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'Gil' Hardy

31 May 2016

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Club officials were saddened to learn of the death of lifelong fan Frank Gilbert Hardy, who was known as 'Gil'.

Gil was born in 1929 in Wingerworth, when the family lived in one of the houses left over from the Wingerworth Hall Estate. 

Even as a child he was sports mad and his mother used to write 'sick notes' for his school so he could bunk off to watch football and cricket matches. 

After leaving school, Gil became a joiner and served his apprenticeship with a brewery and worked on many pubs in the area. 

Gil had to do his National Service stint at the end of the 1940s as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and spent some of that time serving in Kenya. 

After the Army he worked all over the UK as a ioiner for firms like Pochin etc. He eventually ended up living in Leek, Staffordshire and married Vera Sutton, who he leaves alongside his two daughters, Anita and Debbie and his three grandchildren, Lisa, Thomas and William and great grand-daughter, Ella. 

During all this time and right up to recently he followed the two sporting loves of his life, Chesterfield FC and Derbyshire County Cricket Club, until sadly in the last couple of years it was getting more difficult for him to attend matches due to problems both walking and sitting too long. 

However, even with less attendance he still kept up to date with both teams via the radio and TV, but more proudly at the age of 83 he mastered a laptop enough to be able to check the teams' websites regularly. 

Our thoughts are with Gil's family and friends at this time.

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