Peter Morgan Passes Away

North Midlands rugby mourns stalward Peter Morgan

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2013 06:39pm
St. Stephen, Worcester
By Paul Bolton
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North Midlands rugby is mourning Peter Morgan, a stalwart worker for the North Midlands Society of Rugby Football Referees and a well -known figure in local rugby circles, who has died a few days short of his 57th birthday after a long battle against cancer.

Peter may have been short of stature  but he was big of heart and fought his illness with courage and good humour.

He played for the now defunct Old Moseleians club as a hooker and took up refereeing at the age of 29.

Peter served the NMSRFR for 27 years, served as Sundays fixture secretary and also coached and advised up and coming referees.

“Peter was the quintessential grass roots rugby man: as a referee he was bearded, tubby and 5 foot tall: 'Piston Legs' is the most common phrase that has appeared on social media following news of his death. He accepted his level but gave rugby his all and then more besides. His humour, love for the game and total commitment will be hugely missed,” said fellow referee Ian Jackson.

Steve Guy, RFU Council Member for North Midlands and a former North Midlands referee, said: “I came across Peter many years ago on my frequent visits to the Old Moseleian club as referee.

“Peter was still playing , even then it was his passion and love of the Game were obvious which is something he kept throughout his life.

“We remained firm friends and our paths crossed many times over the years.

“The work Peter put in on behalf of the NMSRFR both as an administrator and an active referee are legendary. To this day clubs I visit frequently ask about him.

“He achieved so much in his life and was liked by all, never having a bad word to say about anyone. He was always willing to help.

“Over the past few years his fight against illness typified the way he led his life: always smiling, approachable and caring about others. My deepest sympathies go to his family.”

Peter Morgan is survived by his father and brother. His funeral details have yet to be finalised.




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