Sadly, Peter Davis passed away recently, who was a friend to everyone at the croquet club.
Malcolm Kirby, our Chairman write the following tribute to Peter: -
Peter Davies…Well where do I begin ?
I first met Peter when I joined the Leighton Linslade Croquet Club in 2008 and in that time Peter and Irene have become close friends.
In the 1990’s Peter and Irene began and ran a croquet club at their home in Waterways, where Peter cared for the lawns and Irene organised the groups, drew up rotas and taught many people the rudiments of golf croquet. With a lot of help and determination from Peter and Irene , Margaret Brown, co-founded the LLCC in 2000. This club still thrives in Pages Park, with a membership of over 40 players. During the “off season” the club holds weekly social groups where members play dominoes, crib and a range of board games. Peter and I often played against and with each other and he was a canny opponent and a valuable partner.
Over the past six months Peter tried to overcome a stroke which he had earlier in the year and I know that during this time he managed to charm his way into the hearts and minds of all of the nurses and carers who supported him and Irene over this very trying time.
During his “residences” in a number of hospitals in Oxford and Milton Keynes and more recently his stay in The Orchard Lodge care home in Tilsworth, he retained his sense of humour and personality and regaled the nurses and carers with his life on , and under the sea. In fact when I first visited Peter at the Orchard Lodge , the person who greeted me said
“ …Oh , you’re looking for Peter the sailor..”.
During the nine years that I knew Peter, I learnt a lot about his life as a sub-mariner aboard a navy submarine, as well as his life in various far flung countries together with Irene. I learnt that a submarine is referred to as a boat and all other navy vessels are referred to as ships. I also learnt enough to know that I would not have coped very well aboard a submarine. For instance , Peter’s bunk was located between two torpedo tubes, and the toilet facilities left a lot to be desired.. Unless you consider a shower every couple of months, whether you needed it or not, to be acceptable !
Peter always spoke very lovingly and proudly about family.
When Peter was in MK hospital he became very bored so I took him a set of dominoes and we used to play most weeks. He managed to win every single time !
When he moved to Orchard Lodge he took the dominoes with him and during his short stay he graciously let me win twice !
It was a real shock to hear that Peter had fallen at the care home and had been rushed to Luton and Dunstable hospital in the middle of the night.
After only a few days in hospital he passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 11th of June, surrounded by his family.
I shall try to finish on a more cheerful note. Irene is still one of LLCC most enthusiastic members and a formidable opponent, and I hope to see her back there when she feels the time is right. I know there are many croquet club members who would be pleased to provide her with transport and an arm to lean on.
That’s it from me.
REST IN PEACE -- PETER DAVIES
Below are photos of Peter & Irene Davis taken recently on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding anniversary and also Peter's birthday.
Peter was in hospital and hoping to be home soon.
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