MEMORIES OF A MAN OF STEELE

All of you at Hawcoat Park will be aware that we are fast approaching the first anniversary of Jims tragic death, I would like to thank all the players and their wives for the support that you all have given to Wendy this year. Although it will take time to come to terms with the death of Jim she is a strong  woman, who takes one day at a time taking the good days with the bad and with the continued support of you all will still try to be an active part of the club. Personally and as a family as a whole Jims tragic death has left a big void in our lives and we will never forget the "legend" either as a family man or a dedicated sportsman that you all knew, and I know that Jim would be proud of Peter pulling on the shirt regularly for the first 15. 

I Know all at the club will be thinking of Jim as I have today as a year ago he had the first attack and seemed to be given a  " second chance" unfortunately it wasn't to be and we have lost a great man.  

Please can you post this message on the club page so that all members and players past and present can post a tribute to the "MAN OF STEELE"

Tim Hutchings, brother-in-law, 5th February 2012

 

I still have Jim on my Facebook list of Friends, and my phone’s list of contacts. They’ll stay there! He’s been a friend for decades, always happy to provide “an ear to chew” and share a craic.

Big Man, even bigger heart.

Always in my thoughts. RIP Jim.

Bill Strickland

 

I only knew the “MAN OF STEELE” for a brief moment but it was an honour to have known Jim and play alongside him for the mighty Hawcoat Park.

He put a lot of time and effort into the club and was always there when needed. You can tell that a big asset to the club has been lost but will never be forgotten.

Rest In Peace Jim

Jay Crowe  

 

It’s hard not to smile when I think of all the goods times I had in your company.  Although a late starter at Vickers Rugby that time was special. I’m glad to have been one of your mates. You may have left this life early but you will never be forgotten.  

Mark Fitzgerald

 

This is from one of the guys working down here who worked with Jim and I a few years back. Totally unsolicited, If nothing else it shows that he was well thought of by his colleagues, so much so that they will toast his memory 1 year on. I can honestly say that I can’t remember any one else being held in such esteem. It’s only a small thing but it just goes to reinforce everything that’s been said.

Kind regards, Andy McNamee

Just to let you know mi old cock sparra, Having a beer or 2 tonight over at Cahills in Paddington with a few lads from WP’s and CB&I in memory of Jim. It’s the nearest date to the 12th I suppose.

Cheers

Alan Swann , PDMS Designer , AMEC Oil and Gas

 

My tribute the last joke he sent me. Still got it, won’t delete it.

Macca 

A blonde gets a job as a physical education teacher of 16 year olds. 

She notices a boy in the field standing alone at one end of the field, while all the other kids are running around at the other end having fun. 

She takes pity on him and decides to speak to him.

"You ok sweetheart?" she says.

"Yes Miss" he replies.

"You can go and play with the other kids if you want" she says.

"It's best I stay here Miss. " he says.

"Why?" asks the blonde.

The boy replies: "Because I'm the f***ing goal keeper"

 

As Fitzy said, Can't remember not having a smile on my face when in Jim's company, nor having a smile on my face when I talk about him.

We were lucky he was part of our lives.

And I will never forget the line " the best kid juggler I ever saw" even better at that than rugby in my opinion.

Still alive in our hearts and minds.

Ciaran Trainor

 

No one could ever, or want to, forget Jim’s big heart and equally big smile.

Still in our thoughts Jimbo.

John Edmond  

We always remember Jim with a smile because whenever you were in his company you knew you were going to have a good time.  Honoured to have shared those happy times - Twickenham, camping, Saturdays at the club and often in our thoughts.


Grant, Carol, Sarah & Hannah

 

Jim was a true gent. He was a man who seemed to relish any role he took on, be it knocking someone into next week with a tackle or wearing a pinny to do the washing up! We are honoured to have spent time in his company. Always missed, never forgotten.

Carole Fitzgerald  

 

I'll always remember the first time I met Jim Steele, he was on the bottom pitch leading a training session for some of the youngsters. The trademark grin, cheery disposition and a hint of mischief in his eyes. He had the lads laughing throughout the game of rugby-soccer, priceless. He welcomed me instantly and I never forgot it.

I only knew Jim for 6 years, and I wish I had spent more time in his presence. We had trips away with the 1st team, camping at Walney and an unforgettable Quiz Night when he regaled me with his knowledge of the Harry Potter books which I also know inside out. It was always a good time when Jim was around.

Like everyone else I miss his company, but I often think of him and smile. His Legacy at the Club is there for all to see in the lads coming through, and in the hospitality offered to guests old and new. A truly great man, never to be forgotten.

Mark Harper


Tributes to a Great Man

Club legend Jim Steele passed away on Saturday 12th February 2011. All at Hawcoat Park send their love and support to Wendy, Peter, Heidi, Michael and Richard.

Many people have sent messages to club members that we thought should be shared with all so we are listing them below. If you would like to add a message please send to cafbaeb@tesco.net

 

The North West Evening Mail have a tribute page which you can view by clicking HERE

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A numbness hit Hawcoat Park Rugby Club on Saturday afternoon when the news was received that our great friend and team mate Jim Steele had suffered a set back in his recovery from a heart attack and had passed away at Furness
General Hospital.

Jim's circa 40 year connection to our club is unique and will never ever be emulated, 760 first team games alone and numerous other second team games, either side of his illustrious first team career, means he has pulled on his beloved maroon and white over 1000 times.

Jim was respected by every one of the opposing players he came up against. Hard as nails he never ever took one backward step on a rugby pitch and whilst his game was built around physical running and defence he never ever
did anything underhand, but woe betide any opponent who did manage anything 'dirty' against one of his younger team mates as Jim always took it upon himself to protect lads finding their way in the game.

After a hard game of rugby Jim enjoyed nothing better than sharing a Guinness with the opponents and catching up.

Leaving his rugby performance to one side Jim and his family were at the heartbeat of everything that is good about our family club and he will be remembered as a true gentleman and friend, there is no doubting there are a lot of lads whose lives have been enriched through knowing Jim Steele.

I do not think you can have a better accolade in any team sport than to have all younger team mates referring to you as 'legend' and there can be no more fitting tribute as that really is the case.

If you were to ask anyone at this rugby club they would tell you they were proud to have known and had Jim in their lives and he will truly never be forgotten.

Jim is from a large family but this rugby club is part of his extended family and we have lost a 'family' member.  Whilst we hurt as a club the thoughts of everyone involved go out to Jim's family, especially his wife Wendy and children Peter, Heidi, Michael and Richard at this extremely sad time.

John Horne - Chairman
For and on behalf of everyone at Hawcoat Park Rugby Union  

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To All Jim Steele’s Many Friends

On behalf of Jim’s family I would like to express our deepest thanks to all the messages of sympathy people have left for my Dad. The heartfelt messages have brought a great comfort to my family expressing how Jim was held in such high regard. The many family memories we have of being with Dad up at the club will be cherished forever. To lose our Dad so suddenly was a great shock to all of us but we know he will be forever in everyone’s hearts.

So from the bottom of our hearts Thank You.

Heidi

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HAWCOAT PARK A 19th FEBRUARY 2011

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Just found out today, as I took my son to play football at Hawcoat Park about Jimmy's passing. As I have put on facebook, Jimmy was definitely the hardest and fairest opponent I ever faced, in 25 years of playing rugby for Millom RUFC. Jimmy will be a massive loss to all who knew him and the game will be poorer for his passing, but better for having been graced by him. God bless Jimmy, sleep well lad!

Slu Clarke,

Millom RUFC 1982-2007

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I had the pleasure of working with Jim, during his time at WorleyParsons, in London.

It was a pleasure to know Jim, nothing was too much trouble for him, he was a true gent who will be sadly missed.

My thoughts and best wishes go to Jims wife & family,

Paul mason

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Very sad news, thinking of you all.
Kev Cassley

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Hello All , Please let us add our sincere commiserations

  Graham and Sue Kane , Hua Hin,  Thailand

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Please pass on my deepest condolences to Jim’s family and friends on the tragic passing of Vickers RUFC greatest servant and a once in a life time character.

I know he won’t mind me saying this, but the first I heard was Sunday morning 13/02/11 Brisbane time when an obviously emotional and incoherent message was left on my answering machine by my great mate Bill WHITE.  I knew something terrible had happened but had to ring back to find out exactly what it was. I’m just glad I was sat down when he told me.  I am still trying to come to terms with it as I am sure are most people at the club.

Besides being an awesome footballer who could have played at a far higher level should he have chosen, Jim was a true gentleman who loved life, his family and friends and the Vickers Club. He was no saint but you could not help but love and admire him for the genuine and loyal bloke that he was.

Jim was generous with his time and always had time for everybody.  His enthusiasm for the game and the club knew no bounds, his record speaks for itself. Forgive me for feeling nostalgic but it is hard not to be at a time like this.

I could always count on three things from Jim STEELE on my trips back to Barrow.  The first was, he would always ask me the same question when I went up the club “Have you got your boots with you?” as to him it was probably unimaginable that a person would want to stop playing before he reached 70 years old.

The second was his big laugh and smile following the inevitable answer which was usually unrepeatable in this type of format but along the lines of “No Jim, I’m never going to make the Guinness Book of Records but you probably will, I really have retired from playing !!”

The third was he would always buy you a whisky chaser to accompany whatever beer you may be drinking at the time.

I consider myself fortunate to have played with and against some cracking players both in the UK and here in Oz.  Jim was right up there as one of the very best, tough, direct and uncompromising, no quarter asked and certainly none given.  The type of player who you were glad was on your side and not the opposition.  He never ever resorted to “cheap shots”   

I’m proud to say I knew Jim STEELE.

I miss him, we all will miss him but he will never be forgotten.

God Bless you Jim.

Karl DODD

Brisbane

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On behalf of Hawcoat Park cricket section we extend our sympathies to the family and to the rugby section. He will be sorely missed around the club both on and off the pitch. It was our AGM tonight and the lads wanted to observe a minutes silence.

Regards Craig Barrass (Chairman)

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I had the pleasure of working with Jim on a couple of occasions, the most memorable in Glasgow on the Kinniel project. He was always an inspiration, a joker and a really good guy. I know he will be greatly missed by all those he touched in his life.

Deepest sympathy

Tony Burgess

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I've been working with Jim in London and to say he'll be sadly missed doesn't seem to do him justice.

Thanks Lad and God bless

Colin Slinger (London)

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To Jim's family and friends.

I had the great pleasure of opposing Jim on a rugby pitch for the last 25 years. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. A legend is a word to easily used but it befits Jim in every way. I will miss the glint in his eye when he thinks he got one over on you and his friendship and camaraderie will be a great loss to everyone who ever met Jim.

I could go on and on but I envy those that played with Jim and had the pleasure of his company every Saturday evening.

I shall miss him greatly and condolences to his family and friends.

Mike Gregg Windermere and Ambleside Rugby Clubs.

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He's a sad loss to us all. A pleasure to be on the same pitch with him even though I had with the whistle & he had the knowing smile.

Mike Kittley

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So sorry to hear the news, he will be a big miss to all

Dan Shovelton

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  I am SO sad to hear about Jim. My condolences to his family and all at Vickers
  Gary Walkden

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Tragic news,

I only saw him a couple of weeks ago on Preston Station. 

Rick Scott

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Really upsetting news, Jim was a great bloke.

Regards, Steve Holmes

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I had heard through some friends of mine in Barrow
Can I offer my deepest condolences, a great man of rugby Jim will be missed
Martin Plummer

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A great loss 

Neil Carruthers

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Many shocked on this contract for the very well liked Jim who was a true gentleman. Condolences to his family.

Mike

Mike Walsh
Verification Engineer
WorleyParsons London

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Could you please pass on our deepest condolences to the family of Jim and all those at Hawcoat Park from everyone at Tyldesley RUFC. On many trips up to Vickers over the years one of our keenest talking points would be whether “Big Jim” would be playing for you and our likelihood of success if he was.

I guess that is where the LEGEND tag gets more emphasis when other clubs talk about you before the game!

Not only a great loss to his family and Hawcoat Park but to the game of Rugby Union as a whole.

Deepest sympathy

Howard Hughes

Tyldesley RUFC

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Very sad to hear this from the Tarleton Rugby Club perspective. I hadn't appreciated just how well known Jim was until I was talking with other members of the club and they recall him playing for Vickers/Hawcoat many years ago.  To have got in 850 appearances, he clearly was playing for a long time.

On behalf of Tarleton Rugby Club, please accept our condolences.  It is a sad loss.

Regards,

Jonathan

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Just a quick email to pass on our condolences from all at Carnforth Rugby Club for the loss of the legend Jim Steele - not only will he be missed by Hawcoat Park – I’m sure the whole of Cumbria and the North West have lost a true rugby great.

We know what it is like to lose a player of such high esteem and it is difficult but knowing the Hawcoat club I am sure you will all pull together.

Once again please pass our best regards to the family of Jim and also to the Hawcoat Park players, officials and supporters.

Best regards

Alan
Carnforth RUFC

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