Terry O’Brien, who died at the end of September aged 87 was a long-time supporter of Esher Rugby Club and had been honoured with a Vice-Presidency for his length of service as a supporter.
Terry lived in Walton-on-Thames for most of his life with his wife Beryl, who rowed for Weybridge Ladies and met Terry at a Regatta. Rowing was Terry’s main sport although working at BP led him to play cricket for Meadhurst.
As his active sporting days came to an end Terry started supporting Esher Rugby in the mid-1960s, beginning a 50 year association which involved him travelling with the team to away matches all over the country, for most of the time with his good friend and fellow Vice-President Gareth Fox. In the late 1980’s Terry and Gareth were 50% of the travelling support for each match and having their support and engagement with the team on long trips was memorable.
As Esher rose up the League ladder and travelled farther afield so Terry and Gareth came with the team until the last few years when illness took its toll. Terry kept on attending Esher home matches until late in the 2015/16 season when illness finally stopped him attending. Gareth, John and Gill had looked after him and made sure he was well cared for at Esher.
Terry was a passionate supporter of Esher and was able to provide kind words and positivity regardless of the results. Many a coach found a quiet word with him uplifting after difficult results. That passion continued to his funeral where his Esher scarf was carried by his relatives as they, and a large congregation of family and friends gave thanks for a well-lived life.
RIP Terry, we will miss you.