The passing of Hurricanes legend - Gus Baker

The passing of Hurricanes legend - Gus Baker

By SSRFC Webmaster
2 February
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Former Sandown & Shanklin RFC 1st XV Captain and Club legend, John Angus Baker sadly passed away recently.


The following link is a tribute page dedicated to the man himself: Tribute to John Angus Baker, 1939 - 2020
 
Please share any memories, moments, or tributes you may have on the site.  Below is a highlight of the great Hurricane, from President Graham Thomas:

John Angus (Gus) Baker
6th August 1939 – 20th December 2020

As many of you will already know Gus Baker sadly passed away on 20th December 2020 while at home following a long fight with cancer. He was an Honorary Life Member and former Club Captain for several years at the Hurricanes and until his illness a regular touch line spectator. He was a gifted rugby player and athlete, playing scrum-half for many seasons and running the 400m to a high standard as a youngster. His true legacy though will be as a PE teacher at Sandown High School where he introduced hundreds of young people to the joys and benefits of sport.

Gus along with Trevor Wray and others introduced so many to the game of rugby and fuelled the development of club rugby as we know it today. His easy-going style and mentoring kept many a youngster interested in rugby and away from some of their wayward lives (you know who you are!). He was a dedicated family man caring for his wife Mari latterly and supportive to his daughter Lucy and grandchildren Alex and Clara.

A top man and a true Hurricane. We will miss you, Gus.

Graham Thomas
Sandown & Shanklin RFC, President

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