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John Grimmer

 

11.11.1941 – 30.06.2021

We are sad to announce the passing of John Handley Grimmer. John was a 1st XI player for Hounslow Hockey Club and Middlesex County Hockey in the 1960s and 1970s. He went on to coach both sides to great success.

John played for England in 2 outdoor internationals and 6 indoor internationals in early '70s.

He is fondly remembered by teammates and opponents alike.

John had an eye for spotting young talented players such as Jon Potter and Kulbir Bhaura. He also arranged overseas tours for the purpose of gaining experience for young talent, several of whom have gone on to enjoy Olympic success.

John had a fine cricketing career playing for Wembley Cricket Club in late '60s/early '70s and he was a leading light in the foundation of the Middlesex County league. John joined Shepherds Bush Cricket Club in the mid-'70s. There his efforts help to create an environment of inclusivity for younger players. His legacy is embodied in the reputation Shepherds Bush now enjoys as a leading example of a thriving multi-ethnic cricket club within the Middlesex League.

He will be remembered for doing all of this with a smile on his face. An exceptional raconteur, his friendships in the sporting world extend well beyond these shores. Our sympathies to his family circle, wife Di, sons, Simon and Andrew, daughters Adele and Emily and grandchildren Raff, Zac, Bjorn, Betsy, Anton and Oskar.

Freddie Martin

 

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A floral tribute to John Grimmer from Ladykillers HC.

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