Tributes paid to Founder Member Bernard 'Bunny' Walker (1926 - 2015)

28th March 2015

Tributes paid to Founder Member Bernard 'Bunny' Walker (1926 - 2015)

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of one of the six Founder Members, Bunny Walker. Bunny died in a nursing home on 15th March at the age of 89 after suffering from Alzheimer’s for the past eight years.

Bunny’s first contact with some of the other Founder Members was when they met at Princess Risborough Agricultural College when, during a break, Fred Hallows and Glyn Jones started to pass a rugby ball around. This was noted by Bunny who was involved with a round ball and got involved and was bitten by the rugby bug. More importantly, Bunny eventually became a Founder in January 1950 when Grasshoppers was formed in the White Heart in Acton.

Bunny started his rugby career as a scrum half but also covered may other positions and is depicted in the picture when the six founders gathered to celebrate the Club’s 30th Anniversary along with; Ray Robbins, Fred and Gordon Hallows, Glyn Jones and Eric Davies.

Club Chairman, Gary Cunningham, when toasting Bunny’s memory said: "all current Grasshoppers should reflect on the massive role all the Founders had in forming Grasshoppers and that like them we are simply the current custodians ready to pass the baton onto future Grasshoppers”.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bunny's family, especially his wife Joyce.

The funeral will be held on Monday 13th April at Christchurch Cemetery, Jumpers Avenue, Christchurch, Dorset.

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