David Durell, a stalwart of Canterbury Rugby Club and former caterer, has died.
He was a regular at the club in Merton Lane including attending the pre-match lunch for the opening game of the season at the Marine Travel Ground.
Until recently, he was also the popular landlord and freeholder of the Chapter Arms pub in Chartham Hatch.
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Before that Mr Durell was the catering franchise holder at Boughton Golf Club where he helped start the annual Golf Club Day and May Ball.
Both events became hugely popular.
Upon hearing of his death, Canterbury Rugby Club said: “It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the sudden death of long time member, friend and supporter David Durell.
“David’s contributions to the club were many.
“He was also proud to be an early sponsor, the first team’s shorts bearing his Premier Cru brand on the backside, to his lasting amusement.
“He had wide sporting interests apart form rugby, being a member of MCC, the Griffins Head Golf Club.
“David was at the pre-match lunch for the opening game of he season at the MTG. The man with the big personality will be sadly missed.”