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Those We Remember

Raymond Matthews
27th. June, 2007

A keen rugby supporter and a Vice President of the Penzance & Newlyn RFC, Raymond Matthews, has passed away this week, aged 86.

Ray, a single man, lived at Pendeen and was for many years manager of the Western National Bus Depot at Camborne. His involvement with the Pirates was considerable, especially in helping to organise social even

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Mike Stringer May 2007

A Pirates player from the 1960s, Mike Stringer, has sadly passed away in London aged 65.

A prop forward who also later played for London Cornish, he was always a generous host to friends who ventured to rugby weekends in the capital.

The eldest son of Norman and Joan Stringer, proprietors of the one time Carlton Cafe in Market Jew Street, Penzance, Mike became a head chef at a city bank in Fleet Street. His funeral will take place at Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Road, Mortlake, TW9 4EN, at 1pm on Friday 8th. June, 2007.

P.D. 'PAT' CLEAVER October 2006

We are sorry to hear that former 'Pirate' Pat Cleaver has passed away, aged 77.

His funeral will take place at his home town of Warminster, Wiltshire, on Friday 13th. October.

A robust prop forward, Pat played for the Pirates, Harlequins, the Army and Cornwall (8 caps, 1947-55).

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John Edgecombe - October 2005

One of lifes real characters, John was a big man who was proud of his Cornish rugby roots, a second row forward who played a total of 305 games for the Pirates in the fifties and sixties.

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David Frost - June 2006

David Frost, former rugby union correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, has died at the age of 77 after a short illness.

Having been largely brought up as a boy in Cornwall, David played his first club rugby for the Pirates after having represented Cornwall Schools versus The Rest in a holiday match at Camborne.

David was Chairman of the Rugby Union Writers Club from 1983 to 1985 and its President from 1994 to 1998. He was know by his colleagues as Frosty, a name which was in direct contrast to his convivial nature.

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Hugh Martin - March 2006

The death of Hugh Martin has occurred at the age of 89.

Though not a player, he still holds a unique place in the history of the Pirates, having designed the superb Penzance & Newlyn RFC badge in 1946.

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David Drew - February 2006

We were all shocked to hear that David, who captained the club for three seasons during the seventies, passed away suddenly during the last weekend in February

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