Hockey mourns the loss of Julia Gill

Julia Gill - deceasedIt is with regret that the England Hockey has learned of the passing of Julia Gill. Julia died on 2nd October 2012 after a long battle with cancer.

Julia was involved in many aspects of the game. She was a member of the Southern Counties Umpires Association before progressing to the Men’s National League Panel.  She served as a member of the old EHA Management Committee and more recently on the England Hockey Umpiring Committee and Technical Appointments Panel.

At club level she was a member of Epsom Hockey Club for a number of years before retirement saw her move to the West Country. Here she was heavily involved with the Devon Counties Umpire Association whilst maintaining a national role as a selector for the National Programme Umpires Association.

Julia is best known as a technical official and officiated at a number of world level events. Her international career highlights include, officiating at the Athens and Beijing Olympics and taking the role of Tournament Director for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Away from the international scene, Julia never forgot her roots and was a regular and friendly face at all levels of domestic events around the country as a Tournament Director, Technical Officer and Umpire Manager.

Commenting on the sad news Stephen Barlow, England Hockey Competitions & Events Manager said “ Julia was a fantastic servant to the game. She brought a wealth of experience, guidance and good humour to all her different roles and we will miss her greatly”.

As a mark of respect all Devon clubs and those in the Investec Women’s Hockey League and Men’s Hockey League held a minute’s silence or applause before their games last weekend.

England Hockey sends its sincere condolences to Julia’s husband Bob.

The service to celebrate the life of Julia will be held at:

St Mary’s R C. Church, Higher Church Street, Barnstaple, EX32 8JE, at 2.00 p.m. on Monday 15th October.

Following the service at St. Mary’s, all guests are invited to join the family for refreshments at the Park Hotel, Taw Vale, Barnstaple, EX32 9AE.

Donations if desired to the North Devon Chemotherapy Unit Appeal by retiring collection or c/o W Gayton and Sons, Funeral Directors, Lauderdale Hopperstyle, Barnstaple, EX31 2LB. Tel 01271 342196

Julia particularly requested there to be no sad faces or sombre dress!

In order to have an understanding of the number of people planning to join us on Monday, please can those from hockey (Devon, NPUA and England) please send an email  to Jane Nockolds to confirm. Her email address is: janenockolds@btinternet.com