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Hertford Hockey Club Reflect on The Loss of a Great Servant To the Game

By Nik Bentley

With the Passing of Trevor Williams

The sudden and untimely death of our clubmate Trevor Williams on 24 November has come as a great shock and sadness to everyone at Hertford Hockey Club and across the wider hockey world. He was dedicated to hockey, a sporting interest only equalled by his love for Manchester United. Put simply the contribution he has made to our club is enormous.
Trevor started playing hockey for what were then our local rivals, Leahoe, playing over 1,000 games and captaining them to win the League in 1979. He joined Hertford 30 years ago with the ambition to create a successful medium sized hockey club in Hertford. As Treasurer he provided the drive and backing to realise his ambition from which the whole membership have benefited.

Most recently he put some of his energies into the HCHA, the umbrella group that manages the pavilion, and it was his efforts that brought us the new changing rooms, essential to meet the needs of a growing club. And he masterminded bringing the HCHA up to date as a limited company.

At the same time he served on hockey committees across the east region no doubt providing the same wise advice and encouragement that we benefitted from.

After having to give up playing Trevor took to umpiring which he enjoyed, and it kept him involved with action on the field, but it was never as good as playing. It is perhaps fitting if dreadfully sad that he should succumb to a suspected heart attack immediately after umpiring on Saturday. He died close to the pitch and pavilion he had done so much to develop.

The familiar sight of him at the bar after a game judging the quality of the beer and with a word for everyone will be greatly missed. He was always supportive and positive whatever the results, even when Man U slumped to midtable. The hockey club will never be the same.

Trevor leaves a wife, Jackie, and daughter, Rachel, to whom the club and the HCHA send their deepest sympathy.

A book of Condolence will be placed in the pavilion so all who knew Trevor can make their own tributes.

28 November 2018

Updated 13:28 - 12 Dec 2018 by Nik Bentley

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