Ilkeston’s Trinity Amateur Boxing Club are in mourning after the death of one its founders.
After a short illness, John Rafferty passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday morning, April 1, aged 85.
After a boxing career representing several local clubs and the army, John turned to coaching in the late sixties and in December 1975 was proud to open his own club with the help of his brother Daniel in his home town of Ilkeston.
Over many years he was responsible for the sucess of many local boxers and earned a reputation within the sport and the Ilkeston community as a determined and dedicated man who would always try to get the best from his boxers regardless of ability.
Current Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “Everyone would get the opportunity provided they were prepared to put in the effort. He was a hard task master but this earned him tremendous respect from his boxers and their families as they often went on to achieve more than they had dared to hope for.”
In later years John took a back seat but always followed the fortunes of the club with pride and pleasure and the legacy he has left to the town is still thriving today.
John’s funeral will take place on Wednesday, April 13 at Our Lady & St Thomas Catholic Church at 2.30pm followed by cremation at Bramcote Crematorium and a reception at Gladstone Lodge on Market Street.