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Neville Bedford

We have learned of the sad passing of Braemar All Stars' oldest member Neville Bedford on 12th February.

Our own Stuart Davies writes: "Neville was a Cobham (originally Old Surbtonians) Vice President, a long time member of the Braemar All Stars Club and a Cobham 500 club supporter."

"He had been a pupil at Surbiton Grammar School in the 1940s and was a key member of its 1st XV rugby sides. He joined the Old Surbitonians in 1948 on leaving school - then came National Service in the RAF - finally retiring from playing in 1953 due to an injury gained while playing for the Bank of England. He subsequently became a valued referee with the London Society."

"When Neville stopped reffing, he took up bowls, both indoor and outdoor. For many years, he lived in Woking with wife Jean, a local secondary school teacher and guide leader. They had married in 1953 and had two children, Martin and Denise."

"Both Neville and Jean were leading lights in the United Reformed Church - many friends recalling Neville's on stage comedy appearances! This church connection continued when they moved to Brenchley near Tonbridge, although Neville's church was in Sevenoaks."

"Some time after Jean's premature death, Neville moved to a home in Leamington Spa from where, although not in the best of health, he remained in touch with the BA leadership. Neville wrote, on one occasion, of his happy memories at Cobham which included the singing in steel baths and bar led vigorously by Don Mather."

"Neville's death will be sadly received by the over 80 year olds at the club who will recall Neville's calm but authoritative presence at matches and meetings that he as able to attend. His understanding of the finer points of rugby tactics and what went on the front row was outstanding."

"A lovely man who will be sadly missed."

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