Barrow Raiders fan Steve to be remembered
Last updated at 16:59, Thursday, 07 March 2013
BARROW Raiders have paid tribute to a long-time supporter and dad-of-two who has died following a brave battle against a brain tumour.
Steve Clark, died, aged 42, on Monday after a long illness. He leaves behind wife Jennifer and two young children, Olivia and Max.
Keith Nutter, Barrow RFC media and communications director, said the club learned of Mr Clark’s death with great sadness.
On behalf of everyone connected with Raiders, Mr Nutter passed the club’s “deepest sympathies” to Mr Clark’s wife and children, his parents Roger and Sandra, and the rest of his family and close friends.
As a mark of respect, a minute’s applause will be held before the match against Dewsbury at Craven Park on Sunday.
Mr Nutter said: “Steve and I first met back in 2009 when I launched the club’s development fund and he contacted me offering to help.
“From then on, there wasn’t a week that passed without Steve sending me an idea to help promote the fund or to help improve the club.
“He was a very quiet lad, but had some great ideas and he always presented them well. Steve was also a regular contributor the (Total RL) Barrow forum and his posts were always well worth a read.”
In November 2011 Mr Clark put his name forward for a place on the club’s board of directors, but pulled out shortly before the elections when he learned of his illness.
Mr Clark worked as a senior publications engineer in BAE Systems and was mainly involved in database management for electronic publications.
Mr Nutter said: “His expertise in the field of publications was there for all to see in the hundreds of posters he produced to promote Raiders’ matches and the development fund.
“His posters were stunning, that is for sure, and did much to help promote the club.
“My enduring memory of Steve will be from last November, when his second operation was imminent.
“My wife was also due to undergo a big operation around the same time and, despite his own worries, he took the time to text me to wish Tricia well with her operation.
“Sadly, that was the last contact I had with Steve. I’m going to miss our chats.”
Mr Clark’s funeral will be held on Monday at Thorncliffe Crematorium, Barrow, at 1.45pm.
First published at 16:27, Thursday, 07 March 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I knew Steve from playing in the Waiting World band with him. Such a loss. A genuine, nice guy. Condolences to all
Steve was my cousin. He was a friend all of my life. He was always there. he was one of the good guys. His passion for rugby league and his loyalty to Barrow Raiders should be seen as an example to everyone who says they are a fan of the team. when the good results were not coming. when the rain and wind lashed Craven Park. whatever the situation he was there, with his mates or with Roger, stood in his places. i always knew when i came to the games i would find him in the stand behind the sticks at the Walney end. it Will seem quiet there from now
on. His loyalty for his team was only beaten by his loyalty and his love for his his family. And my heart goes out to Jenny, Max and Olivia. to Sandra, Roger and Si. we will all miss Steve. He will never be forgotten. I am proud to say i knew such a brave and witty bloke. a fighter to the end. i Will clap for you on Sunday. no doubt cry a bit. but then i Will cheer for you and your team, now you can cheer no more. Phil.
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