Alan Ruby

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015


It’s sad to report the death of a life Vice-President (together with his wife Jean, who survives him) and former President of SCAA, Alan Ruby of Holbrook Archers, aged 87. There was a large turn-out of family, friends, clubmates and many past and present archers at Crawley Crematorium to pay respects and remember a good friend and supporter of Sussex Archery, who was also one of the real Characters, a man with Vision, Reason, and Passion.

Rod Woodhatch has sent a short Obituary, which focusses on his Archery, and doesn’t cover Alan the Musician and Jazz Trumpeter, Alan the Motor-Cyclist, or Alan the Family Man …

Alan first caught the archery bug watching a tournament at Belfairs Park in Leigh-on-Sea, but he didn’t get the opportunity to participate until he moved to Horsham in 1964 when his employer, Sun Alliance Insurance Company relocated its head office there, and built a staff sports and social club on the (then) outskirts of the town. Football and archery were the first two field sports in the new facility, with Alan and a few like-minded individuals getting the sport going. Alan’s passion for archery was clear for all to see and he, together with some other enthusiastic members became Instructors, following which Sunallon Archers, despite being a closed club, flourished under Alan’s chairmanship.

His wife, Jean, son Michael and daughter Jill were all drawn into the sport and achieved some notable success, making Alan very proud. Alan was over the moon at being selected for the Sussex County Team, but his real motivation was in encouraging others to take up and enjoy archery as much as he himself did. He later became a coach and devoted much energy to teaching archery in a local school, and sports centre, as well as his own club, now open to public membership and renamed Holbrook Archers. He was always active in promoting archery, and in 2002 was honoured as Vice President and, ultimately President of Sussex County Archery Association. He took his club and County roles very seriously and only relinquished them when deteriorating health prevented him from fulfilling them to his satisfaction.

50 years a loyal and dedicated archer.

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