With great sadness we wish to inform all the rugby Community in Hampshire that Peter Cunningham passed away early this morning.

Peter had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, was in hospital for about ten days recently and had only just been transferred to a nursing home.


He was a great servant to Hampshire RURS and the Royal Navy Referees Society. Many players will remember Peter with his courtesy and cheerful manner, delivering his decisions with humour and sincerity.

Many older members will recall he was capped by the Royal Navy at full back and was a life long member of Gosport & Fareham RFC.


His funeral and memorial service will be held in Gosport on 10th January. You are very welcome to join us at 1400 in St Mary’s Church Alverstoke . As a strong committed Christian he requested his male friends "no black ties - just happy ties” for the service to commemorate his life. I regret we will have to make attendance at the Crematorium “by invitation only” for very close friends.


You may see in the press it is “No flowers please but donations to Christian Concern in his memory” . They are at 70 Wimpole St London W1G 8AX or via the Funeral directors- Solent Funeral Services . An opportunity to make a suitable donation will also be available on the day.


Please tell your circle of friends who would wish to be advised of this service. After the service, which we expect to be very well attended by his many many friends, refreshments will be offered locally but I would be more than grateful if you can tell us if you propose to stay after the service. The church can seat many hundreds so space is not an issue - we will just need to know if you will be able to stay with us after the service so adequate catering arrangements can be made.


If you are able to join us AFTER the service please e mail Trevor Robotham who has kindly volunteered to look after this part of the arrangements. He is at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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