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George Lister 1944-2024 B.B.O.B. R.F.C.

George Lister 1944-2024 B.B.O.B. R.F.C.

Jonathan Starrs7 May - 20:07
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Respects paid to George Lister

The Committee, members and friends of Hartlepool Boys' Brigade Old Boys wish to pay their respects to George Lister, who passed away recently following a short term illness and wish to convey their heartfelt condolences to Eileen, Chris, Ian and families.
George was brought up on Hartlepool's Headland and along with his many friends joined the 1st Hartlepool Company Boys' Brigade, enjoying sporting activities, playing the tenor drum in the bugle band and camping at Castle Howard.
With his passion for rugby it was therefore natural for him to join the ranks of B.B.O.B. at the age of sixteen where he made many life-long friends.
Within a few seasons George had graduated to senior rugby with Hartlepool Rovers where he enjoyed a successful career at centre three-quarter through the mid- sixties and seventies.
In 1977, and perhaps with a little prompting from brother-in-law Eric Arnell, George returned to B.B.O.B. as player-coach and helped guide the club to two Durham County Junior Cup Victories.
George and Eileen, with their sons Chris and Ian, moved to Canada in 1981 and, through family connections, continued to follow the fortunes of B.B.O.B.
George, however, had not left rugby in Hartlepool and the Calgary Club would benefit from his coaching experience for a number of seasons.
Meeting George and Eileen during their regular returns to Hartlepool was rather like turning a corner of the Headland and bumping into someone you had spent time with the day before in 'The New Inn'!
Our thoughts are with Eileen, Chris, Ian and families, both now and during the days ahead, as we all at 'Brigade remember George with gratitude, respect and affection.

R.I.P. 'George'
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