Tributes have been paid to a staunch supporter of cricket and rugby around Stroud.
Chris Partridge died on Saturday, aged just 58. Known by many as ‘Billy’, he was a key member of Frocester Cricket Club and Painswick RFC.
A dad-of-three, he lived in Minchinhampton and was the director of Partridge Homes (Cotswolds) Ltd.
“It is with great sadness that I have to report that our great friend Chris Partridge has died suddenly on Saturday, October 29 in a reunion veterans rugby game,” Frocester CC chairman John Evans posted on the club’s website.
“Chris or ‘Billy’ as we all knew him was a driving force in the design and project management of the new pavilion. He had been a long time player and official in the club and only last year captained the third XI.
“We will miss him terribly and our thoughts are with his children Will, Charlotte and Emma and his partner Jackie.”
Julian Mitchell, chairman of Painswick RFC, posted on the club’s Facebook page: “It is, with great sadness, that we have to announce that our club sponsor, former player, and friend to many – Chris “Billy” Partridge tragically passed away last Saturday at the age of 58.
“Chris was doing what he loved, playing sport – He was playing in a veterans match to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodrush RFC, a club that Chris played for when he lived and worked in the Birmingham area. “It appears that he suffered a heart attack “. Chris started playing rugby at Painswick at the age of 15 and was a member of the successful colts teams under the guidance of John Hogg, that were highly successful in county youth rugby in the following years.
“Chris, as club sponsor, was critical in the financial support of the club, but he was also very supportive of the playing management side. He offered sound words of advice and encouragement to us, as well as coming to watch and support the club when he was able. “He was also extremely well known as a cricketer, enjoying great success at Frocester Cricket Club, and again, offering support and guidance off the pitch. I have received messages of sympathy from committee and membership of Painswick Cricket Club, who, along with the committee and players of Painswick RFC, would like to express our sincere condolences to his children Will, Charlotte and Emma, and partner Jackie.”
A funeral date is not yet known.