Brian Skeeles’s eulogy at Peter’s funeral on Tuesday
8th Jan 2008.
“Ethel has asked me to say some words on behalf of our friendship in its
sporting aspects. We have been friends for the last thirty years and during this
time, husbands and wives have enjoyed each others company in so many ways.
When I first met Peter, in the late 70’s, we gelled from day one because he was
a quiet, unassuming English gentleman with great tenacity, consistency, and also
a wonderful sense of humour. As a result we became not just good friends, but
good mates. He became the ‘Man for all Seasons’ whatever happened on the roller
coaster, which was Moseley Rugby over the years.
Throughout this time, the other sporting love of his life was cricket and
Warwickshire CCC. He obtained his fifty year tie last year, what an achievement!
He was a long time member of the Cricket Society, also the Primary Club and a
Vice President of Moseley Ashfield CC. He always attended the annual match
between Moseley Ashfield CC and Moseley Rugby Club and of course the Remembrance
Day at the Moseley War Memorial.
Returning to the Moseley years, when he lived alone after his Mother died, he
quietly approached Mike Prosser to ask if he could be of assistance on the
financial side and started work with our Treasurer. This is where all his good
work with MFC began. He quickly moved to be Treasurer of the club and then the
first non-playing President of the club between 1996/98, which was during a very
difficult time for the club when the professional era was coming in.
During this time Peter also helped the Moseley Supporters Association and became
their President as well, before being given an Honorary Membership of the MPA.
In the late 90’s, Peter put his head above the parapet and joined Simon Coopers
Moseley Ventures Group, who took over the club when it was in administration.
When times got difficult for this group in 2001/2, at the Grand Hotel, Peter’s
vote, at great personal sacrifice, kept Moseley together as they are today with
the present group in charge. Peter contributed to the match programme and helped
Jan Webster with the memorabilia in the clubhouse and along with his ‘vote’ will
put him in the folk lore of Moseley Rugby, the ‘Man of the Moment’.
During these times Peter and I have supported Moseley home and away via the
supporters coach and latterly on the players coach, which was a great honour,
though thick and thin.
We followed England and on occasions Scotland via our Melrose connections and
were regular attendees at the Melrose 7’s, were we took time out to go on the
haggis shoot!!!! We went by plane, car, train and coach, the latter our
favourite transport, firstly with the West Midlands Police via Kneeler Hall to
Twickenham and also to Paris on occasions with Jean Nutt, plus Ethel on
occasions. We even sang, “Climbing up Sunshine Mountain” in the early evening in
Paris. We went to the first Six Nations in Rome, Italy v Scotland.
Amongst our adventures Peter had his wallet stolen on the Paris Metro, but had
it retrieved with the help of the railway staff. Then we met a white rabbit in a
Paris bar and bought him a drink. I leave it to your imagination, but it was
Throughout all this and all his life, Peter never said a bad word about anyone
and would help anyone who needed it. I would like to conclude by saying a big
thank you Peter, for all you have done and we know you will always be with us”.
The funeral was attended by well over 150 people with all sections of the club
represented and showing their respects. The mourners also included past players
such as current Stourbridge Director Rugby, Neil Mitchell, the media represented
by the Birmingham Post’s Brian Dick and many representatives from Peter’s other
varied activities. It was a fitting ceremony to a great clubman.