Tributes pour in for a true Trinity great

A FORMER Wakefield Trinity and Great Britain player has died after losing his long fight against cancer.

Frank Mortimer, 77, died in St James Hospital in Leeds last Wednesday.

Mr Mortimer, of Wakefield Road, Streethouse, played rugby for Trinity between 1951 and 1959.

He was a full back and centre and played 174 games, scoring 33 tries and kicking 378 goals for the Belle Vue club.

His son, Andrew, 50, said: “My dad was a very modest and quiet man and didn’t speak a lot about his career. But I know he played for Great Britain and Yorkshire and we still have all his caps and medals.

“We are extremely proud of everything he has achieved. Everyone who knew him liked him and he was one of those characters that you could just depend on.”

As a youngster Mr Mortimer played rugby for Streethouse before signing up with Trinity.

David Rush, 68, of Cow Lane, Sharlston, was a long-term friend of Mr Mortimer.

Mr Rush said: “Frank was a lovely man, I can’t remember ever hearing him swear or lose his temper.

“I used to live near him in Streethouse years ago and I remember going to watch him play rugby. He will be sadly missed.”

After his rugby career finished Mr Mortimer worked as a colliery surveyor at different pits around the district.

And he was also involved with Streethouse Cricket Club as secretary and was still helping out at the club until weeks before his death.

Mr Mortimer’s wife Colleen died in 2001. He leaves behind three children, Andrew, Mandy and Jason, and four grandchildren, Emma, Sarah, Joshua and Alex.

His funeral will be held at St Luke’s Church, Sharlston, on Monday at 10.30am.