Dewsbury Rams is sad to announce the death of fromer club chaplain Chris Battye, he passed away on Friday 22nd June.

A message was read out at the last home game, saying: “Chris Battye was a passionate man.  He was passionate about his family, passionate about his faith and passionate about his rugby league, especially the Rams.  He was more than a fan, he was the club’s chaplain, with a responsibility for Player Welfare, caring for the club’s players, its managers and coaching team, its volunteers and supporters.  He was well-known and well-loved and will be sadly missed from his seat in the North Stand.” 

Shortly before his death he wrote a new poem (writing was another passion he had), a poem which included these timely words:

Precious, precious moments – wonderful memories.

So, now in closing,

Living memory

Of asking Jesus to be my Saviour

Now and for eternity.

Of the times He’s helped me through all the struggles of my life,

Bringing healing, love and forgiveness – Peace amidst all the strife.

Yes, remembering – also looking forward too.

Counting all His many blessings and all He’s done for me.

We thank Chris for his service to Dewsbury Rams and offer our condolences, thoughts and prayers to his wife Maureen and his family.

Funeral arrangments are as follows for the 13th July  

10.30am- A service will take place at Mount Tabor

12pm- Private Burial to take place at Horbury Cemertary, people can attend the burial if they wish, even though it is private.

Then a funeral tea will take place back at the Tetley’s Stadium.

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