It is with great sadness that the longest serving Crawshay member, Tom Baxter Wright, passed away over the weekend at the age of 89.

Tom first came involved in the club in 1959 when he was invited to play in a game, as a Newport RFC player, against Llandovery College; by 1965 he became a constant on Crawshay’s tours home and away, missing very few trips, and taking charge of the famous initiation ceremony. 

By 1981 he was the clubs’ Assistant Secretary, and continued to help, advise, and guide the club in any way he could through a busy and ever-changing period in the club’s history. As a result, he richly deserved becoming a Hon. Life Vice President putting him alongside fellow stalwarts of the club.

He was a true character of the club and will be fondly remembered by all for all sorts of reasons; commitment to the Crawshay’s spirit and standards, his introduction of Champagne to generations of Crawshay players on tour, his impeccable dress and manners. and for the constant drive to find somewhere to swim whenever we were on tour! 

They all added up to a fun guy to be around, a real asset to Crawshay’s Welsh RFC, and he will be greatly missed.

We will be sharing the arrangements for his funeral, and a celebration of his life, and I would ask you to get in touch with Club Chairman, Richard Brice, rugbyissues@yahoo.com for further information.

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