Des Morris, HGFC Life Member and Former Treasurer, and dedicated Supporter, died at 4pm on Sunday afternoon.
He had been getting steadily weaker for the last two months, in consequence of the illness
that was first diagnosed a couple of years ago. He leaves a widow, Eddie (Edwina), two sons, and two granddaughters.
Holmer Green FC offers its sincere condolences to the Morris family at this sad time.
Des had been ill for some time, especially over the last two months in which his condition seriously deteriorated.
Des’ Cremation will take place at
Amersham Crematorium, Milton Chapel
On Monday 15th January 2018, 10.45am.
Family Flowers only, please.
Much welcome Donations to Ward 17, Stoke Mandeville Hospital,
via Beacon Funeral Services.
Afterwards at Potters Arms, Winchmore Hill.
He was originally from Winchmore Hill and Penn Street, but moved into Holmer Green while working at Equity and Law in Hazlemere. He spent some of his early childhood in Scotland, starting school at Laurieston in Falkirk. This led to a lifetime affinity with East Stirlingshire FC. The young Morris went on to attend Dr Challenor’s Grammar School in Amersham. Des became involved with Holmer Green FC over 30 years ago and was Honorary Treasurer during the very important time when we moved from the fairly local Chiltonian League into the national Non-League Pyramid. Firstly in the The South Midlands League and later The Spartan South Midlands Football League.
On taking early retirement, the Football Club was a big beneficiary of his extended leisure time. Not only has he done much work on the ground, but he has also assisted
greatly in the preparation of our Matchday Programme, keeping the Fixtures, League Tables, and Results pages up to date in a very accurate manner.
Another interest in his later years has been the researching of the Morris family history,
During which he found out previously unknown or hidden facts about the many local relations, and found family in Australia that was not generally known about. Visits, both to and from these antipodean cousins, followed.
Des met his wife Eddie (Edwina) while at Equity and Law, and they have two sons Phillip and David. Phillip and his wife have two daughters.
Des was very proud of the fact that he attended all the London games at the 1966 World Cup, investing in a “Season Ticket”. He was also one of the group of young men who - inspired by England’s success - started up St Johns FC, a club for Equity and Law’s employees which eventually took on the company name in the local league. Des was very active in Table Tennis locally, and built up a reputation as a player very difficult to beat. Indeed, he was still winning medals as recently as 2015.
The Football Club has lost a true and loyal supporter, whose family can rightly be proud of the great contribution he made to this Club.
Updated 14:17 - 15 Jan 2018 by John Anderson