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The final whistle blows for two members of John Fisher Old Boys

By Niel Kenny

May they rest in peace

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Mark Holmes at the age of 62 and our deepest sympathies go to his brother Lance and other members of his family. I have known Mark for 52 years. I played my first competitive rugby match with Mark in the under 12s at John Fisher School against St Joseph's, Blackheath. Mark went on to captain the first team at school. On leaving Mark went into the Police after which he ran his own business with some success. It is fair to say that in his later years life was tough for Mark, firstly losing a daughter to meningitis, and in his late 50s he suffered a stroke. He never really recovered from this period of illness. He leaves behind two daughters to whom we pass on our condolences. Our memories of Mark are one of a great rugby player, tourist, proud family man, Rod Stewart fan and friend. Rest in peace Mark.

I will post details of the funeral arrangements for Mark when I hear them.

I also learnt of the death, just before Christmas, of Alan Terry at the age of 76. Back in the early 80s Alan used to be regular presence on the touchline at John Fisher Old Boy's matches along with Eamon O'Reilly. Alan accompanied the club on tours to Amsterdam and Cork and a good friend to the players and supporters alike. We pass on our sympathies to Alan's family.

Updated 19:13 - 16 Jan 2019 by Niel Kenny

Where next?

Saturday is Match Day at the Pightle PJF take on Wellingtonians at 2.00pm on Saturday, Jan 26th.
Friday Night Lights PJF take on O Midwhitgiftians on Friday, January 4th at 7.30pm

Sat 6 Apr
League 35 – 62
Sat 30 Mar
League 7 – 41
League 40 – 14
Sat 23 Mar
Marlin XV O Walcountians
Friendly 27 – 43
1st XV Old Blues
League 37 – 15

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