back for the 1st XV before a freak leg injury curtailed his footballing career in both sports. A popular and well respected guy, he will be missed his many friends in the Lymm community.
Colin has twin brothers Peter and Brian unfortunately Peter has dementia and will not be attending the funeral. However, Brian his wife Betty and their daughter Janet will be there.
The funeral service will take place at St Peter’s Church, Ougthrington on Tuesday 13th February at 2pm, followed by burial in the churchyard. Afterwards mourners are welcome to join the family at Lymm Golf Club to share their memories of Colin.
Charitable donations in Colin’s memory would be welcome to St Peter’s Church, Oughtrington, or Warrington Talking Newspapers, both were well supported by Colin over many years.