A WELL-KNOWN Stafford sportsman and businessman has been remembered by friends and family after his death aged 80.
Dick Wilton played for Stafford Hockey Club, becoming captain of the first team and later treasurer.
He was also a member of Brocton Golf Club from the early 1960s until his death last Wednesday and was captain in 1990 and president in 2004. He also served as treasurer for 16 years in the 1970s and 80s.
Mr Wilton had been ill since his birthday last July and had spent time in nursing homes and hospital.
After completing his national service in Egypt Mr Wilton became an accountant and spent nearly 20 years with the Staffordshire Newsletter as company secretary and financial director. He later became a self-employed accountant.
His son Mark said: “We knew he was a poorly man and there was no real cure. He was very active and a bit of a character.”
Lifelong friend Robert Tedstone said: “I miss him greatly. We had many golfing and family holidays with him. He was a great outdoor man and sportsman.”
Mr Wilton leaves a wife, Wendy, three children and three grandchildren.
His funeral will take place at 11.30am tomorrow at Stafford Crematorium.
The funeral took place on Tuesday of well-respected national athletics coach Dave Sutherland from Rugeley.
Mr Sutherland coached numerous medallists at major games, including former world indoor 800m record holder Jane Colebrook, Paul Davies-Hale and Spencer Duval.