It is with great sadness that we report the death of the club’s oldest member Trevor Burgin OBE. Trevor joined HRUFC in 1950 and played wing three quarter. He made 55 First XV appearances and was a member of the club’s cup winning ‘Sevens’ team of the time.
In his student days he played football and was selected for London University and the UAU. During World War 2 he joined the RAF and flew in bomber command. He also represented the RAF at football. He was the club’s last surviving veteran from the conflict. After the war he had trials for Hull City and Accrington Stanley but chose instead a career in teaching and took up playing rugby with HRUFC.
Trevor had a very distinguished career in Kirklees as a teacher, head teacher and Senior Advisor and was a pioneer in multi-cultural learning. He was awarded the OBE by the Queen for his services to education. He was also a very fine swimmer and in 1972 he was appointed President of the English Schools Swimming Association.
Trevor played his final match for the club in 1975 in a Vets v Colts match but continued to support our teams into his late 80’s. He will be sadly missed!
Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Kathleen and daughters Carolyn and Angela and all his family.
Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are available.
Should friends wish to send personal condolences they can be sent to Carolyn Prescott, 10 Westridge Drive, Beaumont Park, Huddersfield. HD4 7AX.