25 May 2011

John Pope

We have today learnt of the sudden passing of John Pope who had been associated with the Club and the Supporters Club for a number of years. John was the Club's groundsman for a number of years before taking on the role of Treasurer to the Supporters' Club.

Well known throughout Cornwall, not just for his sporting prowess but also as the Mayor of his beloved Camborne. He had represented the Town on Cornwall County Council and the former Kerrier District Council. John was a well respected Member of the community, known for his plain speaking and wicked sense of humour.

On the sporting scene, after retiring from playing football, John took up the whistle and was to become one of the leading Referees in the County, officiating at a number of County Finals, along with matches in the various FA Competitions.  After retiring from refereeing, John became a valued Member of Cornwall County Football Association. One of John's proudest moments in football was when he witnessed his son, Ross, take to the field at the New Wembley during Truro City's famous FA Vase victory. John's other sporting love was cricket and he was groundsman at Camborne Cricket Club for a number of years. 

A true gentleman who will be sadly missed but forever remembered.

Many thanks to Ian Anear for writing this obituary.

(Funeral arrangements are as follows: Friday 3rd June, 10.30am, Camborne Church.)

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