John Carley, Past President of Kent Referees Society, RIP
It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that John Carley, a past president of the Society passed away yesterday morning after a period of illness. John fought his illness with energy and commitment. He took great pride in grandson Matt’s rise up the International referee ladder having accompanied him on his first steps on the long journey from local junior games.
Up until recently John was regularly seen at matches especially at his beloved Betteshanger (now Deal – Betteshanger) and always had a few words of advice and encouragement for the referee, sometimes blunt but always accurate. We were all pleased to see him at this year’s Finals day at Footscray. He was indeed well known and respected much wider than his beloved Kent. Tony Speadbury well remembers John’s assessment of him on his first exchange to the county from Somerset.
John was an active and highly regarded President of Kent County RFU from 1997 to 2000 and President of Kent Society of Rugby Football Union Referees from 1989 to 1992.