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.