It is with deep sadness that we share the news that a true ‘legend’ of Blaydon Rugby Football Club, John ‘Gypsy’ Davidson, passed away on Sunday 4th October following a period of illness.
‘Gypsy’ – as everyone knew him – represented Blaydon Rugby Club superbly in many ways…
As a player… he played at every level and in many different positions for the club. He was a skilful, tenacious and energetic competitor who loved the game and all its camaraderie.
As both an official and volunteer… Gypsy was always willing to lend a hand to the many projects and events at Blaydon RFC. His considerable experience, knowledge and skills were always valuable and very much appreciated. In later years he was closely involved in the club in a key role as groundsman and was also very proud to be a founding member of our supporters association ‘The Stoned Crows’. The ‘mob’ will miss him greatly.
As a club member… Gypsy was always there – mixing and interacting with club members and visitors. Always a welcoming ‘face’ and always with a ready smile. Full of fun and humour yet also full of advice, opinion and a sage word. Ready to talk on almost any subject and always ready to play a practical joke – especially on his close mates ‘Stag’ and ‘Dancing Davy’.
John ‘Gypsy’ Davidson was a lovely man, a great bloke and a great human being. Not many would know about his work with the Young Offenders Scheme and how he tried hard to give some young people an opportunity to regain respect and develop some skills in work placements. He was always ready to help out those who needed or wanted a helping hand. He was a man of many facets and it is certain that, as individuals, we will all have our own memories of Gypsy and his infectious smile!
Our thoughts at this time are with Susan and their immediate family, along with his brother Maurice and other members of the Davidson family – many of whom have close links with Blaydon RFC.
RIP Gypsy. You will be greatly missed and long remembered by all who knew you!
Further information and details will be posted as they become available.