Exmouth Town salute a 'dear friend' Brian

PUBLISHED: 11:02 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:52 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Town Football Club has been shocked and saddened by the sudden death of club stalwart Brian Rowden.

EXMOUTH Town Football Club has been shocked and saddened by the sudden death of club stalwart Brian Rowden.Brian had been associated with the club for over 35 years and was awarded an honorary Life Membership in 1997.He was the Club's Head Groundsman through their successful Western League campaigns in the 1980's and 1990's.Despite suffering from ill-health, he continued to serve as a committee member, passing on his wealth of knowledge, experience and wisdom as the club strived to regain their former glories.He rarely missed a home match, supporting both the 1ST XI and the reserves and was proud that both his son, Andy, and his grandson, Adam, played for the club.He was also a keen social member, attending most of the club functions and was often seen ensuring that everyone had their ticket and had paid to attend!He was always looking to promote the club and the facilities on offer with the aim of boosting the club's finances.Whilst he worked for Clarkes he made sure their social committee supported the football club by arranging skittle matches, dances and holding other social events in the clubhouse.A member of the Devonshire Regiment, Brian served in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising and was an active member of the Devon and Dorset Regimental Association who continue to hold their monthly reunion meetings at the Football Club.Eight years ago he celebrated his 65th birthday, an occasion that brought together many of his old work colleagues from his days at Clarkes, Kincraig Nursing Home and Exebank Hospital.All who were there that evening will have their own special memories of a much-respected, kind-hearted and well-liked person who will be sorely missed.The club extends their sympathies to his widow, Trisha, sons Andy and Tim and grandchildren, Adam and Janine.Brian's funeral takes place tomorrow (Friday) at Exeter Crematorium at 3.30pm followed by a wake at the Exmouth Town Football Club.Family flowers only, donations on behalf of Exeter Kidney Unit may be sent to Richard W. Gegg & Son 47 Rolle Street Exmouth.

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