In Memory of Dave Brown – 1934 to 2021

 In East Grinstead Hockey Club, Sports Club News

We mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Dave Brown and his significant contribution to East Grinstead Sports Club.

Dave Brown’s long association with the Sports Club began when his daughter Daz was playing for the Ladies Hockey Club in the 1990’s.  He often came up to the bar to socialise and was invariably seen  in the corner of the bar talking about his old rugby playing days with Old Colfeans.  After Daz very sadly passed away with cancer in her mid-30’s Dave continued his close involvement with the club in many different ways.

Dave made a significant contribution to the building of the water based hockey pitch by not only buying that land but also by being very active on the project management group.  He subsequently built ‘Daz’s Dell’ the memorial garden next to the hockey pitch and later installed all the seating that is now by the pitch.

Further to that he was very supportive to the building of the Netball courts putting in the same level of support to that project when they were built in 2005.

Dave picked up the nickname ‘Bob the Builder’ when he and four volunteers decided to build the wooden dugouts by the main hockey pitch.  He had enormous fun working and building the huts with his friends and many people have very fond memories of those days.

He was a trustee of the Sports Club for over 10 years and was always forthright and opiniated which significantly enhanced the effectiveness of the Charity Board.  He was also instrumental in assisting with the move of Dunnings Squash Club to the Sports Club and turning the two squash courts into the existing gym.

One of the many contributions Dave made was buying the field that is now known as Dave’s field.  It is the area below the Netball courts and runs down to the Turners Hill Road.  He was delighted to learn that in the last couple of months planning permission has been granted for the change of use for that land and Meads Junior Football Club will now be able to train and play on the field which was one of his great ambitions.

He was often seen helping out with the grounds and enjoyed his time working round the back of the hockey pitch, in what become know as Dave’s sheds, where all the grounds equipment is stored and maintained.

More than anything he loved being up at the club chatting in the bar and telling stories with his friends.  He was always good company and had an opinion on everything, he disliked bureaucracy as he always felt it got in the way of quick and pragmatic progress.

Dave was  not only involved with the Club but invested a large amount of effort  in ensuring that the statue of Archibald  McIndoe was erected outside Sackville College for the benefit of both the town and  visitors.

He will be missed by all but the Dell, Dave’s field and all the other facilities will live on forever and he will always be fondly remembered for the huge contribution he made to the club.

Our thoughts are very much with Ann at this time.

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