Michael Titchmarsh

The following obituary first appeared in the June 1985 issue of the Orwell Bulletin

By Cliff Bullen

With the passing of Michael Titchmarsh the village has been stunned and shocked and no words of mine can describe the pain and suffering that has befallen his wife and family by their tragic loss.

One will, however, attempt to show what the loss will mean to the Football Club and to the game at local level.

He was held in great esteem

Michael made his first contact with the club as a player but a promising career was held back, by having the misfortune to break his leg on the field of play not once but twice. He had by now become a committee member and, after the second set-back, he took on still more administration including the duties of linesman. His next step was to take on the office of Club Secretary, a position he carried out so efficiently during the last fourteen years. One of his greatest assets was having the personalty to lead and convince people that they should do what ever was needed to assist the club, be it playing, helping on the ground, attending the Annual Dinner, becoming a Vice-President or a Club Member or selling raffle tickets. His requests sometimes became demands, but put in such a way that one could not refuse. He was held in great esteem by other Club Secretaries and Cambridgeshire Football Association Officers, which were borne out by the enquiries that were made to me when the extent of his illness became known and again after his passing, with requests to be informed, if they could help in any way.

a friendship that I treasured

On a personal note – by the fact that we both held office in the club, we met from time to time and, from those meetings, grew a friendship  that I treasured greatly and find it difficult to express the sadness with which I am left after having the friendship taken so suddenly away.

To maintain a perpetual memory to one who has done so much, the Orwell Football Club must carry on where he left off and try to follow the example and standard he set e.g. “Service before Self”.

On behalf of the club, I would like to extend to his wife Susan and her young family our sincere and deepest sympathy and can only trust that the years which they spent together will give them strength to face the future. They can be assured that they will always be very much in our thoughts.

Time has a strange way of dimming our memories but I am sure that in the future, wherever Orwell Football Club is spoken of, the name of Michael Titchmarsh will be mentioned. How could a sportsman of his standing ever be forgotten?

C. D. Bullen - President, Orwell Football Club

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