Tributes paid to Exmouth sportsman

TRIBUTES have been paid to a keen sportsman from Exmouth who has died.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a keen sportsman from Exmouth who has died.

John Bradford, of Douglas Avenue, died in hospital last week aged 84-years-old. He was a much-loved husband of Bobby and a dad to Andrew and Nicky. Mr Bradford was also a proud grandfather.

The former Exmouth Cricket Club player had suffered from Alzheimers.

His funeral took place yesterday, December 1 at Withycombe Parish Church.

Recalling fond memories of his life, Mr Bradford’s wife, Bobby, said: “We were married for 56 very happy years.

“He loved Exmouth and all the sporting activities that goes on here – he was a true Exmouthian. He used to study at the grammar school when there was one. It was there where we met.

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“He never wanted to leave Exmouth.”

She added: “He was a loving family man and ever so kind. His other remarkable attributes made him well liked and respected by all who knew him.”

For Mr Bradford, sport played a huge part in his life. He was involved in a number of local teams ranging from golf, cricket, and football through to rugby.

He was a former captain and president of Exmouth Cricket Club.

Mr Bradford worked for Devon County Council for all of his working life, ending his career in the local authority’s education department.

Geoff Folland, a colleague of his at the council, said: “I haven’t seen him for quite a while but know that he was ill for some time.

“He was a fine all-round sportsman. He was a good cricketer, rugby player and footballer.”

A minute’s silence was held before Exmouth Rugby Club’s match against Chinnor last week as respect to Mr Bradford.