Tributes paid to former rugby club chairman and ‘hellishly nice bloke’ Dick Scruby

Dick Scruby, third from right, and the 'old farts' meet rugby union England star Billy Vunipola. Photo by Shawn Pearce ANL-160622-120342001
Dick Scruby, third from right, and the 'old farts' meet rugby union England star Billy Vunipola. Photo by Shawn Pearce ANL-160622-120342001

Tributes have been paid to Bury Rugby Club’s former chairman Dick Scruby who passed away on June 15.

Dick, 85, had been the club’s chairman in the late seventies and later its president and team secretary having played for the club past the age most had retired from the game.

Dick Scruby ANL-160628-093052001

Dick Scruby ANL-160628-093052001

He grew up in Felixstowe and was later conscripted into the army where he was posted in Germany as an engineer.

After completing his service, Dick travelled to Nigeria to teach engineering at a college close to Kano.

On leave he met his wife Barbara, a police officer from Suffolk, later moving to Bury St Edmunds and having two children. Settling back into life in Suffolk, Dick worked at West Suffolk College where he taught engineering.

A massive rugby fan, and a ‘staunch’ supporter of Bury Rugby Club, Dick has been described by his friends as a ‘larger than life’ character.

Friend Roger Cook said: “He was a very social animal and a hellishly nice bloke.

“You don’t meet too many people who are absolutely straight in life but he was one of them - a straight, truthful, honest guy.”

Another friend Jerry Lowdon said Dick was part of group who call themselves ‘the old farts’.

“We go away with the team and wear these ridiculous blazers to show our support for the team,” he said.

“Dick was a sociable chap, well known by a lot of people in Bury and well-liked by all. He was a staunch supporter of the club and a great touring man. Whenever the club went on tour to Europe, France, Spain - he was always there.”

Dick had two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A funeral service is being held on Thursday July 7 at 3pm at Risby Crematorium which will continue back at the rugby club.