It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Stuart Vines, a Canterbury Rugby Club stalwart.
To misquote, Shakespeare. Some people are born Canterbury Supporters, some become supporters and some have Canterbury thrust upon them. Stuart followed George Micans, his grandson to The Marine Travel Ground. From the sidelines both home and away his pride for George quickly, as would have been expected from Stuart, spread to the whole club. Whether George was playing or not you would often find Stuart supporting his adopted club.
It is tribute to this true gent that so many at the club were privileged to call him a friend. Always with a smile and positive attitude. He was a true Black and Amber fan. Having had many a conversation with him, it was clear he was a dedicated family man proud of both his rugby playing sons and utterly devoted to his wife Rose. A dedication that went both ways on the occasions that Rose attended a match, but stayed in the car with a book due to her mobility. He will be missed deeply by the club and especially those that regularly had a chat before, during, and after the game, which always started with ‘all right boy’
Stuart’s funeral is on Thursday. May 11 at St Leonard’s Church, Heath and Reach, LU7 0AA