Written by DavidB
The Club is very sad to have to report the death on 11th November after a long illness, of former Surrey AC President,Grace Belton at the grand old age of 94. Grace was also elected to a Past Presidency of Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers in 1985 when the merger took place,in view of her long and gracious commitment,support and interest over very many years to the sport of athletics in Surrey.This encompassed the Royal Borough of Kingston AC as well as both SAC & KACPH.
Along with husband,John,Grace was one of the mainstays of Surrey AC for the greater part of the 30 years after WW2,alongside such stalwarts as Vera and Bill Finch(Sue Shilling’s parents),Doris Dean and Geoff Davis,not least as one of the stalwarts of the Social and Refreshments activities. She,again in tandem with her husband,was elected President of the Club in 1963.
When the ladies side of SAC evolved via the Royal Borough of Kingston AC into the present KACPH,Grace retained her interest in its activities,as John,and his brother,Stan,were still fully active on the coaching and administration of the new Club until their deaths in 1996. Thereafter,KACPH were delighted that Grace continued to follow the Club and was a regular donor come annual Subs renewals.
We send our sincerest condolences on her loss,but also our best wishes,to Grace’s daughter,Pam,who was herself an active member of Surrey AC,elder daughter Barbara and son-in-law Alan. Doris Dean and Sue & Peter Shilling attended the funeral and represented the Club.
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