Milton Keynes rugby players joined more than 100 friends and family members on Stony Stratford High Street to remember John Silk on Friday morning.
The popular Milton Keynes RUFC president passed away at the age of 70 on February 24, and a funeral service was held at St Mary’s Church in Stony before the congregation moved on to Crownhill Crematorium.
While making their way down the High Street, some sang Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.
Players and friends left messages on the Milton Keynes RUFC website following the news of Silky’s passing, including:
“John has always been around and gave support to anybody who needed it. He was always willing to help, give advice and encouragement. He will be greatly missed.”
“What a true gentleman and a fun person to be with. Rugby was his life, especially his love for Milton Keynes Rugby Club. The amount of effort ‘Silky put in to our club with his passionate enthusiasm and energy will never be forgotten. Silky, we love you and you will be greatly missed greatly.”
“I was very unfortunate to have only known Mr John Silk (Silky) for only a short time, compared to many people. However, that did not stop me admiring the man for his passion, enthusiasm and most of all his ability to bring any and everyone in to the family of the MKRUFC, and make them feel part of something truly great. There are and always will be some very big shoes to fill at this club.”
“My sincere condolences to Ann and family. I had the privilege of playing in the same team as Silky on many occasions in the 1960s at Sudbury Court RFC (Wembley) before John moved to Milton Keynes and then against him for Sudbury at MK in the early 70s. Truly a great rugby man and gentleman who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him – a huge loss.”
“I was fortunate to have known John following his arrival in Milton Keynes for many years, both on and off the field. Always a gentleman and a true rugby man through and through. John worked tirelessly for the cause and will be greatly missed.”