Peter joined Reading RFC for a short time after school in the early 70s (Stoneham – whose old boys typically raise a boxing day side) but soon realised that there was more fun to be had with his mates across the road at Shire.
Paddy played back row to start with and it is rumoured that Richie McCaw learnt how to get away with being offside from Paddy. In time he migrated to the front row.Peter had worked for Shire for many years as treasurer and vice chairman before taking on work with the County as treasurer and eventually the County President. A great honour for him & Shire. He also worked on the County disciplinary committee and on a Counties finance committee at the RFU.He leaves his wife Marilyn and 3 grown up children, Anna, Holly and Oliver.
A founder member and generous sponsor of Shire Hall VPs, his contribution and humour over many years will be greatly missed around the club.
As current players in order to move forward we need to recollect where we have come from, those who have blazed the trail before us so we have the opportunities we have now – Paddy absolutely fits this description.
There is a collection for a club bench for Paddy. It would be really great if we can donate some money to – even £5 if you can spare it – it is important to have some representation from the current playing squad please.
Peter’s funeral will be held on Thursday 23 June at St Michael’s Church, Tilehurst at 2.00pm.