We are sad to report the passing of another club stalwart, Basil Crabtree, who died on Monday aged 91.
Basil came from Loughborough College to teach at Linton Camp in the early 1950s before setting up his own plumbing and heating business. He played for the club through to the early 1960s and served on both the General Committee and the Selection Committee from 1963-77, stepping down from both when his wife Myra joined the newly-formed Ladies’ Committee.
He rarely missed a match at the Avenue and was a long-standing and vociferous member of the “creche” of mature gentlemen who gather in the upstairs bar before and after matches to put the world to rights.
We send our condolences to Myra, sons Steven and David, daughter Julie Dodgson and all the family. Basil’s funeral, restricted under current regulations to family only, will be held on Wednesday, 17 February.
The cortege will leave Wharfedale RUFC at 12.15 and will progress up the Avenue. Club members and friends are invited to line the Avenue to pay their respects – but are asked to observe appropriate social distancing.