On behalf of Barnstaple RFC I write to express our sadness at the passing away of Cecil Duckworth former owner and President of Worcester Warriors RFC.

Cecil was an incredibly motivated individual who determinedly thrived to ensure that premiership rugby could be attained for Worcester. When Cecil took over in 1996 Worcester were at the same level as Barnstaple are today. Despite being a soccer man his commitment to Worcester RFC was total. An extremely successful businessman behind the creation of Worcester Heat Systems from 1962. Earning a CBE for services to business and charitable trusts was a small measure of high commendation this man deserved. It was my privilege to serve under his presidency for 6 years and him allowing me to welcome Barnstaple and show the Barum committee around a premiership stadium will be fondly remembered particularly by the committee of that time lead by Chairman Trevor Shaddick.

Our deepest respectful and sincerest tribute to a wonderful man from Barnstaple Rugby club

Ian Stanton – Chairman BRFC

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