It is with deep sadness that the club announces the passing of Jack Larkins. Jack passed away in the early hours of Monday 11 April at home surrounded by his family. Jack was 93 years old.
Although Jack was a YM member he was a regular face at Lockwood Park. Jack was a huge supporter of the YM serving on the committee during the 1970s and playing an important role in the development of the clubhouse in the early 1990s. Rumour has it that Jack’s decision to switch to union from league and stay at the YM was a pre match pint on his first away game. On the field Jack was a none conformist electing to play in black and yellow socks during his playing career and earning the name, Tiger Larkins. In retirement Jack was never short of an opinion and would often be heard extolling his views to the referee from the side line. I’m sure the photo is how most of us will remember Jack, thoroughly enjoying a pint at the bar.
A gentleman and scholar Jack will be sorely missed by those who knew him, although his opinions less so by visiting referees.
Jack’s funeral will be at 1pm on Friday 13 May at St. Paul’s Church, Birkenshaw (BD11 2DR) and afterwards at East Brierly Cricket Club (BD4 6PJ).