13 October 2022 / Club News

Tribute to Rick Stone

Richard John Miller Stone - affectionately known as Rick, sadly passed away on 29th September, aged 70.

He was born in Kingston upon Thames, and at the age of 21 he decided to accept the offer of a job as a Farm Manager and subsequently moved to Carmarthen in 1973. He settled in the town, and later trained as a car mechanic at the former Howells Garage. Some years later, he ventured into business as an excellent self employed mechanic. His mechanical knowledge was second to none and he proved to be a first class and reliable workman. 

At the time of setting down roots in the area he started playing for the Druids & 1st XV's. He proved to be a no nonsense, robust back rower who loved the rough & tumble of the game. He also adapted to play in the front row as a prop forward. Rick's droll sense of humour proved to be very popular with fellow players and other Athletic Members throughout his entire career in the Red & Black shirt. In a humourous and dignified eulogy given by former Athletic hooker Ian Stone at the recently held funeral service, he summed up Rick perfectly with carefully recalled anecdotes.

One such story brought hilarity to the congregation: During the second Welsh Rugby 'Golden Era' in the 70's, England were more often than not, battered by a rampant Welsh Team, but at the start of the new decade, things changed. In 1980, Bill Beaumont led England to a Five Nations Grand Slam. Being a proud Englishman, Rick waltzed into the packed Friars Park Clubhouse when the 'old enemies' next played, wearing an England shirt with 'Grand Slam' 1980 embroidered below the red rose! Much banter ensued and Rick loved it! 

Another amazing fact about Rick, was that he actually played a game of rugby on the day of his wedding  to Lynette, because it was a cup game! That's what you call dedication to the cause (and a very tolerant young bride). 

In 2007, Rick and his family received the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with Luekemia. Given a matter of months to survive, it is testimony to the grit, strength & determination of the man to battle his illness for 15 years. Rick met every life challenge head on, whether on or off the field, and all while remaining a thoroughly decent guy. He will be much missed by us all.

Our condolences & thoughts are with Lynette, daughters Rachel & Nia, Grandchildren Gwen, Morgan, Carys, Ava & Harry and the wider family.

Photo: Great memories - The Druids XV, circa 1978 with Rick standing, third from the right. 




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