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In loving memory of Colin Senior who sadly passed away on 4th January 2021:
Colin Senior was born on the 19th of August 1936 in Leeds, to Charlie and Mary, eventually joined by sisters Ann and Barbara. He left school with no formal qualifications to complete an apprenticeship in automotive engineering, immediately followed by 2 years of National Service in the REME.
His life changed forever – generally acknowledged as for the better – when he met and married June. Within 3 years they were a family of four living in Wakefield, and their line has (so far) produced 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. His DNA lives on.
Aside from his family, Colin had 2 abiding passions:
Firstly, rugby. Union. His playing days were cut short by a broken leg. To compound the actual fracture (pun intended) it triggered a lifelong playing ban from the RFU, having occurred during … a professional game of rugby league. In the 1960s, few crimes were considered more heinous by the establishment! But such a technicality was not about to dampen Colin’s love for the game. He promptly turned his hand to refereeing and went on to officiate to a high standard for 30 years. And the passion didn’t end when he had to hang up his whistle: it went on for 20 more years in the role of RFU coach and assessor.
The second passion was the RNLI – saving lives at sea. Although you don’t see that many lifeboats in Wakefield, he and June managed to raise a small fortune for the charity over many, many years – a feat made all the more remarkable by the fact that much of that revenue had previously nestled contentedly in the notoriously deep pockets of Yorkshiremen.
Goodbye Colin, and thank you for everything.