DEVON rugby has suffered a sad loss with the death of Brixham stalwart Danny Irvine.
Mr Irvine, who was in his 80s, died in hospital in Brixham on Tuesday afternoon with his family at his side, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
His association with the Fishermen started in the 1950s as a player and continued right up to his death.
Mr Irvine served Brixham as fixture secretary, secretary and president after his playing days ended.
He was a league secretary for the Devon Division and served for two years (2002-04) on the Devon RFU committee.
Sons Sean (83-90) and James (1995) both represented Devon in the County Championship.
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Mr Irvine, who served in the Royal Navy and was Dartmouth harbourmaster when he returned to Civvy Street, had been battling cancer for a number of years.
He was given the last rites on Monday and died shortly after 1pm yesterday.
The first tribute to Mr Irvine came from Brixham chairman Chris Forster, who said: “He was Mr Brixham in the eyes of the rugby community – and had been for a number of years.
“Over the years Danny filled various positions at the club and he will leave a gaping hole at the club.
“Hundreds and hundreds of young men over the years have passed through Brixham RFC under Danny’s guidance.
“The debt of gratitude the club owes to Danny Irvine is immense.
“Our love, our thoughts and our prayers are with Danny’s wife Anne and his family at this devastating time.”