In Memory of Arthur Gerard Rackstraw
Arthur Gerard Rackstraw
Known as Rackers to his friends died peacefully on 7 September from liver cancer at home surrounded by his family and his trusty dog.
He was 71 years and was a member from mid sixties where he played for all XI’s and captained 2’s 3’s and Vets. He took up umpiring for a while until moving to Nottingham supporting the 1’s when they played in the Midlands. When he returned back to Sussex he was a frequent spectator.
Arthur has left an indelible mark on this hockey club being the project manager on both the building of the original squash courts. He then managed the build of the Clubhouse and Sports Hall.
With this wealth of knowledge he became a Trustee of East Grinstead Sports Club and was instrumental in obtaining planning permission for the LED Lights. He was involved also in sorting out the “odd leak” on the roof of the clubhouse.
He will be missed for both his knowledge but for his compassion and friendship