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Club’s former chairman dies after illness aged 57

Mark Freeman tribute.
Mark. He is on the right in the blue shirt. John Billington our current Chairman is on the left in the white shirt.

Mark Freeman tribute. Mark. He is on the right in the blue shirt. John Billington our current Chairman is on the left in the white shirt.

The former chairman of a rugby club has passed away after a long period of illness.

Mark Freeman, who lived in Putnoe, died last Sunday at the age of 57, after battling illness for the last couple of years.

Mark had served as the chairman of Kempston RFC for 30 years up until last year when he stepped down.

He began playing with the club as a young lad and also served as third team captain and a hooker.

Close friend and press secretary of the club John Nichols said: “He really did a lot for the club, He built an extension at the back of the club and he paid for the development of the club.

“He drew in a lot of sponsors for the club and he got on extremely well with the younger players.”

Around five years ago the club got knocked out of the East Midlands League System and this is its first season back in the league.

John added: “It was quite tough when we got knocked out of the league and he stuck with us even through the bad times. I’m glad he got to see us get back in and try and get back to where we were. He was enormously generous and had a really good sense of humour. It was always felt that the club was his life,”

Mark had two brothers and one sister. His funeral is on Tuesday at 11.30am at Bedford Crematorium with the wake at the club.

 

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