Tributes to rugby club president

Graham Williams. Picture by David Paton. NNL-150120-171606001
Graham Williams. Picture by David Paton. NNL-150120-171606001

Tributes have been paid to a well-known figure around Shipston-on-Stour.

Dr Graham Williams, president of Shipston Rugby Club and town doctor, passed away at home in Cherington, on Saturday afternoon, at the age of 80.

Dr Williams had been president of the club for around 30 years and played in the club’s early days when he came to Shipston as a young doctor. He was a back row player. He also played rugby at Guy’s Hospital Medical School as a student.

In a tribute on the club’s website, Alasdair Elliott said: “Many will remember his president’s speeches at the club dinners.

“His supply of jokes delivered in his own special manner was a joy for all of us to listen to. He was president when we had access to some of the big names on the rugby circuit.”

Dr Williams was also a keen gardener, with an interest in alpine plants, and a mountain climber, having climbed to the base camp on Mt Everest. He is survived by his wife, Sue, son George, 23, two children from a previous marriage, Catherine and Rebecca, and two grandchildren.

Dr Chris Thorogood, who worked with Dr Williams at Shipston Medical Centre and knew him for 35 years, said: “He was delightful. He was a friendly, happy and jovial man and his patients adored him. He was always very smartly dressed like a gentleman GP.”

His funeral is being held on February 5, at St George’s Church, in Brailes from 2pm.