Barrow Raiders have led tributes after the death of a former director and 'life long supporter'.

Jon Livesey died earlier this week following a short battle with illness.

Raiders said it was 'with great sadness' that they learnt about his death.

A spokesman said: "Jon gave a tremendous amount of time, effort and resources to the club over a long period, and we thank and acknowledge the service he gave to us.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all Jon's family and friends."

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Raiders chairman Steve Neale knew Mr Livesey for a number of years having made their way through the local youth rugby ranks together.

"I was devastated when I heard the news, just devastated and shocked from a personal point of view," he said.

"Jon was only relatively young, basically the same age as me, which always means that this sort of news is going to hit harder."

Mr Livesey established himself as a key part of the community, spearheaded by his unwavering love of the sport.

"He was rugby through and through - growing up, he was a fantastic player, truly outstanding, and it was only because of injury that he didn't get to have the career he deserved," said Mr Neale.

Away from Raiders, other local clubs, such as Askam ARLFC, shared their tributes to someone who was a 'stalwart friend'.

Liz Gaskell added: "All of us at the club are heavy-hearted on the loss.

"Without the support, dedication and hard work he put in over many years, our club wouldn't be what it is today."

Mr Livesey's funeral will take place on Friday, April 12 at Barrow Crematorium from 10.45 am followed by a celebration of his life at Askam Rugby Club.

The family asked only for flowers as gifts, alongside donations to St Mary's Hospice, the charity who cared for him during his illness, in his name.