Chris Gray

It is with deep sadness that I’m writing to convey the news that after his recent illness, Chris Gray passed away yesterday.  Chris, as all of us who were privileged to know him will testify, was one of the most generous and dedicated members of Radyr Lawn Tennis Club. 

Having joined the club back in the early eighties, he is the only person to have his name on all the honours boards for which he is eligible. On the court, he played for our highest teams, and won all the trophies available in club tournaments, and as recently as summer 2018, helping our 3rd team gain promotion.

Perhaps his most important contribution to the club was off court, where he was instrumental in pushing for the club to get the tiger turf courts, the increased floodlight provision, and of course the much appreciated clubhouse extension in 2012. Many members and visitors regularly comment on how lucky we are to have such a marvellous facility, and that precious ability to watch tennis from the bar on the nearby court which can be played on all year. The considerable and largely unseen work which he put in to make all that happen is something for which we should all be extremely grateful.

Over several years, Chris held several posts including that of Chairman, Mens Captain, and latterly unofficially the Thursday night curry organiser. Whether or not in an official post he has always been willing to contribute to the wellbeing of the club, and has been a regular source of valued advice to me in my time as Chairman. 

On a personal level, Chris has been a wonderful friend, and I have fond memories of being in a team with him which raised nearly £20,000 for the cancer charity Tenovus from a 3 Peaks Walk and a Radyr-Paris cycle ride. Chris’s generosity was also evident when he donated a minibus to a community school in Botswana, and you may remember RLTC members loading it with gifts back in 2017.

Thank you Chris, some people are irreplaceable, and you were one of them. The club will forever be grateful for all you have done, and may you Rest In Peace, knowing that your legacy at Radyr LTC will be appreciated for a very long time. 

Chris was always a great family man, and Angela, Jez and Adrian all also made their own significant contributions to the club, whether as Ladies Captain, or Junior Captain, or volunteering in so many other ways. In these coming months our thoughts and best wishes are with Angela and the Gray family.

Angela has requested no calls to the house to respect the family’s privacy, and no flowers at this time.  The Club flag will be flown at half-mast.