It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the recent death of Stanley Philips, long time Ulster Rugby and Ireland supporter, founder member of URSC and past Committee member. Stanley passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning from a heart attack. We offer our very sincere sympathy to his family in their sudden and unexpected bereavement.
Stanley was well known in the Ulster Rugby fraternity, and could always be relied upon to provide statistics on past Ulster and Ireland achievements, as well as keeping the URSC committee on their toes. An AGM without Stanley could not be a true AGM! A larger than life character – the list below only provides a glimpse.
- A voice of reason in an increasingly crazy world
- Helper of many – without asking for anything in return
- Lover of anything which tested his not inconsiderable mind
- Statistician extraordinaire
- Advisor in drafting URSC constitution and early supporters’ club meetings – “point of order Mr Chairman”!!!!!!
- Keen contributor to numerous rugby message boards and time traveller (with the aid of his lawnmower). No, Don’t ask.
- Not only was he respected, but he showed respect – he may not have agreed with or shared others’ beliefs, but he defended their right to adhere to them.
- Didn’t let things get him down – previous heart problems, but still enjoyed a smoke and a drink – wanted to enjoy what time was granted to him.
We are sure we’ve omitted loads. Many of you will have your own memories.
Stanley was our friend and we will miss him greatly!