......our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
Pricey (Pete Pete) was a classy fly half with a wide range of skills on the pitch who captained the club in 1984/5 having already received an honours cap in 1983.
He demanded a high work rate from all forwards to get him ball so he could get us into the places to win games. His wit was razor sharp and his sense of humour kept us all on our toes in the 80s at Combe.
Being a local teacher at Kemnal Manor meant he had not only playing and social, but teaching responsibilities to many Combe members including Colin Taylor, Roy Maybank and Loggy to name a few. I don’t think Pricey would do so well as a teacher in the 21st Century as its fair to say he was far from PC.
He was an active member of one of the club’s golfing teams, The Wyder Boys, which included at least two former pupils until his health deteriorated earlier this year. After much cajoling each year Pricey managed to convince the Wyder Boys to take their annual society to his beloved Scotland (even though he was actually Welsh ! ). Pricey never actually made the trip this year as his health had deteriorated and he couldn't travel. Fortunately Fraser and Colin went to visit him last month and spent a long afternoon going over the 'old days'. Happy Days.
Remembered by all Pricey will be known for many things, but two stick our minds:
For those of us who had the privilege to play with him, no matter how frenzied it got in the changing room before kick-off, there was always a brief pause, just before the door opened, he would stop, ask for silence and wink – then utter the famous phrase from Hill Street Blues – "Be Careful out There". This totally destroyed the frenzy, cracked us up and we ran out laughing, much to the annoyance of the oppo.
For those who remembered him in the bar as a larger than life character, we leave you with one thing and it is a reminder to us all in times of sadness, trouble and stress and I am sure Pricey would say it if he were here right now …ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
Pete Pete, a remarkable man, a remarkable friend
Pricey's funeral will be on 17th October at Tunbridge Wells Crematorium @ 2.30. Then after that at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club
Updated 09:01 - 19 Oct 2017 by Graham Seppings