Opportunity to pay tribute to former rugby club captain

George Wade, centre, front row, in part of a club picture when he captained Morpeth Old Edwardians in the 1958 Northumberland Cup Final.
George Wade, centre, front row, in part of a club picture when he captained Morpeth Old Edwardians in the 1958 Northumberland Cup Final.

Morpeth Rugby Club is mourning the loss of veteran ex-player George Wade who died of heart failure at his home on North Tyneside on August 3, aged 84.

He joined the club in 1948 on being demobbed from the army and played until he was 47.

George captained the first Morpeth team to reach the Northumberland County Cup final against Percy Park in 1957 and was captain of all the junior sides.

He began work as a 14-year-old apprentice for Parsons Engineering and stayed with the firm until he was 60. In the summer months, he played cricket for Blagdon for many years.

He is fondly remembered at Morpeth RFC for his organisational skill as a captain at all levels of the game and for his encouragement of young players.

George is survived by his wife Sylvia, their sons Ian and Tony and four grandchildren.

Morpeth RFC President Peter Forsythe said: “Our older members will be saddened by the news of George’s death.

“He was a very long serving and popular captain of the sides at all levels of the club.”

George’s funeral will take place at Whitley Bay Cemetery from 11.15am on Wednesday.