November 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm #923M.J. CurtisParticipant
The following announcement appeared in the Cambridge News a few days ago.
GRIGGS Ronald Charles Formerly of Strangeways Road, Cambridge. Passed
peacefully to rest on Wednesday 4th November at Waterbeach Lodge aged 91
years. Loving husband of the late Joy, much loved dad to Paul, Roger and Simon,
lovely dad-in-law to Teresa and Caroline, adored grandpa to Zoe, Clare, Daniel
and Samuel, great-grandpa to Chloe, Cameron, Phoebe and Ellie. A rugby
stalwart and an Apostle of The Old Cantabrigians R.U.F.C. Funeral Service
and Committal 12.00 noon at Cambridge City Crematorium, West Chapel on
Wednesday 25th November. Family flowers only.
I recently received the following from Mark Ellwood:
” I visited Grubby at his care home last week and he was in bed unable to look after
himself and very weak. It may be a relief as he was still very aware and his long term
memory great –we were able to discuss the names on an old Cantab photo and he
remembered very well. He had a photo to show me of a County side about 1947 in
which he was playing along with Derek Ashman,John Sadler and Dick Risebro.
He was well looked after by kindly staff. I will attend the funeral.”
I knew Ron from my first days of starting to play for the Old Cantabrigian RUFC on leaving school in the summer of 1961. Ron or Grubby as we all knew him was co-author,
along with Peter Harvey, of the ‘Choicer Cantabrigian Tales’ a history of the first 50
years of the Cantabrigian Rugby Union Football Club published in 1996. He was also a founder member of the newly resurrected Old Boys Club reformed in 1946 after the end
of the of WW2 and was in the team for the first game played against the school which was won comfortably by the old boys.
Ron was regarded with affection by almost everyone who knew him. Always prepared to have
a go and always the life and soul of the party. A life-time club member, touchline
supporter and a good mate to anyone with whom he made friends.
He will be sorely missed.
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December 8, 2015 at 2:22 am #931R.E.AndrewsParticipant
I would like to endorse Mark Ellwood’s comments on Grubby Griggs. I was one of many young men setting out in adult rugby who benefitted from Grubby’s kind words, ideas and protection (when a bigger opponent got stroppy!). Apostle is a great title for him, an ordinary man with extraordinary talents and devotion.
Dick Andrews (now in New Zealand).
January 1, 2016 at 11:23 pm #1081M.J. CurtisParticipant
A correction Dick. The last two paragraphs staring “I knew Ron from…..” were mine. The email to me from Mark was in quotations under the heading: “I recently received the following from Mark Ellwood:” Mike Curtis 54-61
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