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Neath RFC

All at Neath RFC are saddened to learn that former treasurer John Prichard passed away suddenly on Saturday morning.

John was employed at B.P. Llandarcy and he played his rugby for Neath (YMCA) Athletic. Thereafter, he became a keen follower of the Welsh All Blacks and a member of Neath Rugby Supporters’ Club, eventually joining the committee and becoming treasurer.

He then joined the Neath RFC committee and was the natural choice to succeed Robert Thomas as treasurer in 1980 and he immediately struck up an excellent working relationship with long-serving secretary Allan Benjamin.

Utterly reliable, trustworthy and efficient the pair guided Neath RFC’s off-field fortunes through to the early 1990’s by which time Neath RFC led the world in club terms.

John’s wife Pam was a leading member of the Ladies Committee who served food to players on training nights and on match days. His dedication and service saw him rewarded by being made a Life Member of the Club and at the time of his death John was its senior Life Member.

Neath RFC secretary Mike Price said, “The Club’s sincere condolences go to John’s son Wyn, family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this sad time. I had the privilege of having known John from my schooldays and, if ever there were such a thing as a role model for a rugby club officer, it was John.

“Ever the gentleman, his integrity, good sense and careful husbandry of the club’s finances were a credit to him and he fulfilled his tasks with good humour. With John it was always a case of ‘service before self’, he had no truck with people who would do the club down and his only reward was the great delight in following the deeds of Neath RFC.

“John’s virtues – rarely found nowadays – are needed all the more as the Game gets to grips with the return from Coronavirus.”