We are saddened to report the death of Gill Boyd, who passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday 6 July.
Gill first became involved with the club when she and her husband George moved to Threshfield in 1969. Although George had ended his rugby playing career by then, they both soon became very active members of the Wharfedale Rugby Club family. Gill was on the ladies committee for many years, joining the “teas” rota and helping organise the infamous “party nights” of the 70s and 80s. She also coordinated the annual dinner dances at Stirk House and was instrumental in the organisation of the first Midsummer Ball. In the days when there was a piano at the clubhouse her ability to play absolutely anything by ear often led to memorable singing sessions which went on late into the night. Later, Gill became the rugby club cashier, a role which continued even into her 80s.
Having never had a drop of alcohol in her life Gill managed to be the life and soul of these events, yet always enjoyed the company of those who perhaps had over indulged a little too much. She therefore became the unofficial designated driver at the club, and she and George often provided lifts home to players after away matches. Recently while reminiscing, when asked who would be her favourite passenger when looking back on those days, she managed to name so many entertaining characters from the club that we decided she would need a minibus!
After her husband George sadly died in 1990, the rugby club community really came into its own, put its figurative arms round her and provided her with much needed support and kept her busy. She was so pleased when her son-in-law Charles Vyvyan started playing for Wharfedale, and was especially proud when both he and her grandson actually played together one day.
All in all, Gill really loved the hours she spent at Wharfedale. It can safely be said that while she put a lot of her time, energy and enthusiasm into the club, without expecting anything in return, however she most certainly was rewarded richly in friendship and laughter, and had many stories to share with her beloved grandchildren, Izzy and George.
For those who wish to join her family in celebrating her life, the funeral will be held at St Michael & All Angels Church, Linton Falls on Tuesday 20th July at 11am. Non-family attendance is subject to the understanding that all restrictions will have been lifted by then.