Former Sandal RU player dies

Kevin Oldroyd, front row third from right, in his rugby-playing days.

Kevin Oldroyd, front row third from right, in his rugby-playing days.

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A family man who was well-known for his time as a player for Sandal and Wakefield Rugby Union clubs has died.

Kevin Oldroyd, who joined Sandal RUFC in the early 1960s, died on Friday, May 16, aged 69, after a battle with cancer.

Today former players who knew him at the club will be among mourners at a funeral near Mr Oldroyd’s home in Colchester.

Mr Oldroyd grew up in Sandal and was educated at Wakefield’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

He played rugby union with his brother Keith at Sandal and later at Wakefield Rugby Club.

Keith Oldroyd, 73, of Sandal, said: “He played at centre on the wing. I was an inside fly-half.

“Kevin was a good family man and quite a snappy dresser who liked to wear a trilby hat.

“Quite a few people will be going to the funeral who played with Kevin or know him while he was playing.”

Mr Oldroyd, who worked in insurance, then computer software, is survived by his wife Gaynor, daughters Kate Oldroyd and Elizabeth Thayer, and granddaughter Lola Thayer.

Mr Oldroyd and Gaynor first met in the 1960s as teenagers when Mr Oldroyd was playing for Sandal.

After getting engaged, the couple separated, but they were reunited around 30 years later.

They had been married for almost 10 years when Mr Oldroyd died.

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