It is with much sadness that Maidenhead RFC have announced the passing of Club and county stalwart David Perry this week following a short illness. David was truly one of rugby's good guys, and will be sorely missed and remembered most fondly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him - as testified by the many messages of sympathy sent. The common theme has been "what a nice guy" he was.
As Maidenhead RFC Club Secretary and long serving committee member, Dave was a well-known character on the Berkshire rugby scene. He represented both with huge pride and passion. He was also his club's disciplinary representative and has always carried out his multitude of duties with the utmost care and diligence. He was, quite simply, a very 'safe pair of hands' with anything for which he took responsibility.
David's local rugby knowledge was wide, as you would expect from someone who passionately followed his club the length and breadth of the south west of England each weekend. His support was unstinting and yet, whether winning or losing, he always maintained a sense of perspective and decorum, and was never anything other than complimentary about home or opposing players and club members alike. A true rugby gent!
Prior to his illness, Dave would be at his beloved Maidenhead RFC every Tuesday and Thursday to cast his eye over training, chat with players, and to discuss club matters over a quiet beer. He was known to say, "I love coming down the rugby club. After a day working as a serious banker, it gives me the chance to have a pint and talk total bollocks with my mates."
It goes without saying that David will be sorely missed, and sincere condolences go out from Berkshire RFU to David's wife Janet and the family.
Rest in peace David.
Updated 8th January 2018