It is with regret that we join Banbridge HC as they announce the passing of their esteemed Patron, Eric Walker. Eric passed away peacefully on Saturday evening in Daisy Hill Hospital. We extend our heartfelt and deepest sympathies to Dorothy, Nicola, Jonto and the wider family at this sad time.
Over the past half century, the name of Eric Walker has been synonymous with hockey and with Banbridge in particular. In his earlier years he had the distinction of playing for Ulster and Leinster, and today he is as well-known throughout Ireland and further afield as he was then. An outstanding organiser of social functions and a source of encouragement to all, his greatest contribution to the successes of Banbridge in recent years has been his planning and support of trips throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe. No-one will ever know how much time and effort this demanded but the successes of the teams were fitting rewards for his contributions to this aspect of Club life.
Service of thanksgiving and remembrance in Bannside Presbyterian Church Banbridge on Tuesday at 1pm followed by a strictly private committal.
No flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent if desired to William Bell & Co Funeral Directors 23 Kenlis Street Banbridge BT32 3LR for Chest, Heart and Stroke.