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Martin Eley passed away peacefully yesterday

Martin Eley passed away peacefully yesterday

Doug Millen14 Mar 2023 - 12:18
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Many of you will already know of the loss of our beloved friend, Vice-President and Honorary Life Member

Many of you will already know of the loss of our beloved friend, Vice-President and Honorary Life Member, Martin Eley who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long battle with illness.

Martin joined the Bognor Regis School as Head of P.E. In 1970 and he immediately immersed himself in the local community, taking a lead role in many major projects such as the Sports Council and the Saint Maur Twinning Association.

However, it is for his contribution to rugby that he will be best remembered: for two and a half decades he was responsible, both directly and indirectly, for providing a conveyer belt of rugby players who enjoyed success at school and went on to play for Bognor. Many of these players have since seen their children and even grandchildren follow in their footsteps.

Having originally played for Bath, Martin initially joined Worthing but, in 1972, he transferred his allegiance to Bognor and spent many years in the 1st XV before moving down the sides to help bring on the younger players.

His qualities of organisation and enthusiasm have always been an example to all of us. We are truly indebted to him for his contribution as a player, coach and chairman, but most of all for his integrity, loyalty and friendship.

Our love and thoughts go to his beloved wife Tessa, his children Matthew, Libby and Hannah, and his three grandchildren.

He will be sorely missed.

Leighton Thomas (President BRFC) and all at Bognor Rugby Club

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