Tribute to Robert Darby

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of former club member Robert Darby.

He came to fencing initially as a parent, with his son Dan learning to fence at Three Rivers Young Blades (now FCL Herts), later joining the TRYB Committee with wife Nicki, where he became the club armourer before taking up the sport himself after a parent’s taster session and subsequent beginner’s course at WFC. He went on to win the best placed novice trophy at our annual club championships in 2015, making many friends at the club in the process and the whole family were often to be seen together supporting Rob and Dan at events in Herts and further afield.

Rob took up the challenge of helping with the WFC armoury and co-ordinating repairs with Steve Hyman for a short time before moving away from the area with his family.

For those that got to know him his mischievous smile and warm personality will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Nicki and children Dan and Lucia.

The funeral will take place on Friday 17th March at 3pm at St Mary’s Church, Great Warley, Brentwood. Then on to De Rougemont Manor Hotel in Great Warley.

For anyone wishing to make a donation either personally or through the club the details are below:

Cancer Treatment and Research Trust. Dr Paul Nathan – consultant oncologist in kidney research.

Donations to funeral director at T M Newman & sons, 166 Balgores Lane, Gidea Park, Romford, Essex RM2 6BS