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John Shanahan

John died peacefully in hospital on Saturday (7 December)

John Shanahan

It is with great sadness and regret  that I have to announce the death of our great friend and colleague John Shanahan today, following a long and at times painful journey with lung cancer. He bore his condition with great stoicism and grace, travelling extensively over the past year and determined to live life to the full.

John was a great friend and mentor to so many both within the club and friends and colleagues met through his business and other interests. He started off coaching Mini’s when his own sons, James & Sam, joined the club in the 1980’s, progressed to Mini Chairman and then to Club Chairman, a position he served with distinction for many years.

He ran committee meetings with a gentle hand which, as those of us who served with him will have learnt, was really a rod of iron clad in a velvet glove.

He had the ability to get things done and to persuade others to get involved and instigated the mantra that you couldn’t leave a club committee until you found your replacement!

He was delighted to be made a Life Vice President of the Club and to see his name listed on the Honours board above the bar.

You simply couldn’t find a nicer, more interesting man to stand at the club bar or indeed any other bar with and his depth of knowledge of the game of rugby and all those involved will never be surpassed.

He was immensely proud of his club, hugely supportive of all his many friends and will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know him.

Our condolences go out to Caroline and his family.



(President Cobham RFC)

7 December 2013


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