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The Pirates have been saddened this week to hear news confirming the passing of both Betty James and Goff Johns.
Betty, aged 90, was the wife of the late George ‘Bosun’ James, a true legend of the club who died in 2013. A former President, George had been our Kit Secretary and First-Aidman for many years, having at first joined the Supporters Club in 1955.
Now, many couples gave and have given decades of support to the Pirates, and George and Betty were no different. Indeed, during times when every last effort was made to maintain use of our kit, it was Betty who quietly and efficiently spent many hours repairing shirts to make sure that the players were suitably attired.
Betty’s funeral will take place at Chapel Street Methodist Church, Penzance on Wednesday 27th March, commencing 10am, followed afterwards by a gathering at the Pirates clubhouse. In the meantime condolences are expressed to all members of her family.
A long-time supporter, Goff, aged 81, was married to another Betty. Many will also remember their sons Stewart and Ian both playing for the Pirates.
A retired schoolteacher, and in the past a stalwart Rotary Club member, Goff keenly followed the Pirates accompanied by friends including Rob Murdoch, Rod Varlow, Alun Howells, Don Coomber and Ben Rodwell. He was also one of several people who indirectly helped influence the setting up of our mini-junior rugby section, which followed Harvey Richards having in 1973 suggested the idea of initiating a ‘new’ 9-a-side version of the game. A coaching course was set up at the Mennaye Field for primary schools locally, involving a group from the first year at Humphry Davy School, where Goff was then teaching.
At this time condolences are also expressed to Goff’s family, who have confirmed that his funeral will take place at Paul Church on Friday 29th March, commencing 11am.
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