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Farewell to Stephen Thomas Sayer

26 Mar 2018

8 July 1945 to 14 March 2018


Farewell to Stephen Thomas Sayer

Stephen was born on 8th July 1945 and died, after a very long battle with prostate cancer, on 14th March 2018.

He and his old friend Oliver Everett found themselves living near Haileybury in the late 1960s. They persuaded the school and, encouraged by Peter Ellis, started playing regularly with the school pairs.

Next was Real Tennis; Stephen joined Hatfield and by the early '70s was playing in their matches and providing hospitality at their home games. This was prior to the Club Room and Club catering. His enthusiasm spread and was a major factor in the Club forming and becoming the success it is today.

Even when he and Aileen re-located to Oman to open his Company's office there, his enthusiasm was such that hospital appointments back in U.K. always seemed to co-incident with a Club game and he invariably played in the Strawson, the Jesters start-of-season fixture.

Stephen had a very special gift of making friends and keeping in touch with them. A very generous host whether in Hatfield, Fulham, Oman, Italy, New South Wales, and this past year in Chiswick. We mourn him deeply and send our deepest sympathies to Aileen, Edward and Harriet and the other members of his family.

There will be a private family funeral. The Service of Remembrance will be held at 2.30 at Southwark Cathedral on 5th June 2018.

 


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