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It is with deepest sadness that we record the sudden death of Ivan Hrupec in his 66th year, our great friend, the hockey official, the former International Umpire of the FIH grade, the hockey player and the member of the HK Zelina as the good ghost for the many generations.

Our sincere sympathy is extended to his family and HK Zelina and is always with them. The funeral ceremony was held at the Saint John Zelina cemetery on Saturday 5th May 2012. Many friends and relatives had been united in that mournful procession.

Thanks to Ivan for everything that he had done for our sport.

Source: Croatian Hockey Federation

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Cyril Francis Dashwood. 1925-2012.

Farewell to the man who kept England Hockey afloat

Cyril Dashwood, the man who stepped in to sort out the Hockey Association finances when they nearly went bankrupt, died on 25 April 2012 at the age of 87.

A chartered accountant, he became Hon Treasurer of the (English) Hockey Association in1983, served until 1992 and helped set up the National Hockey Centre and the National Hockey Foundation for the control of the National Stadium at Milton Keynes..

He firstly played his club hockey with Slough HC before moving on to join Richmond HC in 1953.  Selection for Buckinghamshire came in 1947 where he joined his older brother Bobby in the team.

His interest in hockey continued in his roles as Treasurer of Bucks CHA through most of the 1960’s and then it’s county President; Treasurer of the South division and also a  South selector.

Later he became a director of the National Hockey Centre (NHC) and the National Hockey Foundation (NHF) which he chaired for one year ; these being for the new hockey stadium at Milton Keynes. He was justly proud that he was responsible for the setting up of the NHC as a trading company and the NHF as a charity thus saving hockey many thousands of pounds in taxes.

He died peacefully on a London underground train while on his way home from a half yearly get together with his former business partners which he always described  as “liquid luncheons”.

His funeral will take place at St Mary’s, (old) Amersham on Wednesday May 9 at 3pm.

Source:Robin Elliott, former HA president