Tributes paid to Gildersome Senior Citizens’ president
A TREASURED member of Gildersome Senior Citizens Club has died aged 84.
Jack Thompson passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 27 at St James’s Hospital.
Mr Thompson was born and bred in Gildersome and lived his entire 84 years within the village.
He married his childhood sweetheart Doreen almost 63 years ago.
Mr Thompson spent his army life in the catering corps of the Army based hospital kitchen in Southampton and spent his entire working life in the mills of Whitehead’s and then Moxon’s, where he become a highly skilled pattern weaver.
Other than his family, Mr Thompson’s passions were cricket and in his younger years he played for Gildersome Cricket Club where he became club captain. For almost 50 years he was an umpire for the Leeds league and Bradford league. He umpired his first Hepworth Cup Final in 1963 aged 35 - one of the youngest umpires to be given the honour.
His other passion was Gildersome Senior Citizens Social Club, where he first became a committee member and then for the last 15 years was club president and loved helping to organise their many trips and holidays.
He also wrote the club’s weekly report for the Observer & Advertiser so everyone was kept informed of all the club’s events.
His wife, Doreen, said she would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and support throughout this difficult time.
Ron Whitlam, speaking on behalf of Gildersome Senior Citizens Club, said: “Jack was actively involved in the running of the club, always ready to contribute his services and time where required.
“He also arranged holidays for the members.
“A very popular member of the club, Jack will be sadly missed by all who knew him”
Mr Thompson’s funeral was held on Tuesday at St Peter’s Church, Gildersome.
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