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Neil Winn  1967-2024

Neil Winn 1967-2024

Jonathan Starrs9 May - 18:55
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The Committee, members and friends of Hartlepool Boys' Brigade Old Boys wish to pay tribute to Neil Winn

The Committee, members and friends of Hartlepool Boys' Brigade Old Boys wish to pay tribute to Neil Winn. who passed away unexpectedly on April 23rd, and offer our heartfelt condolences to all his family members.
To wife Kim, children Samantha, Shaun and families. To parents Keith and Ann, brother Andrew, sister Jane and families. We hope that your close family ties will provide strength and support at this present time and during the days ahead.
Neil showed his aptitude for ball games, with rugby and cricket in particular, from an early age and one such occasion should be shared here. Back in the late seventies full eleven- a- side cricket matches were played between local Primary Schools, full pads, real cricket ball etc. Neil attended St. Helens Primary on the Headland and was part of the team to play West View at Grayfields. Perhaps the shortest game on record ensued as Neil bowled the unfortunate West View lads out for a mere seven runs before quickly knocking up the winning runs from a few balls! Early tea-time for all! Neil went on to play league cricket with the Hartlepool Club.
Neil had all the skills for a successful rugby career and followed in his dad Keith's steps at Hartlepool Rovers. His strength and skill as a front row forward along with clever handling ability made him an asset to any team.
B.B.O.B. enjoyed Neil's services for a couple of seasons during the eighties and the 1988 Tour to Yeovil must be recalled. What was described as the 'Three Winns On Tour' included Neil, dad Keith and brother Andrew. Keith and Andrew both played but Neil was carrying a full 'leg pot' at the time.
The squad were housed in barrack rooms at the naval base HMS Heron and a bit of dormitory late night fun saw Neil, despite the pot leg, emerge as 'Brigade Sumo Champion '88' The 'Pot' was suitably decorated!
The last dozen years have been particularly difficult for Neil and his family as a series of operations created life-changing challenges. During this time he was always grateful for the support of his family and the medical care he received. He was proud to organise fund raising events to benefit those medical teams involved in his care.
Neil continued to maintain an interest in the fortunes of 'Brigade' and we remember him with respect and affection.

R.I.P. Neil
'We Have An Anchor'
Ian Fletcher - President B.B.O.B. R.F.C.

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