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During the past week the Cornish Pirates have been sorry hear that a stalwart supporter of the team, David Paul, has sadly passed away. Aged 79, David had suffered with a heart problem in recent months and died suddenly at his home in Heamoor.
Following the Pirates over the years at the Mennaye Field, at Kenwyn and Camborne, and then back at the Mennaye Field again, he was a popular face about on match days, often accompanied by his nephew Julian Dale.
A keen sports follower throughout his life, David supported the ‘Magpies’ of Penzance AFC in the past, and Penzance Cricket Club where he was at one time a scorer and a barman. Over many years he attended the Heamoor Institute, where his voluntary input included conscientiously looking after the snooker table, plus with a shrewd approach he liked a ‘flutter’ on the horses.
Speaking on behalf of the Cornish Pirates, Phil Westren commented:
Many will know that David endured various health problems over the years, besides sadly losing his wife Margaret back in 2016. However, he remained stoic and warmly friendly to the end and will be missed on our match days – and not just because he always kindly made sure he had a plentiful supply of Murray mints to hand out!
Our condolences are expressed to all family members, including his season ticket holder brother Rex, Julian and two more of his nephews, Kevin and Mike, who also all keenly support the club.
Due to the current situation a private funeral for David, with family flowers only, is to be held this coming Friday 27th November, 2pm at Wesley Rock Methodist Church, Heamoor. Donations, if so desired, can be made in support of Cornwall Air Ambulance, and for enquiries please contact Burroughs & Kearey, Undertakers, via 01736-364062.
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