Written by DRB
The Club is extremely sad to have to report the sudden passing, on April 10th, of David Dyer, who was a committed and major supporter of both the Royal Borough of Kingston AC and of Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers for more than 35 years. He was 83.
Throughout his life, David was an active sportsman, representing his Insurance employers in a number of sports and he continued to play badminton and tennis for a long time into his retirement, as well as becoming an integral part of RBKAC & then KACPH. He did turn his hand to some running, but it was as a Coach, in support of Stan Belton, and as an Official and President that he really made his mark.
Please find below the details of David Dyer's funeral:
Monday 25th April. Kingston Crematorium. 1.30 for 1.40pm.
Funeral Directors: Garners on Tolworth Broadway.
For many years, David was a Field Judge with the County and the Club, and he was always available to act as Field Referee at the numerous K&P home promotions for which, amongst many other tasks, he always fulfilled a particular pre-fixture role of preparing the Field Cards - by hand, of course. There was no chasing by this writer as Meeting Organiser for them – David wanted all the Teams, Allocated numbers/letters,Timetables and Schedules as in advance as possible – godsend!
Nowadays,these can be printed off from League Files, but that takes not a jot away from the value of members of David’s ilk. There was also no messing about with field equipment – he would be there, as any Referee should be, wheeling it out, and checking out the HJ and PV veneers.
Latterly, until some 3 years ago, David could always be found on the Timekeepers’ Stand at home and away matches and, as ever, was totally and utterly reliable. His support did not end at Club and County fixtures either, since he was also only too pleased to officiate at midweek and weekend Local, District and County Schools matches.
David was also a virtual ever-present with his watch, at home Club Cross-Country fixtures in Richmond Park, come rain or shine, and whether it be at Kingston Gate or at the other end of the Park at Sheen Gate, he would be there – after he ceased to drive, David would still travel by bus from his home in Surbiton to Kingston Hospital and then walk across the Park, timing his arrival to the minute.
After over a decade with the Club which he joined when he retired early, David was elected President in 1991 and remained in office for a fine 6 years. He was a ‘hands-on’ President and always willing to turn his hand where he could, rather than just being a figurehead. Making a virtue of the presidential persona, he would make a point of being present at the Stadium on almost every Tuesday & Thursday training evenings as well as matches; he would chat to new and prospective members and their parents explaining just what the club offered and making them feel that we were a club worth joining. Indeed, almost everyone who crossed the threshold at Kingsmeadow would be engaged in conversation with David extolling the virtues of membership. He was present most recently at Kingsmeadow at the recent 2016 AGM.
David was a generous supporter,too. For many years, he funded annual coach trips to Littlehampton at the end of each T&F season for all members of the Lily League teams. His largesse was also much appreciated by other club members from time to time.
On a personal note, David was a prolific traveller, notably regularly on Cruise ships, and he also followed England cricket teams around the globe, with some Club members sure of a postcard from who knows where, not to mention being frequently regaled with his memories in the PA Box at Kingsmeadow.
David's cricket interest was primarily with Surrey County and he was a County member at The Oval for many years.
Of the old school was David, and many of us were all the better for having known him and worked with him in the Sport.
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